Politics The Latest: Lynch defends herself amid criticism from Comey

03:06  16 april  2018
03:06  16 april  2018 Source:   Associated Press

The Latest: Lynch defends herself amid criticism from Comey

  The Latest: Lynch defends herself amid criticism from Comey <p>Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch is defending her actions in the Hillary Clinton email investigation following criticism from former FBI Director James Comey.</p>6:15 p.m.

Lynch testified before Congress amid a roiling national debate over police violence and as House Bob Goodlatte asked Lynch why she did not recuse herself from the matter after meeting with Lynch repeatedly referred the committee to last week's testimony by FBI Director James Comey , who

White House defends James Comey amid scathing criticism over FBI director’s reopening of Clinton probe Clinton herself also weighed in, telling a crowd in Kent, Ohio, that “there is no case here.” “ She ( Lynch ) left the email investigation to Comey , and he exercised his discretion,” Kessler said.

Esta fotografía muestra el libro © The Associated Press Esta fotografía muestra el libro "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership" del exdirector del FBI James Comey, en Nueva York el viernes 13 de abril de 2017. (AP Foto/Bebeto Matthews)

WASHINGTON — The Latest on former FBI Director James Comey's book (all times local):

6:15 p.m.

Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch is defending her actions in the Hillary Clinton email investigation following criticism from former FBI Director James Comey.

In a statement to The Associated Press, Lynch responds to criticism from Comey in his forthcoming book that, early in the email inquiry, she had instructed him to refer to it as a "matter" rather than an "investigation."

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President Trump fired James Comey late Tuesday, and better now than never. That should have been the AG’s responsibility, and Loretta Lynch had never recused herself . “The Director now defends his decision by asserting that he believed Attorney General Loretta Lynch had a conflict.

Lynch says she was simply following longstanding Justice Department protocol against confirming or denying the existence of an investigation.

She says she rose above politics throughout the email investigation, and never discussed it with anyone from the Clinton campaign or the Democratic National Committee.

Lynch also says that Comey never raised any concerns with her regarding the email investigation.

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8:05 a.m.

President Donald Trump is again calling former FBI Director James Comey a "slimeball" ahead of the publication of his new book.

Trump's morning tweet comes ahead of Comey's interview with ABC to be broadcast in full on Sunday evening.

In an excerpt shown Saturday, Comey says his belief that Hillary Clinton would win the 2016 presidential election was a factor in his decision to disclose the investigation into her emails.

In his tweet, Trump says: "Unbelievably, James Comey states that Polls, where Crooked Hillary was leading, were a factor in the handling (stupidly) of the Clinton Email probe. In other words, he was making decisions based on the fact that he thought she was going to win, and he wanted a job. Slimeball!"

James Comey says Trump tweets about him like a breakup he "can't get over" .
The former FBI director's "A Higher Loyalty" describes President Trump as a man "untethered to truth"Colbert began the show by jokingly asking Comey for his loyalty, and pouring red wine into a paper cup — which is what Comey said he did on a flight home from Los Angeles after he found out he was fired from television. Comey's book and comments about his time as FBI director have irritated Mr. Trump, who called the former FBI leader a "slime ball," among other things.

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