FBI Director James Comey distrusted former Attorney General Loretta Lynch because he believed she helped play down the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private server, according to a new report.
Comey ended up plunging the FBI into the center of the 2016 presidential election when he reopened the investigation into Clinton’s emails just weeks before the election.
The New York Times revealed that Comey handled the investigations into Clinton and Donald Trump, very differently.
According to several government officials, Comey rewrote the script when it came down to the Clinton case, mainly because the FBI believed she would win the election and feared they would be accused of helping her.
In Trump’s case, Comey did everything by the book, with the FBI’s traditional secrecy, according to the Times.
It is claimed this master plan, which the Times has called a ‘go-it-alone strategy’, stemmed from Comey’s distrust of senior officials at the Justice Department, including his boss, Lynch.
Comey and other FBI officials felt Lynch and other in the Justice Department had provided Clinton with political cover, according to the Times.
During a meeting in September 2015, Lynch reportedly called on Comey to use the word ‘matter’ instead of ‘investigation’ when publicly discussing the Clinton case, three officials told the Times.