This story is one that’s left over from the Sunday show circuit, but it had a lot of the commentariat chattering about how scrupulous and non-partisan the Senate Judiciary Committee is being. Of course they are up to their armpits in investigations regarding all things Comey and Trump, but would they do anything about the second Comey bombshell vis-à-vis Loretta Lynch pressuring Comey to use Clinton campaign talking points last year? Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) went on CNN this past Sunday and seemed to hint that they might. (Daily Caller)
Comey testified on Thursday that Lynch instructed him, without explanation, to call the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use a private email server as secretary of a state a “matter” instead of an investigation. Lynch’s request, Comey said, made him feel “queasy” as it appeared she was “looking to align the way we talked about our work with the way the political campaign was describing the same activity, which was inaccurate.”
“I would have a queasy feeling, too,” Feinstein admitted in a Sunday morning interview on CNN. “I think we need to know more about that and there’s only way to know about it, and that’s to have the judiciary committee take a look at that.”
So we’re on our way to having Loretta Lynch answer some questions and probably drag Hill and Bill into the fray as well, right? (One has to include Bill because of the infamous meeting on the tarmac where they only discussed golf and grandchildren, you understand.) I wouldn’t bet all of my lunch money on that just yet. Let’s keep in mind that Feinstein wasn’t on State of the Union to talk about Lynch. She was there to discuss Donald Trump and whether he personally strong-armed James Comey in an effort to shut down an investigation into Flynn. The only reason she made that comment about Lynch was that the host asked her about it.
And even then, you’ll notice a shift in the verbiage. When talking about Comey and Trump there were calls for an investigation and committee hearings. When pressed about Comey and Lynch all we heard Feinstein say is that we might want, “to have the judiciary committee take a look at that.” What does “take a look” mean in this context? Will there be hearings with subpoenas and witnesses giving testimony under oath? Or will somebody place a phone call to the now retired Lynch just to make sure she’s okay?
Compare these comments to when Feinstein was ready to start Obstruction of Justice proceedings against the President. She didn’t need a reporter prodding her for that. And since what’s past is prologue, let’s put current events in the context of how Feinstein reacted to a different FBI investigation which was taking place in the summer of 2016. At that time, when asked about the Clinton email scandal and Comey’s efforts to look into it she was quick to declare that enough was enough. (The Hill)
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said critics should stop focusing on Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton’s email controversy and start concentrating on the issues facing the country.
“This goes on and on and on. We’re reaching the final stages of a primary,” she said on ABC’s “This Week” in an interview that aired Sunday.
“Hillary Clinton is going to win this primary. I say enough is enough. Let’s get to the major problems facing this nation.”
Apparently enough is never enough if it’s Donald Trump we’re talking about, eh Senator?
One last thing to consider is the speed at which the Senate Judiciary Committee can move when they want to. They were scheduling hearings and lining up witnesses into the Comey – Flynn thing basically before the former FBI director had finished his opening remarks. But what about Loretta Lynch? The news has now been out there for a couple of weeks and a couple of days have passed since Feinstein dropped that comment on CNN. Have you heard any more about upcoming hearings on this subject?
I can tell you what I’ve heard. Crickets.