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Lynch pushes back on Comey’s account of Clinton email meeting

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Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch is pushing back against former FBI Director James Comey’s account of their discussions about the Hillary Clinton email probe.

In an interview with NBC’s “Today,” Lynch says Comey did not raise concerns with her during a meeting she believes took place in the fall of 2015. 

“It was a meeting like any other that we had had, where we talked about the issues,” Lynch said. “You know, we had a full and open discussion about it. And concerns were not raised.”

{mosads}Lynch said the issue discussed at the time was whether or not to confirm that there was an investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server.

Comey during testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee last year said he felt “queasy” following an exchange with Lynch in which she urged him to refer to the probe as “a matter” rather than an investigation.

“I don’t know whether it was intentional or not,” Comey told the panel at the time. “But it gave the impression that the attorney general was trying to align how we describe our work with the way it was being described in a political campaign.”  

Lynch said she did not watch Comey’s testimony at the time, but had heard about his comments.

“And my first response was where — what is the issue here?” Lynch said, referring to when she learned of Comey’s testimony. “I remember specifically talking with him — as we talked about sensitive things on a number of occasions.”

Lynch’s remarks come ahead of Comey’s book tour for “A Higher Loyalty,” which is slated for release on April 17.

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