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Comey: Then-Atty. Gen. Lynch urged that the Hillary Clinton email probe be called a 'matter,' not 'investigation'

Former FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that then-Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch urged him to refer to the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails a “matter” instead of an “investigation.” 

Comey said in his Senate Intelligence Committee hearing that he was confused by the request and that it was one of the reasons he felt the need to publicly announce his findings in the Clinton email case. 

Comey said the other major factor was Lynch's meeting with former President Clinton on the tarmac of an Arizona airport. Comey said he had to announce his findings to protect the credibility of the FBI and the Justice Department. 

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