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Comey Won’t Give “Classified” Answers to Questions About AG Loretta Lynch Protecting Hillary Clinton

The F.BI. Director declined to comment on a New York Times report that said documents indicated Lynch guaranteed Clinton’s protection from prosecution.

FBI Director James Comey declined to answer questions regarding a reported DNC document that alleges former Attorney General Loretta Lynch guaranteed protection for Hillary Clinton during the investigation into her e-mail server.

The New York Times reported in late April that Comey did not trust Lynch with the investigation:

The Times found that this go-it-alone strategy was shaped by his distrust of senior officials at the Justice Department, who [Comey] and other F.B.I. officials felt had provided Mrs. Clinton with political cover. The distrust extended to his boss, Loretta E. Lynch, the attorney general, who Mr. Comey believed had subtly helped play down the Clinton investigation.

His misgivings were only fueled by the discovery last year of a document written by a Democratic operative that seemed — at least in the eyes of Mr. Comey and his aides — to raise questions about her independence. In a bizarre example of how tangled the F.B.I. investigations had become, the document had been stolen by Russian hackers.

Questioned by Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Comey declined to answer inquiries into the nature or existence of the alleged document. He said his answer would require a “classified response.”