Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (R) gave his thoughts on the released testimony from former Attorney General Loretta Lynch where she disputed former FBI Director James Comey’s claim that she told him in private to refer to the Clinton email review as a “matter” and not an “investigation.”
While giving an interview on “Fox News Now,” Huckabee was pressed for his thoughts regarding the newly-released transcript of Lynch’s December testimony to the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees where it was revealed that she was “quite surprised” to hear Comey’s claim which alleged that the former attorney general instructed him to downplay the probe into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
Huckabee came out the gate swinging, pointing out that Lynch essentially “called [Comey] a liar” in her testimony and that the issue was “moving from a political theater to a legal theater.”
“She basically called him a liar. That’s something that he has been called a lot over the past few months by people who have looked at what he said and how it contradicts other things he said. I think what we’re seeing, Sandra, is that this whole issue is now moving from a political theater to a legal theater.”
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“And that means the rules are changed,” added Huckabee.
The former Arkansas governor went on to state that people could “say whatever they want[ed]” when the issue was about “political rhetoric” and that during that time, Comey could “present himself” as someone who knew “a lot” more than the general public.
“James Comey could speak politically, he could go on talk shows, promote his book,” said Huckabee. “He could present himself as some big deal who knew a lot and was a little more sanctimonious than pretty much anybody else in the country.”
He continued on to say that now, Attorney General William Barr would be looking for “whether or not people broke the law” and “not for the politics.”
“Now things have changed. William Barr is gonna be looking at this not for the politics but for whether or not people broke the law. Whether or not they stepped over their lines and did something that was not just unethical, but was illegal. Something that could cost them, really, their freedom.”
“I think it’s going to be interesting as these folks are turning on each other out of the matter of self-preservation,” Huckabee added.
The former Arkansas governor’s comments came the day after House Judiciary Committee ranking member Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) released the transcript of Lynch’s closed-door testimony to two House committees from December of last year.
As IJR Red previously reported, Collins also released the testimony transcripts from former FBI attorney Lisa Page’s private July 2018 testimony as well as Justice Department official Bruce Ohr’s August testimony from that year.