Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said that there is a “growing body of evidence” that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch coordinated with the FBI during the Hillary Clinton investigation, suggesting that former FBI Director James Comey lied during testimony.
Appearing on “Fox & Friends” Thursday morning, Meadows, who is the chairman of the Freedom Caucus, explained that his team has obtained documents to build a “growing body of evidence” that suggests statements made by Comey denying any coordination between the FBI and the Justice Department during the Clinton investigation were false.
“We have emails that would suggest that [Comey] testimony was false and at best mislead the American public,” Meadows said. “At worst [it] was lying to Congress.”
Check out Meadows’ segment on “Fox & Friends” below:
Meadows referred to longstanding suspicions from some Republicans that Loretta Lynch worked with anti-Trump officials at the FBI to end the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server.
Fox host Brian Kilmeade brought up text messages obtained from FBI officials appearing to admit they were involved with a decision between the FBI and the DoJ to end the Clinton probe.
“I mean, this is like a third rate movie playing out on text messages,” Kilmeade exclaimed. “These people are supposed to be guarding our secrets and seeking truth and justice. They don’t even know how to secure their own texts.”
Meadows wasn’t particularly clear exactly what evidence he has to prove the coordination, but he mentioned emails from the Justice Department offering edits and instructions to the FBI about how best to frame the announcement of Clinton’s exoneration.
Kilmeade responded by saying that Comey and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was also fired, may turn on each other in the face of accusations of dishonesty.
Meadows said that both Comey and McCabe are trying to accuse the other of lying, and went on to explain that his information goes beyond the top tiers of leadership at the FBI and Justice Department.
“It’s other people within the FBI and DoJ who know that the testimony that Director Comey gave before Congress was not entirely the whole truth and nothing but the truth,” Meadows said. “And so as we look at that there’s also additional evidence that would suggest that DoJ narrowed the scope of the Hillary investigation to make sure that she was exonerated.”
The accusation of wrongdoing at the FBI and the Justice Department has become a rallying cry of sorts for some Republicans in the face of the Russia investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives.