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FLASHBACK: Comey Calls Barr a ‘Talented Person’ Who Will ‘Serve the Justice Department Well’

Disgraced former FBI Boss James Comey publicly praised William Barr in December 2018

Despite the Democrats non-stop attacks aimed at the Attorney General in recent days, disgraced former FBI Boss James Comey publicly praised William Barr in December 2018; saying he will “serve the Justice Department well.”

“I like and respect Bill Barr.  I know he’s an institutionalist who cares deeply about the integrity of the Justice Department. So, I’m sure he’ll use the standard career resources he has to judge what he should be involved in or what he shouldn’t be involved in. But Bill Barr is a is a talented person who was a good Attorney General the first time. I liked him very much then. I think he’ll serve the Justice Department well,” Comey told reporters.

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Comey’s comments come days after recently released transcripts showed former Attorney General Loretta Lynch directly rebuked the FBI boss’s Congressional testimony last year.

“So you do not believe you ever instructed him to call it a matter?” one lawmaker asked Lynch.

“I did not. I have never instructed a witness as to what to say specifically. Never have. Never will,” fired-back the former Attorney General.

Lynch’s comments directly refute Comey’s Congressional testimony.

<em>QUESTION: And then you made a comment earlier about the Attorney General, previous AG [Lynch] asking you about the investigation on the Clinton emails, saying that you were asked not to call it an ‘Investigation’ anymore, but to call it a ‘Matter.’ And you said that confused you. Can you give us additional details on that?</em>

<em>COMEY: Well, it concerned me, because we were at the point where we refused to confirm the existence of an investigation –as we usually do– for months,. And it was getting to a place where that looked silly, because the campaigns were talking about interacting with the FBI in the course of our work.</em>

<em>The Clinton campaign at the time was using all kinds of euphemisms, ‘security review,’ ‘matter.’ Things like that.</em>

<em>For what was going on. We were getting to a place where the Attorney General and I were going to have to testify and talk publicly about it, and I wanted to know if she would authorize us to confirm we had an investigation. And she said yes, but don’t call it that, call it a ‘Matter.’ And I said why would I do that? And [Lynch] said just call it a ‘Matter.’</em>

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