According to former FBI Director James Comey, the Obama administration asked the FBI not to refer to the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails as an “investigation.”
Instead, Comey testified that Attorney General Loretta Lynch requested that the FBI refer to the Clinton investigation as a “matter.”
Comey said the instruction “concerned him,” according to a report on CNN, but he failed to follow up on his concern.
Comey asked the Attorney General what they both would say if called to testify. I wanted to know, was she going to 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 she said, ‘Just call it a matter.
— Former FBI Director James Comey
Comey said that his decision to make his widely criticized public statements about Clinton’s emails before Congress were driven by a meeting that AG Lynch had with former President Bill Clinton as their planes were parked on the same tarmac.
It seems odd that Comey failed at the time to mention his instructions from AG Lynch to refer to the Clinton investigation as a “matter.”