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Comey repeats that Lynch asked him to describe Clinton investigations as a ‘matter’

James B. Comey once again described his interactions with Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch and suggested that she tried to get the former FBI director to reshape characterizations of his agency’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

“Just call it a matter,” Lynch told Comey, he recalled under questioning by Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.).

Lankford asked why he didn’t push back on those requests, and Comey said he concluded, “This isn’t a hill worth dying on, and so I just said, ‘Okay.’ The press is going to completely ignore it – and that’s what happened.”

Sure enough, Comey said, news agencies described the FBI’s work as an investigation. But Lynch’s request “concerned me because that language tracked with how the campaign was talking about how the FBI was doing its work.”

“I don’t know whether it was intentional or not,” Comey added later, “but it gave the impression that the attorney general was trying to align how we describe our work” with how the Clinton campaign was talking about it.

Such requests gave Comey “a queasy feeling,” he said.

James Comey testimony: Updates and reaction

Former FBI director James B. Comey is set to testify today in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.; a closed hearing is to start at 1 p.m.

Comey’s testimony was previewed on Wednesday in written remarks in which he describes President Trump’s demand of loyalty and the investigations.