In 2008, Barack Obama surged past Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary partially because of his pledge to offer a departure from politics as usual in Washington. What Obama gave the country, instead, was an attorney general who allegedly used her office to promote the election of Clinton as his successor.
In a hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week, former FBI Director James Comey testified under oath that, in 2016, then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch asked him to refer to the investigation in Hillary Clinton's emails as a "matter" rather than an investigation.
According to Comey's testimony:
The Clinton campaign at the time was using all kinds of euphemisms, security matters, things like that for what was going on. We were getting to a place where the attorney general and I were both going to testify and talk publicly about it I wanted to know was she going to authorize us to confirm we have an investigation. She said yes, don't call it that, call it a matter. I said why would I do that? She said, just call it a matter.
"It gave the impression that the attorney general was looking to align the way we talked about our work with the way [the Clinton campaign] was describing that. It was inaccurate," the former FBI director said. "We had an investigation open for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, we had an investigation open at the time. That gave me a queasy feeling."
Even Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., agrees.
"I would have a queasy feeling too," she told CNN on Sunday. "I think we need to know more about that, and there's only one way to know about it, and that's to have the Judiciary Committee take a look at that."
Feinstein, a liberal stalwart on Capitol Hill, lends credibility to calls for Lynch to face questions about her conduct.
Laughably, "a person close to" Lynch told the New York Times that "use of the bland term [matter] was intended to neither confirm nor deny that the investigation existed."
If Comey's account is accurate, Lynch used her weight at the helm of the Department of Justice to ask the FBI director to mislead the public about a serious investigation into a major party's nominee for president. Further, as Comey noted, Lynch's request closely mirrored the campaign's efforts to downplay the investigation. And, on top of all that, she also held a private meeting on the tarmac of the Phoenix airport with former President Bill Clinton last summer, amid her own department's investigation into his wife.
But we're supposed to believe Lynch asked Comey to use the same term as the Clinton campaign in the interest of fairness.
If Dianne Feinstein wants answers, so should we all.
Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.