Timeline of Comey and Lynch Favoritism in Clinton Email Probe
March 2015: Clinton tells reporters she deleted more than 30,000 emails from her personal server related to her work at the State Department because “they were personal and private about matters that I believed were within the scope of my personal privacy”.
August 2015: Following her announcement for candidacy for Presidency, the FBI confirmed its investigation into Clinton’s use of a private server during her tenure as Secretary of State. After a year-long investigation, the FBI reported it recovered more than 17,000 emails deleted or not turned over to the State Department, many of which were work-related.
June 27, 2016: Weeks prior to the Democratic National Committee convention, Lynch and former President Bill Clinton met on a tarmac in Phoenix, Arizona for approximately 30 minutes. The meeting raised questions as to whether the Department of Justice was conducting the Hillary Clinton email investigation impartially.
July 1, 2016: Attorney General Loretta Lynch announces publicly she would accept the FBI’s recommendations regarding Hillary’s Clinton email investigation.
July 2, 2016: Hillary Clinton is interviewed by the FBI for 3.5 hours.
July 5, 2016: FBI Director James Comey gives a rare address regarding Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified information, detailing numerous instances of various levels of classified information being mishandled in clear and repeated felony violation of Section 793(f) of the Federal penal code (Title 18). Comey would describe Clinton as “extremely careless” in her duties at State, before announcing the FBI would not be recommending charges against Clinton.
July 6, 2016: Lynch accepted the FBI’s recommendation not to charge Clinton.
July 26, 2016: Clinton accepts the Democratic Party’s nomination after being exposed for having been favored for nomination behind the scenes.
September 28, 2016: After months of defending his decision, Comey once again defended his recommendation in a congressional oversight hearing, infamously stating, “You can call us wrong, but don’t call us weasels. We are not weasels. Whether or not you agree with the result, this was done the way you want it to be done.”
Monday, October 17, 2016: FBI notes reveal Patrick Kennedy, State’s undersecretary for management, pressured the FBI to change classified markings on an email that had been upgraded to “secret”.
October 28, 2016: Comey announced new emails discovered on the laptop of former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, who was married to top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, and that the emails may be related to the FBI’s Clinton email investigation.
November 6, 2016: Two days prior to the presidential election, Comey addressed lawmakers saying that the FBI’s decision not to recommend charges against Clinton still stands.
January 20, 2017: President Donald J. Trump is inaugurated.
February 8, 2017: Jeff Sessions is sworn in as Attorney General.
May 9, 2017: Comey is dismissed by President Donald Trump.