WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Former FBI Director James Comey testified on Thursday during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing that addressed his firing and the ongoing investigation into collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign.
During the session, Comey revealed that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s meeting with former President Bill Clinton played a major role in opening up Secretary Hillary Clinton’s email investigation. Here’s a look at how this saga began.
August 12, 2015
Hillary Clinton’s private server is turned over to the Justice Department according to one of Clinton’s lawyers. The investigation is looking into whether she used a private email server to send messages which contained classified information. FBI officials speculate that it will take months to examine material and come to a conclusion as to what happened.
June 19, 2016
Lynch tells Fox News Sunday that Clinton’s investigation will not be treated differently from other investigations, according to CNN. "The investigation into the State Department email matter is going to be handled like any other matter. We've got career agents and lawyers looking at that. They will follow the facts and follow the evidence wherever it leads and come to a conclusion."
June 30, 2016
Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s plane was parked on the tarmac at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Former President Bill Clinton boarded Lynch’s plane and had a discussion with the AG. Lynch maintains that the discussions with the former president and husband to Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton, was not about Hillary’s email server. There was a large controversy regarding if the former Secretary of State had sent and received classified emails on an unsecured server. Lynch was responsible for the investigation into use of the email server.
"There was no discussion of any matter pending for the department or any matter pending for any other body. There was no discussion of Benghazi, no discussion of the State Department emails, by way of example," Lynch said of the meeting.
July 1, 2016
Lynch acknowledged her meeting with Clinton “cast a shadow” over the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server during an interview with the Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart. She also said she would accept whatever the FBI’s recommendation was once their investigation is over. Lynch referred to her interaction with Clinton as a “social meeting” but also probably wouldn’t have done it if she could do it all over again.
July 2, 2016
Former President Bill Clinton said in reflecting on his meeting with Lynch, he probably would not meet with her again.
July 2, 2016
Officials from the FBI interviewed Hillary Clinton about her private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State. "She is pleased to have had the opportunity to assist the Department of Justice in bringing this review to a conclusion," Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said. "Out of respect for the investigative process, she will not comment further on her interview." Clinton was interviewed for three and a half hours.
July 6, 2016
Lynch announces Clinton will not be charged for using a private email server concluding the Department of Justice’s investigation.
March 15, 2017
Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, sued the Justice Department to find out more information about Lynch’s meeting with Clinton in Phoenix.
May 3, 2017
Comey testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee and was asked about his relationship with former attorney general Loretta Lynch. The former FBI director stated, "a number of things had gone on which I can’t talk about yet, that made me worry that the department leadership could not credibly complete the investigation and decline prosecution without grievous damage to the American people’s confidence in the justice system.”
June 8, 2017
Comey states in testimony before Senate, that former President Obama's Attorney General asked him not to call the investigation into Secretary Hillary Clinton's email server a "matter" not an "investigation.”
The Associated Press contributed to this story.