Senate will investigate former AG Lynch over alleged interference in Clinton email probe

The Senate Committee on the Judiciary has issued a letter to former Attorney General Loretta Lynch requesting she respond to questions concerning her role in the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server.

Ms. Lynch is not requested to testify in front of the Senate committee, but to respond in writing to a series of questions.

The three-page letter was signed by Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) and fellow judiciary committee members Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.).

Among the committee’s priorities are questions related to Lynch’s impartiality during the FBI probe of former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

According to the letter, three incidents have piqued committee members:  The first stems from an April New York Times report detailing a leaked memo from a Democratic staffer expressing confidence in Lynch’s ability to use the power of her office at the Justice Department to control the Bureau’s inquiry in the Clinton investigation.

Specifically, the FBI is reported to have obtained an email or memo “written by a Democratic operative who expressed confidence that Ms. Lynch would keep the Clinton investigation from going too far,” read one memo.

A second leaked email unearthed in March 2016 reveals Lynch allegedly assured Clinton campaign officials she would not “push too deeply into the matter,” meaning Clinton’s email server.

Later, in the same leaked email, former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is revealed to have admitted contact existed between Lynch and Clinton staff member, Amanda Renteria, assuring Lynch had no intention of allowing the investigation to proceed “too far.”

Complicating matters for Lynch was former FBI Director James Comey’s June 8 testimony in which Comey admitted Lynch ordered him to modify his language when referring to the FBI’s investigation.  According to Comey, Lynch directed him to label the FBI’s investigation as a “matter” instead of an investigation.

During that appearance in front of the Judiciary Committee, Comey explained he felt “queasy” when ordered by Lynch to do as much and described the then-investigation into Clinton’s maintaining a private server as a “criminal investigation.”

Lynch, a former two-time U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, served as U.S. attorney general for former President Obama from 2015–’17.

Ms. Lynch is required to submit answers to the committee by Thursday, July 6, 2017.

 

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