Senate announces probe of Loretta Lynch behavior in 2016 election

Erica Roy
June 25, 2017

The Senate Judiciary Committee has opened a probe into former Attorney General Loretta Lynch for her possible role in thwarting the FBI from investigating Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign.

On Friday, ABC News reported that members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are examining what role, if any, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch played in the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Comey told the committee the request concerned him because that was the same language that was being used by Clinton's campaign.

The investigation may also probe whether president trump committed obstruction of justice in his firing of former FBI director Jim Comey.

The FBI was investigating whether Clinton mishandled classified information over her private server while serving as secretary of state.

The Senators sent letters to individuals involved in those communications, including Lynch and members of left-wing billionaire George Soros's group Open Society Foundation.

The document, however, was believed to be bad intelligence, according to the Post. This prompted Feinstein, the committee's top Democrat, to back the call for Lynch to testify.

In that email, the committee said that Waserman Schultz admitted Lynch had private talks with a senior Clinton campaign staffer, Amanda Renteria. Lynch declined to comment at the time. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who served at the time as DNC chair, was allegedly hacked by Russian Federation, though the Federal Bureau of Investigation later discounted its reliability. The Post reported that one of the foundation's affiliates, Leonard Bernardo, received an email from Rep.

The Washington Post story reported the document in question was viewed as "unreliable and possibly a fake" by people within the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The committee is also reviewing the circumstances of James Comey's recent termination from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Lynch and former president Bill Clinton (center-right) met on an airport tarmac in Arizona past year, but insisted they never discussed Hillary's pending case.

Grassley writes that Comey's concern that the "communication would raise doubts about the investigations independence" caused him to begin discussing plans to announce the end of the Clinton email investigation rather than simply referring it the Department of Justice for a prosecutorial decision.

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