Senate panel seeks details on Lynch role in Clinton probe

Justin Greene
June 25, 2017

Top members of the bipartisan Senate Judiciary Committee are asking former Attorney General Loretta Lynch to answer questions about whether she attempted to sway the outcome of the FBI's investigation in to Hillary Clinton's email server.

The letters are signed by Grassley, ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein, the chairman of a subcommittee, Lindsey Graham of SC, and its top Democrat, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.

The panel cited reports in The New York Times and the Washington Post that the Federal Bureau of Investigation obtained hacked documents that suggested Lynch assured Renteria would not "go too far".

"To the best of your knowledge, did any of your Justice Department staff or your other associates communicate with Rep. Wasserman Schultz, her staff, her associates, or any other current or former DNC officials about the Clinton email investigation?"

However, 11 days before the 2016 presidential election, Comey sent a letter to several Congressional committees announcing that the FBI was re-opening the Clinton email investigation after having discovered more than 600,000 emails of interest in an unrelated probe.

The Washington Post followed up in May, calling the document "dubious" but identifying it as a Russian report on an alleged email between Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Leonard Bernardo, the Eurasia Director of leftist billionaire George Soros's infamous Open Societies Foundations.

CBS News confirmed the existence of the Russian intelligence document after the Post reported it.

In that email, the committee said that Waserman Schultz admitted Lynch had private talks with a senior Clinton campaign staffer, Amanda Renteria.

Comey told the committee earlier this month that Lynch, his superior in the Justice Department, had asked him to refer to the probe as a "matter", rather than an investigation, while authorizing him to confirm its existence.

The senators - Republicans Lindsay Graham and Chuck Grassley and Democrats Dianne Feinstein and Sheldon Whitehouse - were prompted in part by former FBI Director James Comey's June Senate testimony, in which he said that he was "confused" and "concerned" by Lynch's treatment of the investigation.

Circa reported that Comey also discussed his communications with Lynch in a closed-door meeting with lawmakers.

The Post story cited a Clinton aide who alleged that Lynch told them she would not allow the Clinton investigation to go to far. The committee is also reviewing the circumstances of James Comey's recent termination from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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