Senate panel seeks details on Lynch role in Clinton probe

Jackie Newman
June 24, 2017

A spokesman for Lynch said Friday that Lynch will cooperate fully with the inquiry and respond directly to the committee.

"Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein, Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee Chairman Lindsey Graham and Ranking Member Sheldon Whitehouse sought information about alleged political interference by then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch during the FBI's investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server".

President Donald Trump fired Comey on May 9, citing a memo by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that accused the Federal Bureau of Investigation director of mishandling the Clinton email probe, among other things.

Sen. Charles E. Grassley, chairman of the committee, said the investigation is bipartisan.

Largely unreported by the news media, these questions surrounding Lynch are so serious that, in his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee this month, Comey conceded that the appointment of a special counsel in the Clinton e-mail case would have been appropriate due to his concerns about Lynch. The alleged document was first reported by The New York Times, which quoted sources saying that the Federal Bureau of Investigation possessed information that the alleged Lynch document had been hacked by Russian intelligence, leading Comey to fear that Moscow could leak the document to call into question the independence of the Clinton e-mail probe. "Lynch would keep the [investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server] from going too far". She has not publicly commented on Comey's testimony. It was also the tarmac meeting between Lynch and Bill Clinton.

Of course, it wasn't just this email that prompted Comey. Amanda Renteria, the person Lynch allegedly told, says she doesn't know Lynch and has never spoken to her. The language matched the specific rhetoric used at the time by Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, which referred to the criminal investigation as a "matter". Lynch had attempted to change the way the Federal Bureau of Investigation described its probe of Mrs. Clinton's use of a private email server.

Clinton as of late has blamed Comey and host of other parties for her defeat at the hands of President Donald Trump.

Such a decision would normally be up to the Department of Justice and Lynch as its leader, but Comey testified to the Judiciary Committee on May 3 that "a number things had gone on, some of which I cannot 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". "That's not even in our bailiwick", the Speaker said in response to a question from TMN.

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