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Senate panel seeks details on Lynch role in Clinton probe

Senate panel seeks details on Lynch role in Clinton probe

A bipartisan group of committee members is probing former Attorney General Loretta Lynch's interference on behalf of Trump's rival - former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the FBI's criminal investigation into her email scandal. This all stems from a May 24 story in the Washington Post that reported that Lynch told Renteria that she would not let the FBI investigation of Clinton go very far. Lindsey Graham and Sheldon Whitehouse, the chairman and ranking member of the key investigative subcommittee.

The Clinton campaign was terming the investigation, which was in fact an investigation, a "matter".

He also told the Judiciary Committee last month that he had been anxious the Justice Department couldn't "credibly" decline to prosecute Clinton without "grievous damage to the American people's confidence in the justice system".

Then, on June 8, Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Lynch had personally instructed him not to call the Clinton email probe an investigation, but to refer to it as "a matter", echoing the language used by the Clinton campaign.

Comey testified to Congress earlier this month that Lynch's instructions to him about how to frame the probe caused him to lose confidence in Lynch's independence, and that of DOJ. "Lynch would keep the [investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server] from going too far".




All were also asked whether they had been contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation under Comey regarding the allegations or provided them with any documents pertaining to the communications.

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.

"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? If so, please describe the communications and provide all records relating to them".

The senators ask Lynch in the letter if "anyone from the Federal Bureau of Investigation ever discuss or otherwise mention to you emails, memos, or reports" mentioned in the reports from The New York Times and The Washington Post.

The inquiry comes as the Senate Judiciary Committee examines the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, who President Trump says he dismissed due in part to his handling of the Clinton email probe.


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