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.
In a news release on his Senate website, Chairman Chuck Grassley (D-Iowa) said that he, Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein, Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee Chairman Lindsey Graham and Ranking Member Sheldon Whitehouse had sought information about Lynch's alleged interference. The alleged email was supposed to have said that Lynch had assured the Clinton campaign's Amanda Renteria that the FBI investigation would not "go too far". Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.), then-chair of the Democratic National Committee, relaying Lynch's conversation with the Clinton staffer.
The Clinton campaign was terming the investigation, which was in fact an investigation, a "matter".
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The committee also sent letters to two officials at the Open Society Foundation, an organization founded by liberal billionaire George Soros.
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Fired FBI Director James Comey said during his May 3 Senate testimony that he was prodded to come forward last July with his findings about Clinton in part because he feared Lynch's activity could compromise his agency's independence. According to the Post report, the document - reportedly central to Comey's actions on the Clinton e-mail probe - was assessed by Comey's own Federal Bureau of Investigation to be unreliable and possibly fake. This prompted Feinstein, the committee's top Democrat, to back the call for Lynch to testify.
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Trump and his allies insinuated that Clinton used the meeting to press Lynch to end the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails. "If so, please describe the communications and provide all records relating to them", the committee's letter to Lynch asked.
He said Lynch "directed me not to call it an investigation and call it a matter - which confused me". The committee is also reviewing the circumstances of James Comey's recent termination from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Circa reported that Comey also discussed his communications with Lynch in a closed-door meeting with lawmakers.
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Whatever the doubts about it's authenticity, however, the document is widely claimed to have played into Comey's decision to make his public pronouncements about the Clinton email investigation, the putative reason for his firing by President Donald Trump this May.