Senate opens investigation of former Attorney General Loretta Lynch

Fired FBI Director James Comey had told the Senate in his testimony that Lynch had tried to shape the FBI's investigation and its statements to the public about the investigation.
By Paul Pate | Jun 26, 2017
The Senate Judiciary Committee has initiated a probe into whether former Attorney General Loretta Lynch inappropriately interfered last year in the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails, the committee's chairman said Friday. The committee has issued Lynch a letter asking her for details of her actions during the 2016 investigation and whether she ever assured Clinton associates that the FBI wouldn't "push too deeply into the matter."

Fired FBI Director James Comey had told the Senate in his testimony that Lynch had tried to shape the FBI's investigation and its statements to the public about the investigation. He said that he had conducted his investigation of Clinton's email server separately from the Department of Justice and announced its conclusion to Congress himself in June 2016 instead of leaving it to Lynch partly because he believed her to be too biased in favor of Clinton to act impartially.

Comey cited several examples of her behavior, including a 2015 meeting in which she instructed him to call the investigation a "matter" and not an investigation in public statements. He also noted that in 2016, after a DOJ statement reported that they had received a criminal referral pursuant to the FBI's investigation, the DOJ retracted the statement and re-released it without the word "criminal."

The committee opened this investigation while it continues to probe Russian involvement in the Trump campaign during the election. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), committee chair, said the committee is going about all of these inquiries in a nonpartisan fashion. The letter to Lynch included his signature and committee members Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

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