Senate probes Loretta Lynch's alleged interference in Clinton email investigation

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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. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.), then-chair of the Democratic National Committee, relaying Lynch's conversation with the Clinton staffer. Comey's concern that the document might be leaked supposedly went far in convincing him he needed to get out of ahead of it and accurately characterize the investigation.

The issue essentially died when Trump defeated Clinton but resurfaced a few weeks ago when former FBI Director James Comey testified on Capitol Hill that he was uncomfortable with the tarmac meeting.

Letters also went to Renteria, Leonard Benardo, and Gail Scovell of George Soros' Open Society Foundations.

The Washington Post reported in May that during the presidential campaign, the Federal Bureau of Investigation received a document of questionable authenticity that was supposedly prepared by Russian intelligence.

What communications, if any, did you have with then-Attorney General Lynch, her staff, her associ.ates, or any other Department of Justice officials in 2015 and 2016 related to the Clinton email investigation? Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who served at the time as DNC chair, was allegedly hacked by Russian Federation, though the Federal Bureau of Investigation later discounted its reliability. Lynch declined to comment to the Post on the story.

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That backlash ultimately led Lynch to say she would accept the findings of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and career prosecutors who were investigating Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is investigating former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, according to a statement posted on the committee's website Friday afternoon. By July 6, the Judiciary Committee requests copies of the documents and emails in question, and well as answers as to whether they existed in the first place and if the Federal Bureau of Investigation had previously tried to obtain them for the recipients.

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.

Sen. Lindsay Graham, who would have been present for classified testimony on the Russian Federation probe, has publicly stated that he doubted the purported Lynch document was fake.