FBI opens investigation into Loretta Lynch's alleged interference in Clinton email probe

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24 June, 2017

The letters, dated Thursday and signed by the committee's bipartisan leadership, demand answers and documents related to the 2016 investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server, especially reports that Clinton campaign operatives expressed confidence Lynch would keep that investigation from "going too far".

Fired FBI Director James Comey has said publicly that Lynch tried to manipulate the way in which he referred to the criminal investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server when she was Secretary of State. "The Senate Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction over the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department and is obliged to oversee any potential misconduct or inappropriate political influence at these agencies", Grassley said in a press statement.

Comey raised concerns about Lynch during public testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee earlier this month.

Trump and his allies insinuated that Clinton used the meeting to press Lynch to end the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails.

Chaffetz said agency Inspector General Michael Horowitz "has been diving into this" and is expected to release a comprehensive report on Lynch and her oversight on the now-closed FBI email investigation in "the first part of next year".

The Senate Judiciary Committee oversees the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department and says they are "obliged to oversee any potential misconduct or inappropriate political influence at these agencies". Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Sen.

"The accusations now that. the current and former attorney general were political - that has nothing to do with Russian Federation as much as it has to do with how the Department of Justice is being run", Graham added. The Post reported that the FBI considered the document bad intelligence and possibly even a fake sent to confuse the bureau.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz reportedly wrote an email recounting the Lynch-Renteria communication while she was still chair=woman of the Democratic National Committee. Members gave Lynch a deadline to answer their questions by July 6. "Lynch announced the case was closed, and Russian Federation leaked the document, Mr. Comey believed it would raise doubts about the independence of the investigation", the three-page letter stated.

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

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


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