Senate panel seeks details on Lynch role in Clinton probe

Kari Scott
June 25, 2017

The letters are signed by Grassley, ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein, the chairman of a subcommittee, Lindsey Graham of SC, and its top Democrat, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.

Prior to that, on April 22, 2017 the New York Times had reported the Federal Bureau of Investigation obtained an email in which then-chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Debbie Wasserman Schultz claimed Lynch had been in private communication with Clinton campaign staffer Amanda Renteria.

"It gave me a queasy feeling, " Comey testified, adding that the direction gave him the "impression" that the DOJ was aligning itself with the Clinton campaign.

During Comey's Senate testimony, the former FBI director stated he was concerned about Lynch telling the FBI to describe the Clinton investigation as a "matter", which was the same term used by Clinton's presidential campaign team.

What communications, if any, did Mr. Benardo have with Rep. Wasserman Schultz, her staff, her associates, or any other current or former DNC officials related to any representations then-Attorney General Lynch may have made related to the Clinton email investigation? Citing anonymous sources, the Post reported the document was a Russian forgery deliberately planted to confuse the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"Still, the document, according to The Washington Post, factored into then-FBI Director James Comey's controversial decision to publicly announce the end of the Clinton email investigation - without discussing it in advance with Lynch", CBS News writes.

A key Senate panel wants to know more about former Attorney General Lorretta Lynch's role in the investigation of Hillary Clinton's email server.

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Among them is a New York Times story in April that is based in part on a hacked and unconfirmed electronic documents obtained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in which a Democratic operative expressed confidence Lynch will keep the Clinton probe from going too far.

He said Lynch "directed me not to call it an investigation and call it a matter - which confused me".

An email purportedly sent by Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was the Democratic National Committee chair at the time, was reportedly hacked.

It was also the tarmac meeting between Lynch and Bill Clinton. Citing a person familiar with the discussion, the Post reported that Lynch told Federal Bureau of Investigation officials she did not know who Renteria is, and had "never communicated with her".

The committee posed several other questions to Lynch in the letter: Did anyone from the Federal Bureau of Investigation ever discuss or mention these emails?

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who also signed the letter to Lynch, agreed with Cornyn.

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