Senate Panel Seeks Details on Lynch Role in Clinton Probe

Posted June 24, 2017

A bipartisan group of Senate Judiciary Committee members sent a letter to former Attorney Loretta Lynch Friday seeking to confirm if she attempted to stifle the FBI investigation into the Hillary Clinton email probe. It was also the tarmac meeting between Lynch and Bill Clinton. Lynch tried to shape the way he talked about the investigation into Mrs. Clinton's emails, and he also hinted at other behavior "which I can not talk about yet" that made him anxious about Ms. And Debbie Wasserman Schultz denies having recounted any such conversation in an email.

Comey cited Lynch's June 2016 meeting with former President Bill Clinton on the tarmac of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport as contributing to his decision to hold the controversial press conference on July 5, in which he said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had decided against charging Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state.

Comey had also briefed high-ranking members of the aforementioned committees on documents he discovered indicating that Lynch was obstructing the case.

Feinstein last week in reference to former FBI Director's James Comey's June 8th testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence told CNN's State of the Union: "I think we need to know more about that, and there's only one way to know about it, and that's to have the Judiciary Committee take a look at that", she said.

"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. Additionally, the senators asked if the Federal Bureau of Investigation contacted them to investigate the alleged communications. "Lynch would keep the Clinton investigation from going too far". Citing anonymous sources, the Post reported the document was a Russian forgery deliberately planted to confuse the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Comey has said publicly that Ms.

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. Lynch declined to comment at the time.

The existence of the Russian intelligence memo was first disclosed in April by The New York Times, which said it played a role in Comey's decision previous year to bypass the normal chain of command and make a public announcement that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was not recommending criminal charges against Clinton.

Circa's report contrasts with a Washington Post claim that the Federal Bureau of Investigation provided Lynch with a "defensive briefing" on the alleged document in which she was reportedly cooperative.