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Senate Judiciary Committee Investigating Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch

25 June 2017

The Senate Judiciary Committee has opened a bipartisan investigation into whether former Attorney General Loretta Lynch interfered politically in the criminal probe of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state.

On June 11, Feinstein told CNN that while she could not say whether Lynch asked Comey to provide "semantic cover" to the Clinton campaign, she "would feel queasy, too" if she had been in Comey's shoes.

Lynch concurred with Comey's recommendation that Clinton should not be charged and that decision was believed to have been the end of the matter. The supposed Russian document said that in this email, Wasserman-Schultz claimed Lynch had assured a Clinton aide, Amanda Renteria, that she wouldn't let the FBI investigation into Clinton's emails go too far.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction over both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department, and the senators are seeking "details about the reported communication, copies of any related documents and whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation contacted them to investigate the alleged communication".

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

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Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island), the chair and ranking member of the Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee, also signed on to the letter.

Comey chose to announce the investigation out of his concerns over Lynch's impartiality, including her spontaneous June meeting with former President Bill Clinton aboard a grounded plane, and based on the Russian intelligence document he suspected was fake.

Lynch's surprise meeting with Bill Clinton on an airport tarmac last June drew instant scrutiny from Republicans.

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. The Post reported that one of the foundation's affiliates, Leonard Bernardo, received an email from Rep. However, the Post reported the documents were viewed within the Federal Bureau of Investigation as unreliable and possibly fake, and Renteria has said Russians used her to spread the false information.

During the entire five months President Trump has been in office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and two congressional committees have been looking onto the possibility that collusion existed between his election campaign and the Kremlin.

Senate Judiciary Committee Investigating Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch