The Senate Judiciary Committee has opened a probe into former Attorney General Loretta Lynch's efforts to shape the FBI's investigation into 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, the committee's chairman announced Friday.
Lynch last June met with the 42 president aboard a private plane on the tarmac of the Phoenix Airport.
Under sworn questioning, Comey has veered off the topic of President Trump and Russian Federation and revealed several damning incidents in which his predecessor's administration politically interfered in the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Lynch was troublesome because it closely mirrored what the Clinton campaign was using.
Largely unreported by the news media, these questions surrounding Lynch are so serious that, in his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee this month, Comey conceded that the appointment of a special counsel in the Clinton e-mail case would have been appropriate due to his concerns about Lynch.
Comey testified to Congress earlier this month that Lynch's instructions to him about how to frame the probe caused him to lose confidence in Lynch's independence, and that of DOJ. Lynch allegedly issued the "matter" directive to Comey despite the Justice Department knowing the FBI probe was not only an official investigation but a criminal probe. She has not publicly commented on Comey's testimony. Lynch would keep the Clinton investigation from going too far, according to several former officials familiar with the document. Read another way, it suggested that a political operative might have insight into Ms.
The Washington Post story reported the document in question was viewed as "unreliable and possibly a fake" by people within the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The letters are signed by Grassley and Sen.
The senators ask Lynch in the letter if "anyone from the Federal Bureau of Investigation ever discuss or otherwise mention to you emails, memos, or reports" mentioned in the reports from The New York Times and The Washington Post.
Though Clinton herself accused Comey of costing her the election by reopening the email probe in late October 2016, Democrats have argued that firing him amounted to obstruction of justice, as the FBI was investigating allegations that Trump's campaign had colluded with Russian Federation, which originated from the Clinton camp. Feinstein told CNN that the revelation of the alleged directive gave her "a queasy feeling too".