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Senate Examining Lynch Involvement In Clinton Probe

| by Jordan Smith
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A group of senators from the Senate Judiciary Committee has revealed an investigation into former Attorney General Loretta Lynch's role in the inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s emails is under way.

Republican and Democratic senators signed a letter on June 22 announcing the move, which was in response to a May 24 report in The Washington Post, according to ABC News.

The Post story cited a Clinton aide who alleged that Lynch told them she would not allow the Clinton investigation to go too far. Lynch refused to comment on the report.

An email purportedly sent by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, who was the Democratic National Committee chair at the time, was reportedly hacked. However, the FBI questioned the authenticity of the document. The New York Times also reported the story.

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley of Iowa, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California signed the June 22 letter requesting information from Lynch.

"Did anyone from the FBI ever discuss or otherwise mention to you emails, memos, or reports such as those described in these media reports?" the senators ask in the letter, according to The Hill.

The letter goes on to query whether Lynch ever communicated with the Clinton aide, Amanda Renteria, or with Wasserman Schultz.

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Grassley has sought to expand the committee's probe into President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey to include the U.S. Department of Justice under Barack Obama, arguing that Trump initially cited Comey's handling of the Clinton email investigation as the reason for Comey's dismissal.

A spokesman for Grassley said it's "likely" Lynch testifying before the Judiciary Committee "will become necessary at some point."

During Comey's Senate testimony on June 8, 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. This prompted Feinstein to back the call for Lynch to testify.

"Frankly, a lot of what Hillary Clinton was exposed to by Director Comey's misconduct and the way he handled that was apparently in response to his lack of confidence in the attorney general, and I think there is a lot we could learn from that," Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas told The Hill.

Graham agreed with Cornyn.

"The accusations now that ... the current and former attorney general were political -- that has nothing to do with Russia as much as it has to do with how the Department of Justice is being run," Graham added.

Sources: ABC News, The Hill (2) / Photo credit: Donna Burton via U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Flickr, Gage Skidmore/Flickr, Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons via KUT

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