The investigation into President Donald Trump's dismissal of former FBI Director James Comey now includes former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
On June 23, Senate Judiciary Committee leaders announced that they are seeking information about Lynch's alleged interference in former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email investigation, reports Time.
The issue is an alleged communication between Lynch and Clinton campaign aide Amanda Renteria, reports CBS News, citing an email from ex-Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz which stated “that Lynch had assured the Clinton campaign’s Amanda Renteria that the FBI investigation would not 'go too far.'”
Republican Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa, along with other lawmakers, sent letters to Lynch with the information request.
A spokesman for Lynch said the former attorney general "will cooperate fully with this inquiry and respond directly to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ms. Lynch is a committed public servant who has dedicated much of her career to the Department of Justice and led the department as attorney general in the fair and impartial administration of justice."
Judge Andrew Napolitano, the Fox News senior judicial analyst, says Lynch could face prison time if it’s proven that she tried to squelch the investigation into Clinton, reports The Inquisitr.
When asked about it on the Fox Business Channel, Napolitano offered the following assessment:
That’s the reason for the question from Senator Grassley’s people wrote to Attorney General Lynch about her communications with Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a congresswoman from Florida, and at the time, the chair of the Democratic National Committee. It is alleged -- this document has not seen the light of day yet -- if it exists that there is one or several emails between Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Loretta Lynch concerning the behavior that Loretta Lynch will take to further the DNC interests while Mrs. Lynch was the Attorney General, that if it happened, would be misconduct in office … it’s a felony, depending upon exactly what they charge her with, it could be five or 10 years in jail. It’s very serious; it’s the equivalent of obstruction of justice -- the same allegations they are making about the president.
Grassley is also using his committee to investigate Clinton’s alleged effort to thwart a Bangladesh government corruption probe of Clinton Foundation donor Muhammad Yunus, winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for inventing "micro-credit" lending.
On June 1, Grassley wrote a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson claiming that Clinton sent sent top U.S. diplomats to pressure Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheik Hasina and her son, Sajeeb Wazed, in an effort to halt that country’s corruption investigation of Yunus and the state-owned Grameen Bank, reports The Daily Caller. He also repeated the Daily Caller's charge that Clinton threatened Wazed with an IRS tax audit if his mother did not cease the investigation.
Sources: Time, CBS News, The Inquisitr, The Daily Caller / Photo credit: United States Department of Justice via Wikimedia Commons, AP via The Inquisitr