“In that email, the committee said that Wasserman Schultz admitted Lynch had private talks with a senior Clinton campaign staffer, Amanda Renteria. The email is said to contain details confirming that Lynch told Renteria she would make sure the FBI’s investigation into Clinton failed to run its course.”
Senate Investigating Whether Lynch Stymied Clinton Probe
June 23, 2017
WASHINGTON (CN) – The Senate Judiciary Committee has opened a probe into former Attorney General Loretta Lynch for her possible role in thwarting the FBI from investigating Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R.-Iowa, joined by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D.-Calif., Sen. Lindsey Graham, R.-S.C., and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D.-Rhode Island, submitted a letter to Lynch on Thursday.
Specifically, the committee wants to know more about an email or memo written by a Democratic operative who expressed confidence that Lynch would keep the Clinton investigation from going “too far,” the committee said in a press release on Friday.
“According to anonymous government officials cited [in a 2016 FBI report,] the discovery of the document ‘complicated’ how FBI and the Justice Department would interact in the investigation because ‘if Ms. Lynch announced the case was closed, and Russia leaked the document, Mr. Comey believed it would raise doubts about the independence of the investigation,” the three-page letter stated.
Former FBI director James Comey raised the same concern publicly during a Senate Oversight Committee hearing on May 3, just a week before President Donald Trump unceremoniously removed him from his post.