Senate Judiciary Panel to Probe Loretta Lynch's Involvement in Clinton Email Investigation

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Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. - requested information about the alleged interference by President Barack Obama's attorney general during the FBI's investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state. Comey's concern that the document might be leaked supposedly went far in convincing him he needed to get out of ahead of it and accurately characterize the investigation.

Senators investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election are now seeking more information about the firing of FBI Director James Comey, and the Clinton email investigation.

Back in 2016, Lynch said her meeting with Clinton never touched on the email investigation, and merely involved social matters such as grandchildren and golfing.

In addition to Lynch, the four senators sent letters to Leonard Benardo of the Open Society Foundations and the group's general counsel Gail Scovell, as well as Clinton campaign staffer Amanda Renteria. Reports indicate that us intelligence agencies believe this was false information planted by the Russians to increase skepticism about the Department of Justice. Lynch had given assurances to Ms. Renteria, the campaign staffer, that the Clinton probe wouldn't "go too far".

Chaffetz said agency Inspector General Michael Horowitz "has been diving into this" and is expected to release a comprehensive report on Lynch and her oversight on the now-closed FBI email investigation in "the first part of next year". Lynch refused to comment on the report. The letters ask about an email reportedly recovered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation which some news reports have suggested might have been created by Russian Federation.

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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.

An email purportedly sent by Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was the Democratic National Committee chair at the time, was reportedly hacked.

Circa reported that Comey also discussed his communications with Lynch in a closed-door meeting with lawmakers.

Comey told the committee earlier this month that Lynch, his superior in the Justice Department, had asked him to refer to the probe as a "matter", rather than an investigation, while authorizing him to confirm its existence.

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.

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