Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Judiciary Committee Investigating Loretta Lynch for Obstruction in Clinton Email Probe

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Owen Mccarthy | 24 June, 2017, 01:35

In the course of the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, serious questions have been raised about the possibility that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch may have engaged in wrongdoing with regard to the FBI's criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's e-mails.

Then, the Washington Post on May 24, 2017 reported an email sent by Wasserman Schultz to Leonard Benardo of the Open Society Foundations indicated that Lynch had privately assured Renteria that the FBI's investigation wouldn't "go too far".

Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island), the chair and ranking member of the Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee, also signed on to the letter.

Lynch concurred with Comey's recommendation that Clinton should not be charged and that decision was believed to have been the end of the matter.

He also told the Judiciary Committee last month that he had been anxious the Justice Department couldn't "credibly" decline to prosecute Clinton without "grievous damage to the American people's confidence in the justice system".

Comey's admission that Lynch "told me to call it matter" - a directive that "confused" and "concerned" him - serves as a significant public accusation against Lynch, possibly highlighting her intentions in the e-mail probe.

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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.

Comey has said publicly that Ms. There are also looking for documents and information about whether the FBI investigated the communication.

The senators cited stories in The New York Times and The Washington Post about a supposed Russian intelligence document saying Lynch had given assurances to the Clinton campaign about the FBI's investigation.

Wasserman Schultz and Bernardo told the Post they do not know each other and have never corresponded.

New details about the intelligence memo came to light in a Washington Post story last month that said US intelligence officials believe it might be unreliable or even a fake.

"The committee asked Lynch about any conversations she had with Clinton staffer Amanda Renteria or former DNC Chairwoman Rep. If so, please describe the communications and provide all records relating to them", the committee's letter to Lynch asked.

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