Senate Panel Seeks Details on Lynch Role in Clinton Probe

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The Senate Judiciary Committee is investigating alleged political interference by then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch during the FBI's investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as part of its examination into the circumstances surrounding the removal of James Comey as FBI director.

The letters, sent Thursday, are signed by Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley, ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein, as well as Sens. Lynch, the committee asks a number of questions pertaining to Russian intelligence documents, including a hacked email that describes how Lynch assured a senior Clinton campaign staffer that "she would not let the FBI investigation into Clinton go too far".

Comey testified that the revelation of the private meeting is what motivated him to tell the public that the Bureau would not pursue charges.

The bipartisan probe into the former attorney general comes as the panel is already investigating President Trump's firing of Comey.

Lynch was widely criticized for meeting with former president Bill Clinton on an airport tarmac last summer while his wife was under criminal investigation for mishandling classified materials.

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Sewell said they didn't go to police at the time because her husband, a Los Angeles detective, feared the ordeal that would ensue. He invited her to dine with him at his home . "I said, 'I see two of you and I'm slurring my words, '" she claimed in court.

A bi-partisan group of Senators on the committee is looking for details about a Lynch communication with Amanda Renteria, who was a Clinton campaign aid. According to the Post report, the document - reportedly central to Comey's actions on the Clinton e-mail probe - was assessed by Comey's own Federal Bureau of Investigation to be unreliable and possibly fake.

Still, the document, according to the Washington Post, factored into then-FBI Director James Comey's controversial decision to publicly announce the end of the Clinton email investigation - without discussing it in advance with Lynch.

He said Lynch "directed me not to call it an investigation and call it a matter - which confused me". And Debbie Wasserman Schultz denies having recounted any such conversation in an email. The Post reported that one of the foundation's affiliates, Leonard Bernardo, received an email from Rep.

Circa's report contrasts with a Washington Post claim that the Federal Bureau of Investigation provided Lynch with a "defensive briefing" on the alleged document in which she was reportedly cooperative. The committee is also reviewing the circumstances of James Comey's recent termination from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The FBI is trying to determine whether Lynch tried to impede the Clinton investigation, according to a press release from South Carolina Sen.