Senate Panel Seeks Details on Lynch Role in Clinton Probe
24 Июня 2017, 01:34 | Felicia Parsons
Ramin Talaie Getty Images Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch
The Senate Judiciary Committee announced Friday that it is expanding its probe into Russia's influence over the 2016 election to include an investigation of the firing of FBI Director James Comey and, by extension, former President Barack Obama's attorney general, Loretta Lynch, and her "alleged political interference", CBS News reports.
Lynch last June met with the 42 president aboard a private plane on the tarmac of the Phoenix Airport. "Debbie Wasserman Schultz about the email investigation", reports CNN. Lynch was troublesome because it closely mirrored what the Clinton campaign was using.
Comey had also briefed high-ranking members of the aforementioned committees on documents he discovered indicating that Lynch was obstructing the case.
That testimony occurred during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.
Comey testified to Congress earlier this month that Lynch's instructions to him about how to frame the probe caused him to lose confidence in Lynch's independence, and that of DOJ.
"During your time in the Justice Department, did you ever have communications with Rep. Wasserman Schultz, her staff, her associates, or any other current or former DNC officials about the Clinton email investigation?" Additionally, the senators asked if the Federal Bureau of Investigation contacted them to investigate the alleged communications.
Adding further intrigue to the Lynch document issue, this week Circa cited "sources who were directly briefed on the matter" who revealed that Comey briefed Congress on a "frosty" exchange that he says he had with Lynch centering on the purported document. "Lynch would keep the Clinton investigation from going too far". Read another way, it suggested that a political operative might have insight into Ms.
New details about the intelligence memo came to light in a WashingtonPost story last month that said USA intelligence officials believe it might be unreliable or even a fake.
Sen. Lindsay Graham, who would have been present for classified testimony on the Russian Federation probe, has publicly stated that he doubted the purported Lynch document was fake.
Notably, the letter does not ask Lynch to comment on Comey's testimony about treating the email investigation as a "matter".
The existence of the Russian intelligence memo was first disclosed in April by The New York Times, which said it played a role in Comey's decision previous year to bypass the normal chain of command and make a public announcement that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was not recommending criminal charges against Clinton. Lynch has denied knowing or talking to the person to whom she allegedly gave this assurance.
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