Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) released a letter indicating that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch is under investigation for suspicion that she might have interfered with an FBI investigation.
The letter was released Friday and was signed by other members of the committee, including Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
According to the letter, the 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.”
The committee cites the testimony from former FBI Director James Comey where he indicates that he had lost faith in the credibility of the Department of Justice. “I struggled, as we got closer to the end of it, with — a n.umber [sic] things had gone on,” the letter quoted, “some of which I cannot talk about yet, that made me worry that the Department leadership could not credibly complete the investigation and decline prosecution without grievous damage to the American people’s confidence in the justice system.”
The committee also discussed intelligence collected from the Russians by U.S. spy agencies indicating correspondence from a DNC staffer expressing confidence that Lynch would shut down any investigation into Clinton. Reports indicate that U.S. intelligence agencies believe this was false information planted by the Russians to increase skepticism about the Department of Justice.
The Russian intelligence indicated that then-DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in an email that Lynch was in contact with senior Clinton staffer Amy Renteria about the assurance that no investigation would go anywhere. The Senate Judiciary Committee wants to know from Lynch if she has ever been in contact with Renteria.
President Donald Trump had decried Lynch during his presidential campaign by often criticizing her “tarmac meeting” with former President Bill Clinton.
A.G. Lynch made law enforcement decisions for political purposes…gave Hillary Clinton a free pass and protection. Totally illegal!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2017
Does anybody really believe that Bill Clinton and the U.S.A.G. talked only about "grandkids" and golf for 37 minutes in plane on tarmac?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2016
Many speculated that the “number of things” that had lessened the credibility of the Department of Justice to Comey in his testimony referred to the infamous “tarmac meeting.” Lynch claimed the that it was a short meeting and they only discussed their grandkids.
Trump and his allies insinuated that Clinton used the meeting to press Lynch to end the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.