The Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee announced Friday, it has opened a probe into Obama’s Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s efforts to hamper or redirect the FBI’s investigation into 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. In a letter to Ms. Lynch, the committee asked her to provide details pertaining to her involvement in the FBI’s investigation. Particular areas of interest included whether she ever assured Clinton confidantes that the probe wouldn’t “push too deeply into the matter.”
Fired FBI Director James B. Comey is on record as publicly stating that Ms. Lynch tried to shape the way he talked about the investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s emails, and hinted at other questionable behavior on her part that he said “I cannot talk about yet.” Comey also stated those things made him “worried about Ms. Lynch’s ability to make impartial decisions.”
The Former FBI head said those actions were at the heart of his decision to take it upon himself to buck Justice Department tradition and reveal his findings about Mrs. Clinton last year. Those disclosures came just before the election and are one of the things blamed by Clinton supporters for leading to her defeat by President Trump.
The probe into Ms. Lynch comes as the Judiciary Committee is already looking at President Trump’s firing of Mr. Comey. The letter to Ms. Lynch was signed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Sens. Lindsey Graham and Sheldon Whitehouse who chairs the key investigative subcommittee.
Other letters were also sent to Clinton campaign staffer Amanda Renteria in addition to Open Society Foundations employees, Leonard Benardo and Gail Scovell. Benardo was allegedly part of an email chain from the then-head of the DNC which suggesed Lynch had given assurances to Ms. Renteria, that the Clinton probe wouldn’t “go too far.”
Mr. Comey has already testified to lawmakers that Ms. Lynch had attempted to change the way the FBI described its probe of Mrs. Clinton’s use of a private email server. The change appeared to dovetail with how Mrs. Clinton’s supporters were characterizing the probe.
Comey testified that, “At one point, [Ms. Lynch] directed me not to call it an ‘investigation’ but instead to call it a ‘matter,’ which confused me and concerned me. That was one of the bricks in the load that led me to conclude I have to step away from the department if we are to close this case credibly.”
Mr. Comey said he didn’t know whether Ms. Lynch’s request was “intentional” but “gave the impression the attorney general was looking to align the way we talked about our investigation with the way a political campaign was describing the same activity.”
Mr. Comey added that the language suggested by Ms. Lynch was troublesome because it closely mirrored what the Clinton campaign was using. But despite his admitted discomfort to Lynch’s suggested language, Mr. Comey said, he agreed to use the “suggestions” made by Ms. Lynch.
Now, I am not a lawyer, but all this sure sounds like obstruction, conclusion, and duress to me. How about you?