Former AG Loretta Lynch under Senate scrutiny over Clinton email probe

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The Senate Judiciary Committee has opened a probe into former Attorney General Loretta Lynch's efforts to shape the FBI's investigation into 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, the committee's chairman announced Friday.

In April, The New York Times reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation came into possession of a batch of hacked documents, one of which was said to be authored by a "Democratic operative who expressed confidence that Ms".

Notably, the letter does not ask Lynch to comment on Comey's testimony about treating the email investigation as a "matter".

The inquiry comes as the Senate Judiciary Committee examines the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, who President Trump says he dismissed due in part to his handling of the Clinton email probe. He reportedly was anxious that the Justice Department's credibility could be called into question if the announcement came from Lynch, and Russian Federation later leaked the document.

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"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?" A month later, The Washington Post reported similar facts and provided further details about individuals involved in these communications.

The allegations made in some media reports suggest Lynch privately assured a Clinton campaign staffer the email server investigation wouldn't go too far. Comey's extraordinary action to announce the end of the investigation was a break from Justice Department protocol, and was later cited as justification for his removal from the FBI. 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. Feinstein told CNN that the revelation of the alleged directive gave her "a queasy feeling too".

One is Lynch's infamous tarmac meeting last June at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport where former President Bill Clinton boarded the attorney general's plane and reportedly stayed there for about 30 minutes for a private chat.

Under sworn questioning, Comey has veered off the topic of President Trump and Russian Federation and revealed several damning incidents in which his predecessor's administration politically interfered in the Hillary Clinton email investigation. So even if the email was bogus there are some related questions the committee might want to ask about Lynch putting her fingers on the scales.

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