Tuesday, 17 October, 2017

Judiciary committee asks Lynch to disclose Clinton email conversations

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Rickey Rodriguez | 24 June, 2017, 00:52

The letters ask about an email reportedly recovered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation which some news reports have suggested might have been created by Russian Federation.

The Senate judiciary committee on Friday sent a letter to former Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking her to disclose any communications she had with Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee regarding the FBI's probe into the former secretary of state's emails.

An email reportedly recounting that alleged conversation and authored by Rep.

The request for information from Lynch and the others is the judiciary committee's newest element of its investigation into political interference at the FBI, one that may also probe whether President Donald Trump committed obstruction of justice in his firing of former FBI Director Jim Comey.

Lynch's surprise meeting with Bill Clinton on an airport tarmac last June drew instant scrutiny from Republicans. A month later, The Washington Post reported similar facts and provided further details about individuals involved in these communications.

Comey had previously told lawmakers he "struggled" with how to handle the email probe because of "a number of things that had gone on... that made me worry that [Justice] 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 Clinton campaign was terming the investigation, which was in fact an investigation, a "matter".

The Washington Post story reported the document in question was viewed as "unreliable and possibly a fake" by people within the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Feinstein told CNN that the revelation of the alleged directive gave her "a queasy feeling too". And it's worth noting that the email itself was apparently never found, only an account of the email from supposedly hacked documents.

The group is seeking details about Lynch's communication with a Clinton campaign aide, Amanda Renteria, as well as copies of documents and information about whether the FBI investigated the alleged communication.

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