Senate Republicans Hope to Question Loretta Lynch on Conduct in Clinton Email Case

[6/19/17]  Senate Republicans are eying the possibility of seeking testimony from former Attorney General Loretta Lynch over possible wrongdoing with regard to the FBI’s criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.

On Wednesday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) sent a letter to Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA), the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, formally requesting that the committee probe any attempts to influence the FBI’s investigations under the Trump and Obama administrations.

It is not immediately clear whether the Judiciary Committee, which oversees the Justice Department, has taken any action on the matter.

A spokesman for Grassley, the Judiciary Committee chairman, told The Hill that although no decisions have been made, it is “likely” that Lynch’s testimony to the Committee “will become necessary at some point.”  The spokesman explained that the Committee needs to first “gather evidence.”

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), a member of the Judiciary Committee, said it “would be very helpful” for Lynch to testify, The Hill reported.

“Frankly, a lot of what Hillary Clinton was exposed to by Director Comey’s misconduct and the way he handled that was apparently in response to his lack of confidence in the attorney general, and I think there is a lot we could learn from that,” Cornyn said.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) also expressed support for probing the accusations about Lynch.

“The accusations now that … the current and former attorney general were political — that has nothing to do with Russia as much as it has to do with how the Department of Justice is being run,” he said. “I want to find out all about that.”

The Hill also quoted a spokesperson for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) explaining the former presidential candidate would “absolutely” back calls for Lynch to testify.

President Trump himself tweeted about Lynch, accusing her of “totally illegal” activity.


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