WASHINGTON – A Senate panel is now investigating whether former Attorney General Loretta Lynch interfered in the FBI probe of Hillary Clinton’s private email server, according to a letter sent to Lynch on Friday.
The letter from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein asked Lynch to detail her involvement in the Justice Department’s investigation of Clinton and her correspondence during the course of it with members of Clinton’s inner circle or Democratic National Committee staffers.
“During your time in the Justice Department, did you ever have communications with [former DNC chairwoman] Rep. [Debbie] Wasserman Schultz, her staff, her associates, or any other current or former DNC officials about the Clinton email investigation?” reads one of six questions included in the letter.
The Judiciary Committee’s decision to investigate Lynch’s conduct comes weeks after ousted FBI Director James Comey publicly testified that she tried to influence the way he discussed the email probe by telling him to call it a “matter” instead of an investigation.
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.”
Lynch’s surprise meeting with Bill Clinton on an airport tarmac last June drew instant scrutiny from Republicans. The former attorney general later apologized for the “Innocuous” meeting, saying it was something she came to regret.
Grassley gave Lynch a July 6 deadline to submit answers to the Judiciary Committee regarding her involvement in the Clinton email investigation.
A spokesperson for the former attorney general did not return The Post’s request for comment.