When former Attorney General Loretta Lynch privately met with Bill Clinton on the tarmac of a Phoenix airport last June, “she evidently sparked a series of events for former FBI Director James Comey,” said Utah GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of House oversight committee, on Saturday. Now, the inspector general’s office of the Justice Department and a Senate panel are looking into whether Lynch tried to squash the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
With three concurrent investigations that are looking into whether President Trump’s presidential team colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential race, Chaffetz told Fox News reporters, “This is really a pivotal moment.”
Chaffetz added that Inspector General Michael Horowitz has been diving into the matter, and said we will likely see a comprehensive report about Lynch and her oversight on the now-closed FBI email investigations early next year.
During the 2016 election, the FBI opened and closed two investigations on whether Clinton’s unsecured email server was a criminal endeavor to hide her dealings while she was Secretary of State.
The issue had been all but abandoned until Comey testified on Capitol Hill during the Russian probe and revealed that he had been uncomfortable with the tarmac meeting, along with the fact that Lynch “confused” him by telling him to refer to the investigation as a “matter” instead.
In addition to that, investigators are interested in a New York Times story that ran in April using hacked and unconfirmed electronic documents obtained by the FBI revealed that a Democratic operative said they were sure Lynch would keep the Clinton probe from finding out too much.
Chaffetz, who plans to officially resign from Congress next week, also addressed the fact that Obama knew about Russian hacking before the election even took place. The Senate Judiciary Committee, in a bipartisan announcement, formally asked Lynch and others Friday to respond by July 6 to allegations of “political interference” in the FBI email probe.
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