Senate panel seeks details on Lynch role in Clinton probe

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Top Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee involved in an investigation of former FBI director James Comey's firing, now want to know more about allegations of political interference from former Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Mr. Benardo was reportedly on an email chain from the then-head of the Democratic National Committee suggesting Ms. 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.

Comey in testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Lynch requested he call the Clinton investigation a matter, a request Comey says confused and concerned him.

President Donald Trump fired Comey on May 9, citing a memo by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that accused the Federal Bureau of Investigation director of mishandling the Clinton email probe, among other things. 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.

The findings of the powerful panel, which has oversight of the Justice Department and FBI, could lead to a separate criminal investigation and the naming of another special counsel - exactly what Trump needs to distract attention from his growing legal woes.

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New details about the intelligence memo came to light in a Washington Post story last month that said US intelligence officials believe it might be unreliable or even a fake. Lynch has denied knowing or talking to the person to whom she allegedly gave this assurance.

Lynch later said that she and the former president had merely engaged in a social visit, talking about grandchildren.

However, 11 days before the 2016 presidential election, Comey sent a letter to several Congressional committees announcing that the FBI was re-opening the Clinton email investigation after having discovered more than 600,000 emails of interest in an unrelated probe. And it's worth noting that the email itself was apparently never found, only an account of the email from supposedly hacked documents. Lynch was heavily criticized for creating what appeared to be an impression of impropriety given that meeting took place just days after Comey had announced that the Bureau would not charge Hillary Clinton.

That testimony occurred during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.