Senate probes Loretta Lynch's alleged interference in Clinton email investigation

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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 announced Friday that it is expanding its probe into Russia's influence over the 2016 election to include an investigation of the firing of FBI Director James Comey and, by extension, former President Barack Obama's attorney general, Loretta Lynch, and her "alleged political interference", CBS News reports.

The letters that went out to Lynch and Bernardo, Open Society Foundations' General Counsel Gail Scovell and Renteria, the committee members wanted details about reported communications, copies of any related documents and to know whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation contacted them to investigate the alleged communication.

Lynch's involvement was forced back into the spotlight recently when now fired former FBI Director James Comey testified under oath that Lynch told him to refer to Clinton's email fiasco as a "matter" and not an "investigation". "Lynch would keep the [investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server] from going too far". A month later, The Washington Post reported similar facts and provided further details about individuals involved in these communications.

"The reports come amidst numerous allegations of political inference in controversial and high-profile investigations spanning the current and previous administrations", Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley's office said in a statement. Comey's extraordinary action to announce the end of the investigation was a break from Justice Department protocol, and was later cited as justification for his removal from the FBI. The Post reported that the FBI considered the document bad intelligence and possibly even a fake sent to confuse the bureau. Feinstein told CNN that the revelation of the alleged directive gave her "a queasy feeling too".

Of course, it wasn't just this email that prompted Comey.

The committee asked Lynch about any conversations she had with Clinton staffer Amanda Renteria or former DNC Chairwoman Rep.

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