(National Sentinel) Congress: The top Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence says he felt “queasy” after learning that Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch politicized – likely on her boss’ instructions – the FBI’s criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email scandal.
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the ranking member on the intelligence committee, becomes the latest prominent Democrat to question Lynch’s instructions to fired FBI Director James Comey to downplay the severity of the probe against Clinton, who was at the time locked in an election battle with then-GOP presidential nominee Donald J. Trump.
As Fox News reported:
Another prominent Democrat has come forward to voice concerns about allegations ex-Attorney General Loretta Lynch may have sought to keep a lid on last year’s Hillary Clintons email probe, with California Rep. Adam Schiff saying he’s “queasy” at the thought.
“I’d like to hear what Loretta Lynch’s explanation for that is, either by having her come to the Hill or by having her speak publicly,” he said.
The call significantly ups the pressure on Lynch, as the push to scrutinize her conduct in last year’s Clinton email investigation becomes more bipartisan.
The renewed attention stems from fired FBI Director James Comey’s testimony earlier this month that Lynch had instructed him to describe the probe as a “matter” – not an “investigation.” Comey said this “confused” him and cited that directive, along with Lynch’s unusual tarmac meeting with former President Bill Clinton while the investigation was ongoing, in his decision to announce the FBI’s findings on his own.
Yet even as Democrats focus heavily on the Russia allegations, a handful of high-powered lawmakers like Schiff now want to hear from Lynch. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told CNN earlier this month that Comey’s charges gave her a “queasy feeling.”
Schiff agreed with Feinstein’s characterization.
“It does give me a queasy feeling as well,” he told CNN’s “State of the Union.” “There may be a perfectly accurate explanation by Loretta Lynch about why she thought ‘matter’ was the appropriate term rather than ‘investigation.’ So I wouldn’t assume James Comey’s characterization is the last word on it even although though I’m sure it’s accurate.”
When asked if he would have the former attorney general come to the House intelligence panel, he said he’s not sure that’s part of the Russia probe.
“But I would like to hear what her explanation for that was. But I certainly wouldn’t want that to distract us from what we need to do to get to the bottom of the Russia allegations,” he said.
The Senate Judiciary Committee, however, does want to hear from Lynch on the matter. As we have reported, the committee, led by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has opened an investigation into the Comey-Lynch-Clinton nexus. Also, the Trump State Department has opened an inquiry into Clinton’s improper use of a private, unsecured email server during her stint as Obama’s secretary of state.
Comey has said the FBI found plenty of evidence that she mishandled highly classified intelligence via that server – enough to land Americans not named Clinton behind bars for double-digit years.