Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are seizing on Comey’s testimony previously this month that he was worried over the ex – attorney general informing the FBI to refer to the Clinton investigation as a “matter,” that looked like the Clinton campaign line.
This step can enable Republicans to try to pivot away from the investigation into Russia’s election meddling – which top GOP lawmakers have signaled belongs to the Intelligence Committee – and concentrate on Lynch, who has very long been a target of Republicans.
Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), the No. 2 Senate Republican who is a associate of both the Intelligence and Judiciary committees, stated it “would be very helpful” for Lynch to testify prior to the Judiciary panel, which supervises the Justice Department.
“Honestly, a lot of what Hillary Clinton was exposed to by Director Comey’s misconduct and the way he handled that was apparently in reply to his absence of confidence in the attorney general, and I believe there is a lot we could learn from that,” Cornyn stated.
“The accusations now that … the current and former attorney general were political — that has nothing to do with Russia as much as it has to do with how the Department of Justice is being run,” he stated. “I want to find out all about that.”
Additional Trump allies, such as the Republican National Committee, are also concerned with Lynch’s behavior.
“Why is no one investigating Attorney General Lynch’s Department of Justice for obstruction of justice in the Clinton email investigation. .. .There is compelling evidence to back up the claim that AG Lynch engaged in obstruction of justice,” read one RNC talking point leaked to a Washington Post reporter this week.”
Ted Cruz‘s spokesman stated the Texas Republican would “absolutely” back Lynch’s testimony.
“Well, I kind of would like to get the whole thing behind us, but she should be interrogated [by a committee] because there’s some real questions about whether her actions were proper,” Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) stated when asked whether Lynch should witness as part of a bigger obstruction of justice case.
Any push to the Lynch and the Clinton email probe would also probably trigger Democrats pushback from , that are increasingly upset by the lack of development on the committee’s pressure to get answers on Russia’s election meddling and Comey’s ousting.
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