GOP lawmakers can’t wait to question the former Attorney General Loretta Lynch after former FBI Director James Comey made regarding her involvement in the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are pouncing on Comey’s testimony that he was concerned over the former attorney general telling the FBI to refer to the Clinton investigation as a “matter,” which was exactly how the Clinton campaign referenced it.
Pivoting the focus onto Lynch would allow Republicans to get attention away from the investigation into Russia’s election meddling and put it on Lynch, a long-time target of Republicans.
Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), the No. 2 Senate Republican who is a member of both the Intelligence and Judiciary committees, said it “would be very helpful” for Lynch to testify. “Frankly, a lot of what Hillary Clinton was exposed to by Director Comey’s misconduct and the way he handled that was apparently in response to his lack of confidence in the attorney general, and I think there is a lot we could learn from that,” Cornyn said.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) also wants to hear from Lynch and is trying to get the Judiciary Committee to “get more involved.” “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 said. “I want to find out all about that.”
Senator’s Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) also declared their support of Lynch testifying. Cruz said he would “absolutely” support it, and Hatch said this, “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.”
The president also weighed in about Lynch, “A.G. Lynch made law enforcement decisions for political purposes…gave Hillary Clinton a free pass and protection. Totally illegal!” Trump tweeted this week.
This push to put Lynch on the hot seat would most likely create a pushback from Democrats who are frustrated with the lack of progress on getting real answers to the allegations against Russia and the firing of Comey. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) warned against rehashing Clinton scandals when “we have a front-and-center investigation that relates to the national security of the United States. Going back in the previous administration, I guess all of us have some questions about it, but we have a current investigation that is front and center in the American people’s attention span, and that’s what we ought to focus on,” he said.
Let’s see your comments about whether or not Loretta Lynch should be investigated.
Credit: The Hill