Schumer Wants to Hear Lynch’s Side of the Story Before Requesting Investigation

Annabel Scott | June 15, 2017 | 8:21am EDT
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Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is the highest-ranking Democrat in the Senate. (Screen grab from C-SPAN)

( - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he wants to hear former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s side of the story before calling for an investigation into whether she tried to downplay the seriousness of Hillary Clinton’s email practices.

 “Well, before I say anything further on this, I want to hear what Loretta Lynch’s side of the story is. I haven’t heard that yet,” Schumer told a press conference on Tuesday.

Former FBI Director James Comey told the Senate intelligence committee on June 8 that Lynch told him to call the FBI probe into Hillary Clinton’s emails a "matter," not an investigation.

Comey said Lynch’s request for him to use the same language that the Clinton campaign was using “gave me a queasy feeling.”

On Sunday, CNN’s "State of the Union" asked Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) if Lynch was “giving cover to the Clinton campaign.”

“I can't answer that,” Feinstein said. “I would have a queasy feeling, too, though, to be candid with you. I think we need to know more about that. And there's only way to know about it, and that's to have the Judiciary Committee take a look at that.”

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (S.C.) also voiced his opinion on Lynch during an appearance on CBS’s Face the Nation.”

“Let me tell this to the American people. If the attorney general's office has become a political office, that is bad for us all,” said Graham. “So I want to get to the bottom of that, and it should be in Judiciary.” Graham also sits on the Judiciary Committee.

Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee last week that Lynch’s request was concerning.

“I don't know whether it was intentional or not but it gave the impression that the attorney general was looking to align the way we talked about our work with the way it (the Clinton campaign) was describing that. It was inaccurate,” Comey testified.


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