Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch will testify before congressional panels next week as part of the ongoing investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, according to a source familiar with her plans.
Lynch, who ran President Barack Obama’s Justice Department from 2015 until President Donald Trump took office in 2017, is expected to meet separately with the House and Senate intelligence committees and the Senate Judiciary Committee. In addition to the Obama administration’s handling of Russia’s incursion in U.S. elections, Lynch is likely to be pressed by Republican lawmakers on her stewardship of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email use.
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Lynch came up in former FBI Director James Comey’s bombshell testimony to the Senate intelligence committee in June, several weeks after Trump fired him. Pressed by Republican senators, Comey recalled that Lynch asked him to refer to the Clinton email investigation as a “matter” rather than an investigation.
“That concerned me because that language tracked the way the campaign was talking about the FBI’s work,” he said.
Comey also noted that a private meeting between Lynch and former President Bill Clinton on an airport tarmac in June 2016 contributed to his decision to bypass DOJ leadership to announce the results of the FBI’s Clinton investigation the next month. He also said he briefly considered appointing a special counsel in the matter but opted against it because “I knew there was no case there.”