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Federal Bureau of Investigation examines Kushner meetings with Russians
June 23 2017, 03:23 | Alonzo Simpson
AG Loretta Lynch listens to opening statements on Capitol Hill in Washington
The memo contained a summary of the email, in which Wasserman Schultz supposedly described to the OSF official how Lynch had privately assured a Clinton staffer during the campaign that the DOJ wouldn't take the email probe too far.
The FBI never obtained the alleged email between Lynch and the Clinton campaign, nor did it interview any of the parties involved, and everyone name-dropped in the document denied any knowledge of the purported communications to the Post.
As a result, Comey acted unilaterally previous year to publicly declare the investigation over without consulting then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, while at the same time stating that Clinton had been "extremely careless" in her handling of classified information, the sources said late Friday.
The Senate Judiciary Committee demanded the records earlier this month after revelations Comey documented his telephone calls and meetings with the president in highly detailed memos - including a February dinner meeting in which Trump allegedly pressed Comey to shut down the FBI's inquiry into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
According to the CNN story, Comey did not consult with Attorney General Loretta Lynch when he decided to make a public announcement that the investigation was over.
When Comey announced the conclusion of the email server probe, he scolded Clinton for exhibiting "extreme carelessness" for setting up her own private email server while working at the State Department, but said he nonetheless would not charge her with any crime. It described an email that was allegedly sent by Debbie Wasserman Schultz - then the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee - to an official at billionaire George Soros' Open Society Foundations.
The disclosure of the back channel put White House advisers on the defensive Saturday, as Trump wrapped up his first foreign trip as president, and led lawyers for Kushner to say he is willing to talk with federal and congressional investigators about his foreign contacts and his work on the Trump campaign.
Chaffetz makes a new request for documents "outside the scope" of Mueller's investigation "as soon as possible, but no later than June 8, 2017".
In fact, the intelligence garnered so much interest that Senator Charles Grassley asked about it during Mr Comey's final public appearance before Congress as FBI Director. When the occurrence of that meeting immediately comes to light, Lynch announces on July 1 that she would follow Comey's recommendation.
"Having said that, I think what's going on now is an effort to derail and bury the Russian Federation inquiry, and I think that's bad for our country", she added. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, asked Comey about the document at a hearing before Comey was sacked from his job.
The request from the Senate Intelligence Committee arrived last week at campaign headquarters in NY, according to person familiar with the request who wasn't authorized to discuss the developments publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.