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Former AG Lynch to Meet With House, Senate Panels
CNN is reporting that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch is scheduled to meet with mutiple congressional investigative panels over the coming days as part of the ongoing probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. She is reportedly set to have a closed-door meeting with the House intelligence committee tomorrow and will meet with the Senate intelligence and judiciary committee’s sometime next week.
Several key members of the Obama administration have already been grilled by Congress about Russia’s 2016 election interference. Thus far, the GOP-led panels seem more interested in trying to crucify Obama appointees for not stopping the attack than they are willing to go after the current administration who may have colluded with the Kremlin. Don’t expect that to change during the Lynch hearings.
She will likely face stiff questions regarding her tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton amid the investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server. The optics of the meeting certainly looked bad, although both parties say nothing about the issue was discussed. Trump jumped on that meeting during the campaign as evidence of a crooked system, much to the joy of conservatives and Clinton haters alike — no doubt one of the events that help spur his eventual rise to the presidency.
Though the meetings are closed to the public, there will likely be a fair number of leaks concerning Lynch’s testimony — especially from GOP lawmakers who want to spin the narrative to suit their own purposes. Because she will be more free to speak about classified information, however, there could come new revelations about just how much the Obama administration knew about Russian interference, and more importantly, what people like Mitch McConnell did to stop that information from reaching the public before the election. If such discussions happen, leaks from the Democratic side of the panel will likely come as well.