The focus of the United States Senate shifted to former Attorney General Loretta Lynch after James Comey’s testimony this past week.
Comey’s testimony “raised concerns about her involvement in the Hillary Clinton email investigation.”
If this shift occurs, focus that was once directed towards Russia’s involvement in the presidential election will now be placed directly on Lynch.
According to The Hill, several GOP Senators want to get to the bottom of the Department of Justice:
Sen. John Cornyn (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 before the Judiciary panel, which oversees the Justice Department.
“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.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) also wants to hear from Lynch and is pushing for 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.”
As President Trump alleged in one of his tweets this week, “A.G. Lynch made law enforcement decisions for political purposes… gave Hillary Clinton a free pass and protection. Totally illegal!”
Senators Ted Cruz and Orrin Hatch are both for Lynch testifying to answer “some real questions.”
However, as The Hill reported, “Any push to pivot to Lynch and the Clinton email investigation would also likely spark pushback from Democrats, who are increasingly frustrated by the lack of progress on the committee’s push to get answers on Russia’s election interference and Comey’s firing.”