- - Saturday, June 24, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Gone are the days when the losers went home after an election, to nurse their wounds, catalog their mistakes, and get ready for another round. Now an election is never over, and special prosecutors and their regiments of lawyers, egged on by the media, continue the campaign by “other means.”

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has opened an investigation to determine whether Loretta Lynch, the U.S. attorney general in the late, lamented Obama administration, tried to cook the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s campaign to a Democratic-friendly recipe.

In a letter to Ms. Lynch last week, the Judiciary Committee asked her to detail her involvement in the investigation, and specifically they’re interested to know whether she “assured” Mrs. Clinton’s campaign that the investigation wouldn’t “push too deeply into the matter.”

Naturally there’s a Comey connection. James Comey, who was director of the FBI during the investigation, has said that Miss Lynch tried to “shape” the investigation, and there was “other” behavior “which I can’t talk about yet.” He said he was concerned that Miss Lynch might not have the ability to make impartial decisions.

Mr. Comey told senators at a hearing earlier this month that the former attorney general even suggested the specific language he should use to describe his investigation. First of all, he shouldn’t call his investigation of Mrs. Clinton’s infamous private email server by its right name.

“At one point,” Mr. Comey told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, “[Miss Lynch] directed me not to call it an ‘investigation,’ but instead call it a ‘matter,’ which confused me and concerned me. That was one of the bricks in the road that led me to conclude that I have to step away from the [Justice] Department if we are to close this case credibly.”

He told the committee that he didn’t know how she intended for him to take such guidance, but he got the impression that “the attorney general was looking to align the way we talked about our investigation with the way a political campaign was describing the same activity.” Uncomfortable or not, Mr. Comey said, he agreed to his boss’ language.

Sen. Charles E. Grassley, the Republican chairman of the committee, promised that the new investigation would be “bipartisan,” which would be something new for post-election blues for all seasons. The letter to Miss Lynch, telling her that somebody has been watching, was not only signed by Mr. Grassley, but by Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the ranking Democrat, and by Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a Republican, and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, a Democrat, the chairman and the ranking Democrat on the subcommittee that will conduct the actual investigation.

They’ll no doubt look into Miss Lynch’s taking tea with Bill Clinton aboard her airplane parked on the tarmac at the Phoenix airport just days before the November election. The meeting was explained at the time as a happy coincidence, that Bubba was just passing through and wanted to say hello.

But curious Senate investigators might want to know whether grandchildren were all they talked about. That was the cover story, and so far they’re sticking to it. But when gumshoes get on the case, you never know.

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