The letter cited an April New York Times article about a batch of hacked files obtained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, including one reportedly authored by a Democratic operative who voiced confidence Lynch would keep the Clinton probe from going too far.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Ia., the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the Ranking Member, sent Lynch a letter asking her to provide relevant documents "by July 6, 2017". "Lindsey Graham and Sheldon Whitehouse, the chairman and ranking member of the key investigative subcommittee".
The senators cited stories in The New York Times and The Washington Post about a supposed Russian intelligence document saying Lynch had given assurances to the Clinton campaign about the FBI's investigation. "The bipartisan inquiry comes as the Judiciary Committee is examining the circumstances surrounding the removal of James Comey as FBI Director", the statement read. Comey testified he also questioned Lynch's ability to be impartial in the email investigation after the former attorney general held a secret meeting on the tarmac at the Phoenix airport with former president Bill Clinton.
Comey was reportedly concerned that the communication would raise doubts about the investigation's independence and began discussing plans to announce the end of the Clinton email investigation rather than simply referring it to the Department for a prosecutorial decision. If so, please describe the communications and provide all records of them.
The senators sent letters to Lynch, a former Clinton campaign staffer and two officials from a foundation supported by Democratic donor George Soros. Additionally, the senators asked if the Federal Bureau of Investigation contacted them to investigate the alleged communications.
Comey had called the Clinton case a criminal investigation. When he approached the former attorney general, he was all but thrown out of her office without a response.