Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state is coming under renewed attack by two top GOP lawmakers – including one who suggests the White House may be trying to rig a probe of the issue.
Texas Sen. John Cornyn is calling for Attorney General Loretta Lynch to name a special counsel to counter the "apparent inability of the White House to resist the temptation to try to influence or at worst obstruct the current investigation," The Hill reports.
"I believe that Secretary Clinton has likely violated multiple criminal statutes," the second-ranking Republican in the Senate said Monday, pointing to remarks by both President Barack Obama – and White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.
Earnest last week
raised eyebrows when he declared about the Department of Justice probe that a Clinton indictment "does not seem to be the direction that it's trending."
Either White House officials had "information they should not have... or they are sending a signal to the FBI and the Department of Justice that they want this to go away," Cornyn fumed, The Hill reports.
Meanwhile, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley says Cheryl Mills, Clinton's former chief of staff during the secretary of state stint, refused to speak to investigators with the State Department's Office of the Inspector General about her handling of a 2012 public records request for information on Clinton's email server, the Daily Caller reports.
Grassley sent letters last week to Secretary of State John Kerry and the State Department's inspector general Steve Linick after an IG report slammed the mishandling by Mills – identified only by her job title – of one request as "inaccurate and incomplete," the Daily Caller notes.
The reference was to a a December 2012 Freedom of Information Act request filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington that asked for data on Clinton's email addresses.
The FBI has been conducting a months-long investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server
over concerns about the mishandling of classified information.
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