GOP senator to Lynch: Would you investigate Hillary Clinton?

Sen. David VitterDavid Bruce VitterBottom line Bottom line The biggest political upsets of the decade MORE is asking attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch to weigh in on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSusan Collins signals she won't campaign against Biden Cuccinelli says rule forcing international students to return home will 'encourage schools to reopen' Clinton labels ICE decision on international students 'cruel' and 'unnecessary' MORE's email scandal.

The Louisiana Republican wants to know whether Lynch would investigate the former secretary of State following reports that Clinton conducted government business from her personal email account and then deleted many of the messages on the server.

He wrote a letter to Lynch Thursday asking her to clarify.

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"Clinton's actions certainly warrant such an investigation," Vitter wrote. "If you are confirmed as Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderTrump official criticizes ex-Clinton spokesman over defunding police tweet Obama to speak about George Floyd in virtual town hall GOP group launches redistricting site MORE's replacement, will you commit to a vigorous and transparent investigation of the allegations that Clinton used her personal email account and server to shield politically-sensitive material?"

Vitter voted against Lynch in committee and said he will do so again on the floor.

Lynch is likely to eventually be confirmed by the Senate, but she has been waiting 145 days for that to happen. Her nomination was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Feb. 26, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellClash looms over next coronavirus relief bill McGrath campaign staffers to join union Romney, Collins, Murkowski won't attend GOP convention MORE (R-Ky.) has delayed a floor vote on her nomination.

One of the concerns for many Republicans has been Lynch's endorsement of President Obama's controversial immigration policies. 

But Vitter is now raising the issue of Clinton's email scandal, which he called a "shocking violation of federal law" that "substantially undermines the American public's faith in the integrity of the federal government."

"If we let Hillary Clinton get away with deleting all of her emails as Secretary of State, we'll set a dangerous precedent for the administration moving forward," Vitter said. "This should never happen again, and we need to know that our next attorney general will hold the administration accountable."

Meanwhile, five other Senate Republicans — Sens. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchDACA remains in place, but Dreamers still in limbo Bottom line Bottom line MORE (Utah), Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeCheney clashes with Trump Sessions-Tuberville Senate runoff heats up in Alabama GOP lawmakers stick to Trump amid new criticism MORE (Ariz.), Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham challenger Harrison raises record-shattering .9 million for SC Senate bid Trump renews culture war, putting GOP on edge Bubba Wallace responds to Trump: 'Even when it's HATE from the POTUS.. Love wins' MORE (S.C.), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsRomney, Collins, Murkowski won't attend GOP convention Susan Collins signals she won't campaign against Biden Graham challenger Harrison raises record-shattering .9 million for SC Senate bid MORE (Maine) and Mark KirkMark Steven KirkLiberal veterans group urges Biden to name Duckworth VP On the Trail: Senate GOP hopefuls tie themselves to Trump Biden campaign releases video to explain 'what really happened in Ukraine' MORE (Ill.) — have voiced support for Lynch and say they will vote along with Democrats to confirm her.

This should give Lynch enough support to become the next attorney general.