Millions of Americans believed the fix was in when Hillary Clinton escaped criminal charges for sending classified information over her private email server.

And at the center of this controversy was Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

But FBI Director James Comey’s congressional testimony is beginning to raise new questions about her role in the cover up.

When Comey testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, he was asked about a document written by a Democratic operative.

The memo declared that Lynch would protect Clinton from any criminal charges.

The New York Times reported:

“During Russia’s hacking campaign against the United States, intelligence agencies could peer, at times, into Russian networks and see what had been taken. Early last year, F.B.I. agents received a batch of hacked documents, and one caught their attention.

The document, which has been described as both a memo and an email, was written by a Democratic operative who expressed confidence that Ms. Lynch would keep the Clinton investigation from going too far, according to several former officials familiar with the document.

Read one way, it was standard Washington political chatter. Read another way, it suggested that a political operative might have insight into Ms. Lynch’s thinking.”

FBI Director Comey feared hackers would release the document.

Committee Chairman Senator Chuck Grassley grilled Comey about the report, but the FBI Director dodged giving a direct answer.

Breitbart reports:

“Grassley inquired: “Okay, moving on to another subject, the New York Times recently reported that the FBI had found a troubling email among the ones the Russians hacked from Democrat operatives. The email reportedly provided assurances that Attorney General Lynch would protect Secretary Clinton by making sure the FBI investigation ‘didn’t go too far.’

“How, and when, did you first learn of this document? Also, who sent it and who received it?”

Comey replied, “That’s not a question I can answer in this forum, Mr. Chairman, because it would call for a classified response. I have briefed leadership of the intelligence committees on that particular issue, but I can’t talk about it here.”

Grassley continued to press for answers, but Comey declined to answer.

Breitbart reports on the transcript of the exchange:

“GRASSLEY: What steps did the FBI take to determine whether Attorney General Lynch had actually given assurances that the political fix was in no matter what? Did the FBI interview the person who wrote the email? If not, why not?

COMEY: I have to give you the same answer. I can’t talk about that in an unclassified setting.

GRASSLEY: Okay, then you can expect me to follow up on that. I asked the FBI to provide this email to the committee before today’s hearing. Why haven’t you done so and will you provide it by the end of this week?

COMEY: Again, to react to that, I have to give a classified answer and I can’t give it sitting here.

GRASSLEY: So that means you can give me the email?

COMEY: I’m not confirming there was an email, sir. I can’t — the subject is classified and in an appropriate forum I’d be happy to brief you on it. But I can’t do it in an open hearing.”

Lynch’s questionable decision making caused Comey to hold his now-famous July press conference where he laid out all of Clinton’s wrong doing, but then said he would not recommend criminal charges.

He stated that Lynch’s meeting with former President Bill Clinton caused him to believe the Department of Justice lacked the credibility to finish the investigation.

But his refusal to answer questions about a memo that claimed Lynch would protect Clinton leads critics to believe the Department of Justice never had any credibility in the first place.