Sessions spurns GOP request for second special counsel

02 April, 2018, 00:13 | Author: Mable Gonzales
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In his statement, Mr. Sessions denied a request by several Republican committee chairmen on Capitol Hill for a special counsel on a range of matters united by the thread that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and/or Justice Department soft-pedaled probes of Democrat Hillary Clinton and tried to undermine the candidacy of Republican Donald Trump.

In a letter to three congressional committee chairmen, Mr. Sessions said an existing Justice Department inquiry into issues raised earlier by the lawmakers included an examination of the surveillance matter, obviating the need for a special counsel.

Sessions' letter is embedded below. The inspector general, some think that our inspector general is not very strong; but he has nearly 500, employees, most of which are lawyers and prosecutors; and they are looking at the FISA process.

Investigative reporter Sara Carter reported the senior Obama officials used unsubstantiated evidence to launch allegations in the media that the Trump campaign was colluding with Russian Federation during the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. While we continue to believe the appointment of a second Special Counsel is necessary, this is a step in the right direction.

Huber, who has served in both Democratic and Republican administrations as a career prosecutor, almost had his tenure as U.S. attorney cut short previous year. "And at the Department of Justice, they think that one of their own employees can investigate it", Gaetz said.

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Sessions said Huber is conducting his work in cooperation with Justice Department Inspector General, Michael E. Horowitz.

Those Republican calls for another special counsel have come from several powerful members of Congress, including Sens. And the attorney general said he will rely on the prosecutor's review to determine whether or not a special counsel should be appointed.

We applaud the Attorney General for demonstrating his commitment to this investigation by selecting an individual outside of Washington, lead the review.

Updates with Gowdy and Goodlatte statement in sixth and seventh paragraphs. Trump nominated him to permanently return as US attorney in June 2017 - two years after his confirmation under Obama - and he was confirmed in August by a unanimous voice vote in the US Senate.

Horowitz's investigation comes at the request of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and congressional Republicans. His own involvement in any decision is further complicated by the fact that he is recused from all investigations related to the 2016 presidential campaign.



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