Thirteen Republican lawmakers sent a letter Wednesday to Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking him to appoint a second special counsel to investigate the Justice Department and FBI.
The new special counsel would look into decisions made by the leadership within the DOJ and FBI to end the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her unauthorized private email server, according to the lawmakers.
The second special counsel would also look into how the investigation into President Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign. Special counsel Robert Mueller has yet to find any collusion between Trump and Russia throughout his entire investigation.
“As you know, evidence has come to light that raises serious concerns about decisions and activities by leadership at the highest levels of the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding how and why the Clinton probe ended and how and why the Trump-Russia probe began,” the members of Congress said in the letter. “Additionally, important questions have been raised with regards to FISA warrants targeting U.S. citizen Carter Page. We write to urge you today to appoint a Special Counsel to investigate these decisions and activities.”
Just sent letter asking @jeffsessions to appoint Special Counsel to investigate decisions/activities re FISA abuse, & how/why Clinton probe ended, & Trump-Russia probe began. TY to @Jim_Jordan, @RepRooney @RepTedBudd @RepMattGaetz @RepMarkMeadows @replouiegohmert & other signers! pic.twitter.com/L8IYuVlKMI
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) February 28, 2018
“We acknowledge with immense gratitude that nearly every single man and woman in the DOJ and FBI conducts themselves daily with integrity, independence, patriotism, objectivity and commitment to the rule of law,” the letter continues. “That is why this Special Counsel is of the utmost importance to ensure that these historic, legendary and necessary agencies move forward more respected and effective than ever before.”
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The 13 Republican lawmakers are: New York Rep. Lee Zeldin, Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, Florida Rep. Francis Rooney, North Carolina Rep. Ted Budd, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, New York Rep. Claudia Tenney, Georgia Rep. Jody Hice, Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry, Maryland Rep. Andy Harris, Virginia Rep. Dave Brat, and Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar.
The letter comes the same day Trump blasted Sessions for announcing an investigation into the possible abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
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