Members of the House Judiciary Committee, Republicans , are asking for the appointment of a second special counsel, this one to investigate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former FBI Director James Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
In a letter to addressed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at the Justice Department, Republicans said there should be a second investigator to match efforts by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is looking into whether Trump campaign members colluded with Russia officials during the 2016 presidential election.
“The unbalanced, uncertain, and seemingly unlimited focus of the special counsel’s investigation has led many of our constituents to see a dual standard of justice that benefits only the powerful and politically well-connected,” the letter read.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said the appointment of a second prosecutor was necessary to “investigate unaddressed matters” stemming from the 2016 election.
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Republicans listed 14 areas of concern in their letter that they believe should be investigated by the second investigator.
Republican members of the Judiciary said they want to know why the Justice Department, while under Lynch’s purview, did not impanel a grand jury to look into Clinton’s mishandling of classified information.
Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee in June that Lynch pressured Comey to refer to the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email scandal as a “matter” rather than an “investigation.”
While Comey testified that President Donald Trump was not under any investigation, the former FBI director admitted under oath that he leaked FBI memos detailing his private conversations with Trump to a friend and directed him to give them to the New York Times for publication.
“Mr. Comey’s testimony has provided new evidence that Ms. Lynch may have used her position of authority to undermine the Clinton investigation,” the letter from the Republicans said.
“The American public has a right to know the facts — all of them — surrounding the election and its aftermath,” they added. “We urge you to appoint a second special counsel to ensure these troubling, unanswered questions are not relegated to the dustbin of history.”
After Comey was fired by Trump on May 9, Comey leaked those memos to Columbia University Law School professor Daniel Richman. The leaked memos prompted the appointment of Mueller, a result Comey said was the motive behind his action.
Republicans want to know whether “anyone in the Obama Administration, including Mr. Comey, Ms. Lynch, Ms. Susan Rice, Ms. Samantha Power, or others, had any knowledge about the ‘unmasking’ of individuals on then candidate-Trump’s campaign team, transition team, or both.”
“Connections between the Clinton campaign, or the Clinton Foundation, and foreign entities, including those from Russia and Ukraine,” are also among the issues Republicans want the new special prosecutor to address.
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source: Western Journalism