On Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions revealed the identity of a ‘top federal prosecutor,’ investigating alleged abuses by the Justice Department and FBI. In addition, Sessions said he believes a second special counsel is not required at this time.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions says for now, there won't be a second special counsel for evaluating alleged FBI, DOJ wrongdoing. @edhenry has the story. #SpecialReport https://t.co/VCJIsovITK pic.twitter.com/KvInVFG5gD
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 29, 2018
The Hill reports:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday that a top federal prosecutor has been examining issues within the Department of Justice (DOJ), but has determined there is no need to appoint a second special counsel at this time.
CNN first reported Thursday that John Huber, the federal prosecutor in Utah, has been investigating Republicans’ allegations that the FBI abused a surveillance program against a former Trump campaign adviser.
Huber has also been looking at whether the FBI should have more thoroughly probed Hillary Clinton‘s ties to Uranium One, a Russian nuclear energy agency.
Sessions made the revelation in a letter to GOP committee chairmen Chuck Grassley(Iowa), Bob Goodlatte (Va.) and Trey Gowdy (S.C.)
Reacting to the news, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton called Sessions’ announcement a “major fail,” by the Justice Department.
“Major fail from DOJ! AG Sessions writes he tasked a lawyer to investigate whether to investigate the Clinton/Obama abuses! No wonder @RealDonaldTrump is frustrated,” Fitton tweeted.
Major fail from DOJ! AG Sessions writes he tasked a lawyer to investigate whether to investigate the Clinton/Obama abuses! No wonder @RealDonaldTrump is frustrated. https://t.co/p7N2YdCfZP
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) March 29, 2018
Earlier this month, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) called for a second special counsel to investigate FISA abuse committed by the FBI and DOJ.
FOX News reports:
Gowdy, R-S.C., and Goodlatte, R-Va., penned a letter Tuesday to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
“Matters have arisen—both recently and otherwise—which necessitate the appointment of a Special Counsel. We do not make this observation and attendant request lightly,” Gowdy and Goodlatte wrote.
They pointed, specifically, toward the use of the infamous anti-Trump dossier used in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to obtain a warrant to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
“There is evidence of bias, trending toward animus, among those charged with investigating serious cases,” they wrote. “There is evidence political opposition research was used in court filings. There is evidence this political opposition research was neither vetted before it was used nor fully revealed to the relevant tribunal.”
Shortly after sending the letter to Sessions, Gowdy revealed to FOX News’ Bill Hemmer that he reached the conclusion a second special counsel is required after learning Inspector General Horowitz doesn’t have the subpoena power to use on former FBI Director James Comey and outgoing Deputy Director Andrew McCabe as witnesses.
.@TGowdySC explains why he's calling for a special counsel to investigate alleged bias and FISA abuse inside the @TheJusticeDept. #SpecialReport https://t.co/JqQ7xuahWk pic.twitter.com/H0gpNilo4N
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 6, 2018
When asked “what matters have arisen,” that now require a second special counsel to investigate, Gowdy had this to say…
GOWDY: “What changed for me was the knowledge that there are two dozen witnesses that Michael Horowitz, the Inspector General, would not have access to. So, your options are DOJ investigating themselves – they can’t do that because of conflict of interest. [Second,] Let the Inspector General do it. Now I’m a big fan of Mike Horowitz, but he has no jurisdiction over witnesses that have either left the department or never worked there. So, when I counted up 24 witnesses that he would not be able to access, were he to investigate it, you have only one conclusion – that’s a special counsel.
When asked by Hemmer who Horowitz does not have access to, Gowdy revealed former FBI Director James Comey, Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, along with Clinton hatchetmen Sidney Blumenthal and Cody Shearer are all on the list.