REPORT: Lawmakers Fuming After AG Sessions Refuses To Appoint Second Special Counsel

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. 

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.

Rep. Mark Meadows tweeted his displeasure with Sessions’ decision.

“So the Obama DOJ can open a legally questionable investigation into the Trump campaign—allegedly based on a campaign volunteer mouthing off at a London bar—but this DOJ can’t appoint a second special counsel after all the troubling documents we’ve seen?”

The Washington Examiner’s Byron York revealed some lawmakers think Huber acting as a quasi-special counsel is a “joke.”


“Jeff Sessions says no to second special counsel to investigate Trump-Russia investigation, but appoints USAttorney in Utah to lead a kinda/sorta special investigation inside DOJ. Critics in House unhappy. ‘A farce,’ says one. ‘A joke,’ says another. Others holding fire, for now,” York tweeted.

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