Prominent GOP legislators recently asked the US Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, via letter to convene a second special counsel. They citied “evidence of bias, trending toward animus, among those charged with investigating serious cases” at both the FBI and the Department of Justice.
They also reiterated allegations that federal officials relied on “opposition research” when seeking authority to survelil Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser of Donald Trump.
While Sessions did not completely rule out the possibility of appointing a special counsel, saying US Attorney John Huber was leading an internal investigation and would ultimately recommend “whether any matters merit the appointment of a Special Counsel,” he certainly did not affirm the necessity of a second special counsel.
Republicans have repeatedly argued that the FBI and the Department of Justice failed to reveal their application to conduct surveillance on Mr Page had drawn on intelligence gathered by Christopher Steele, a former spy funded by the Democratic National Committee and Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
This assertion has been strongly rebuked by Democrats and law enforcement officials.
Of course, this request comes as special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election — and potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia — continues to widen.
Last year, Trump repeatedly lashed out at Sessions for having recused himself from the Russia investigation after he came under fire for his own failure to disclose contacts. More recently, Trump has taken to attacking Sessions on another matter.
Why is A.G. Jeff Sessions asking the Inspector General to investigate potentially massive FISA abuse. Will take forever, has no prosecutorial power and already late with reports on Comey etc. Isn’t the I.G. an Obama guy? Why not use Justice Department lawyers? DISGRACEFUL!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 28, 2018
Jeff Sessions is one of the least sympathetic figures to hold high office but no one can deny he’s spent the better part of Trump’s tenure between a rock and… Donald Trump’s whims.