Reps Trey Gowdy and Bob Goodlatte are now demanding, in a letter to AG Sessions and deputy Rod Rosenstein, that they appoint a 2nd special counsel to investigate DOJ, FBI…
House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte and House Oversight Committee chairman Trey Gowdy on Tuesday demanded the appointment of a special counsel to investigate “conflicts of interest” and decisions “made and not made” by current and former Justice Department officials in 2016 and 2017. They stated, “the public interest requires” the action.
In a Tuesday letter to AG Jeff Sessions and deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, the chairmen wrote “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.” They specifically addressed the dubious use of the Steele dossier to mislead the FISA Court into granting a search warrant against Carter Page, a US citizen.
They stated, “There is evidence of bias, trending toward animus, among those charged with investigating serious cases. 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.” Gowdy told Fox News, “Congress doesn’t have the tools to investigate this… We leak like the Gossip Girls.”
The chairmen said: “Questions have arisen with the FISA process and these questions and concerns threaten to impugn both public and congressional confidence in significant counterintelligence program processes and those charged with overseeing and implementing these counterintelligence processes.”
Gowdy and Goodlatte wrote that because the “decisions of both former and current Department of Justice and FBI officials are at issue,” they do not believe the DOJ is “capable” of investigating the “fact patterns in a fashion likely to garner public confidence.”
“While we have confidence in the Inspector General for the Department of Justice, the DOJ IG does not have the authority to investigate other governmental entities or former employees of the Department, the Bureau, or other agencies.
They left Sessions no wiggle room in noting, “Some have been reluctant to call for the appointment of a Special Counsel because such an appointment should be reserved for those unusual cases where existing investigative and prosecutorial entities cannot adequately discharge those duties. We believe this is just such a case.”
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