Washington soon could face the upheaval of a second special counsel – an investigator of the investigators – to probe the FBI and Justice Department investigations of alleged Trump campaign collusion with Russia in the 2016 election.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, told Fox News’ Shannon Bream Wednesday he would “consider” making the appointment.
The Russia investigations, including special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, were prompted primarily by an anti-Trump “dossier” of largely unverified political dirt financed by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee that was used to obtain a warrant to spy on a Trump campaign adviser.
Members of Congress have asked for the appointment of a second special counsel, including Reps. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., of the House Intelligence Committee and Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
“Well, I have great respect for Mr. Gowdy and Chairman Goodlatte, and we are going to consider seriously their recommendations,” Sessions told Bream.
“I have appointed a person outside of Washington – many years at the Department of Justice – to look at all of the allegations that the House Judiciary Committee members sent to us and we are conducting that investigation.”
Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan said that the second special counsel should be “someone from Oklahoma, Iowa, somewhere from the middle of the country.”
“A well-respected, retired federal judge or some prosecutor who’s well respected to assemble a team and let them do it,” he explained. “I don’t see any other remedy.”
Jordan added that “if you pick the right person there’s a chance at the conclusion there can be some type of closure and acceptance on the part of the American people. They want people held accountable.”
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March 8th, 2018