Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee are finally taking action against Hillary Clinton, former FBI Director James Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, by requesting the Justice Department appoint a second special counsel.
Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and other Republicans sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, saying they want a second investigator to match Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is conducting an expansive investigation of the Trump campaign and various Trump associates.
“The unbalanced, uncertain, and seemingly unlimited focus of the special counsel’s investigation has led many of our constituents to see a dual standard of justice that benefits only the powerful and politically well-connected,” the Republicans say.
In their letter, the Republicans list 14 separate categories they say should be investigated by the additional special counsel specifically mentioning Hillary Clinton and her potential mishandling of classified information.
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The Daily Caller reports:
The Republicans are also questioning why the Justice Department did not impanel a grand jury to look into the mishandling of classified information. They also want to look into Comey’s recent claim that he was ordered by Lynch to publicly refer to the Clinton email probe as a “matter” instead of an investigation.
Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee last month that he was “confused and concerned” by Lynch’s request.
Regarding Comey, the Republicans want the special counsel to look into “any and all potential leaks originated by Mr. Comey and provide to author Michael Schmidt dating back to 1993.”
Schmidt is a New York Times reporter who has broken a number of stories about the ongoing Trump-Russia probe, as well as about memos that Comey wrote after his meetings earlier this year with Trump.
After he was fired by Trump on May 9, Comey leaked those memos to a friend, Columbia University Law School professor Daniel Richman. At Comey’s direction, Richman read portions of the memos to Schmidt. Comey testified last month that he leaked the memos in order to force the appointment of a special counsel.
Rosenstein did just that days later.
One memo relayed to Schmidt discussed Comey’s Feb. 14 discussion with Trump about Michael Flynn, who had been fired as Trump’s national security director the day before.