On Tuesday, House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) joined in with the growing calls for a second special counsel. They demanded the appointment of a second special counsel to investigate FISA abuses.
Fox News reported:
Gowdy, R-S.C., and Goodlatte, R-Va., penned a letter Tuesday to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
“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,” Gowdy and Goodlatte wrote.
They pointed, specifically, toward the use of the infamous anti-Trump dossier used in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to obtain a warrant to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
“There is evidence of bias, trending toward animus, among those charged with investigating serious cases,” they wrote. “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.”
They added: “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.”
Obviously, since Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein approved the illegal spy warrant on Carter Page, it is highly unlikely that he will allow a second special counsel to be appointed. Not if he has anything to do with it. After all, why would he want to have his own criminal actions investigated by an outside attorney?
Last week, Attorney General Sessions said that he would have Inspector General Harowitz investigate the Obama FISA abuses, but that resulted in growing calls from Republicans, and President Trump for Sessions to appoint a second counsel. Trump cited the Inspector General’s inability to prosecute, in contrast to a special counsel. Also, Trump expressed his concerns for Harowitz’ objectivity, since he is an Obama appointee.
Then, GOP Rep. Lee Zeldin sent a letter to AWOL Attorney General Jeff Sessions urging him to appoint a Special Counsel to investigate, and since then, thirteen Republican’s have signed the letter.
On Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions joined Shannon Bream on Fox News @ Night to discuss the growing corruption cases that the House Judiciary Committee, and Americans throughout the country are demanding answers to. When Shannon Bream asked Sessions about the FISA abuse scandal, and if he plans to appoint a second special counsel to investigate those abuses, AG Sessions said left America with more questions than answers. Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated:
“I have appointed someone outside of DC to investigate the allegations brought forth by the House Judiciary Committee.”
Everyone began asking who he appointed? Was he talking about the Inspector General? Did he appoint a second special counsel?
Shannon Bream’s interview with the Attorney General:
On Thursday night, Shannon Bream tweeted: