There are about two-dozen Republicans who are calling on the Trump Justice Department to appoint a second special counsel. They want further investigation into the 2016 campaign controversies surrounding Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration.
A request was officially made on Thursday by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and GOP committee colleagues to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
“The American public has a right to know the facts – all of them – surrounding the election and its aftermath,” Republicans wrote. “We urge you to appoint a second special counsel to ensure these troubling, unanswered questions are not relegated to the dustbin of history.”
This would mean an entirely separate special counsel probe from the one Robert Mueller is leading into the Trump-Russia relationship.
At the core of their argument is the fact that numerous questions remain unanswered about the 2016 campaign that have been pushed to the back burner because of the intense focus on the Russia investigation.
Lawmakers said that they “have no interest in engendering more bad feelings and less confidence in the process or governmental institutions by the American people. Rather, our call is made on their behalf. It is meant to determine whether the criminal prosecution of any individual is warranted based on the solemn obligation to follow the facts wherever they lead and applying the law to those facts.”
The surprising testimony given by Comey at Capitol Hill in June has fueled the lawmakers interests in revisiting the 2016 controversies.
Earlier this week, investigation into Comey’s handling of the Clinton email probe has been called for by Republicans.
One lawmaker, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), said “I don’t think that crimes of the prior administration, of Hillary Clinton, the collusion with James Comey and Loretta Lynch should be forgotten just because Hillary Clinton lost the election.”
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