AG Sessions Says No Second Special Counsel - For Now, Anyway

AG Sessions Says No Second Special Counsel - For Now, Anyway”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions revealed Thursday that a top federal prosecutor is looking into Republican accusations that the FBI is plagued by an anti-Trump bias, but stopped short of appointing a special counsel to investigate the matter.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions previous year announced a crackdown on leaks, after a series of embarrassing revelations from President Donald Trump's White House.

He said he received regular updates from Huber and would receive his recommendations after his review is complete to consider whether any matters merit a special counsel.

The lawmakers have raised numerous concerns - including the handling of the Clinton email investigation, alleged wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation, the sale of a uranium company to Russian Federation and what some conservatives view as inappropriate surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

"We do not believe the Department of Justice is capable of investigating and evaluating these fact patterns in a fashion likely to garner public confidence", House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia and House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy of SC wrote in a letter to Sessions earlier this month. And the attorney general said he will rely on the prosecutor's review to determine whether or not a special counsel should be appointed.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions takes questions during a press conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, DC on February 27, 2018. We expect that U.S. Attorney Huber, given his reputation, will conduct an independent and thorough investigation.

Sessions isn't specifying the issues, but Republicans have called for special counsels to investigate Clinton Foundation dealings and an Obama-era uranium deal. "While we continue to believe the appointment of a second Special Counsel is necessary, this is a step in the right direction", Goodlatte and Gowdy said in a statement.

The Justice Department has vowed to crack down on leaks that it contends undermine national security and the affidavit is the most detailed description on how the Federal Bureau of Investigation used its own technology - and the records themselves - to track such leaks.

Nonetheless, his decision not to appoint a special counsel, at least for now, is nearly certain to disappoint Republicans.

Huber has previously conducted investigations in a number of high-profile cases and led task forces focused on terrorism, according to the letter.

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