Congressional GOP members have expressed frustration, albeit in a muted way, that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 election isn’t touching on the roles played by figures like Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former FBI Director James Comey.
The subdued nature of their frustration is about to change, however: Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee are asking the Department of Justice to appoint another special counsel — this time to do a more thorough look into the 2016 presidential race outside of Russia’s alleged electoral interference.
In a letter letter dated July 27 and addressed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, requests a special counsel who would investigate 14 specific questions involving Hillary Clinton’s private email server, Loretta Lynch’s pressuring of James Comey to refer to the investigation as a “matter,” Comey’s alleged leaking of classified information via the now-infamous “Trump memo” and other related peccadilloes.
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“We are writing to you to request assistance in restoring public confidence in our nation’s justice system and its investigators, specifically the Department of Justice and the FBI,” the letter begins. “We need to enable these agencies to perform their necessary and important law enforcement and intelligence functions full unhindered by politics.”
“Many Democrats and members of the Washington media previously called for a ‘special prosecutor‘ to investigate Russian influence on the election and connections with the Trump campaign. Not surprisingly, once you actually made the decision to appoint a special counsel, the calls for further investigations by congressional committees continued, focused on allegations that have heretofore produced no evidence of criminality, despite the fact that over a year has passed since the opening of the original FBI investigation.”
The letter goes on to enumerate the issues they wish the special counsel to address, including “(t)hen-Attorney General Loretta Lynch directing Mr. Comey to mislead the American people on the nature of the Clinton investigation … (the) FBI and DOJ’s investigative decisions related to former Secretary Clinton’s email investigation, including the propriety and consequence of immunity deals given to potential Clinton co-conspirators Cheryl Mills, Heather Samuelson, John Bentel and possibly others … (and) Admitted leaks by Mr. Comey to Columbia University law professor, Daniel Richman, regarding conversations between Mr. Comey and President Trump.”
Other items Republicans would like the special prosecutor’s docket to include would be the DNC’s alleged collusion with Hillary Clinton to throw the nomination to “undermine Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign” (a collusion charge that remains curiously unremembered among Russia-fixated Democrats), the unmasking of U.S. citizens in intelligence reports by Susan Rice and others, and “(c)onnections between the Clinton campaign, or the Clinton Foundation, and foreign entities, including those from Russia and Ukraine.”
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For those of you thinking this is just a letter, let me stress here just how devastating this news is for Democrats, especially if the DOJ finds this request to be an actionable one.
The mythos surrounding collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia collapsed like tissue paper in the rain during the course of Jared Kushner’s closed-door testimony before Congress last week. With that out of the way, Mueller’s chances proving Rocky and Bullwinkle-style malfeasance on the part of the president and his surrogates seems to have diminished greatly.
With this in mind, Congress may be pivoting toward investigating some of the other sundry aspects of the 2016 campaign. Unfortunately for Democrats, when that inquiry’s gaze isn’t fixated on the Kremlin, things don’t turn out quite so pleasantly for them — especially when those Democrats are named Hillary Clinton, Loretta Lynch and James Comey.
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