House Republicans have really been struggling lately. Rather than focusing on issues that matter, some have been busy threatening women who opted to vote against the Senate’s disastrous health care bill. Meanwhile, others have been pursuing investigations into issues that have already been thoroughly explored.
On Thursday, a group of Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, asking them to assist in “restoring public confidence in our nation’s justice system and its investigators, specifically the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).”
What can Sessions and Rosenstein to help restore this confidence? According to this group, they can appoint a special counsel to lead an investigation into the nefarious actions of Hillary Clinton, Loretta Lynch, and James Comey.
The group includes committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia) and Reps. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas), Andy Biggs (R-Arizona), and the newly elected Georgia Republican, Karen Handel.
These congressmen and women said in their letter that they think special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is “unbalanced” and has a limited focus. They argued that, in addition to looking into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, there also needs to be a separate investigation into potential crimes committed by Clinton, Lynch, and Comey.
‘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. For this reason, we call on you to appoint a second special counsel to investigate a plethora of matters connected to the 2016 election and its aftermath, including actions taken by previously public figures like Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.’
After criticizing Democrats and the mainstream media for being too focused on Russia, the group went on to list 14 different questions that they want to be answered by a special counsel.
The list includes Loretta Lynch’s attempt to “mislead the American people on the nature of” the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. According to the group, Lynch was misleading because she used the word “matters” instead of “investigation” during her testimony.
The members of the Judiciary Committee also want to know more about the decision by the FBI, which was led by Comey at the time, not to pursue charges against Clinton for using a private email server.
The request from the committee seems to be an attempt at distracting from the investigation into the president’s Russia ties. However, the group tried to argue against this by saying they have “no interest in engendering more bad feelings.”
‘Our call for a special counsel is not made lightly. We 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.’
We’ll just have to wait and see whether or not the Justice Departments takes the group’s request seriously.
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