20 House Republicans seek second special counsel to investigate handling of Clinton email probe

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Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee have sent a letter to the Justice Department asking for appointment of a second special counsel to investigate the prior administration’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia and 19 other Republicans sent the letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, report the Washington Examiner, CNBC and Fox News. A press release is here.

The letter says the special counsel should investigate decisions made by former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former FBI director James Comey in the investigation of Clinton’s use of a private server for State Department emails.

The letter refers to an airplane tarmac meeting between Lynch and former President Bill Clinton, and Comey’s testimony that Lynch asked him to refer to the email probe as a “matter” rather than an “investigation.”

“Mr. Comey’s testimony has provided new evidence that Ms. Lynch may have used her position of authority to undermine the Clinton investigation,” the letter asserts.

The letter asks for an investigation of 14 issues. They include dealings by the Clinton Foundation and its ties to foreign entities, including entities in Russia and the Ukraine, as well as the Clinton campaign’s ties to those entities.

“The American public has a right to know the facts—all of them—surrounding the election and its aftermath,” they wrote. “We urge you to appoint a second special counsel to ensure these troubling, unanswered questions are not relegated to the dustbin of history.”

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