Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and Chuck Grassley explained Thursday their call for another special counsel to investigate the Department of Justice and the FBI for their handling of Hillary Clinton email probe and the ongoing Russia probe.
Graham and Grassley, along with Republican Sens. John Cornyn and Thom Tillis, sent a signed letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Thursday, saying that another special prosecutor to work independently with the Inspector General was necessary to determine whether or not the two government agencies acted properly throughout the aforementioned investigations.
In a sit-down interview with Bret Baier on Fox News, Graham said the investigation into Clinton’s illegal use of a private, unsecured e-mail server to conduct government business during her tenure as secretary of state was “shoddily done” and riddled with “conflicts of interest and political bias that made have resulted in giving Clinton a pass.”
Graham also accused the FBI of abusing the FISA warrant process when it obtained permission to surveil a Trump associate, and that a special council was necessary to determine whether or not crimes were committed throughout that process.
“Somebody other than the people in charge today needs to look at what they did yesterday,” Graham said.
He noted that when seeking the warrant, the FBI heavily relied on information compiled into a dossier by Christopher Steele, who admitted to leaking information to the press while simultaneously acting as a confidential informant to federal investigators. Steele was paid by the Democratic National Committee to put together the dossier which was filled with unverified information and salacious details about Trump and his associates.
“They cannot be counted on to investigate themselves,” Grassley added. “If you do something wrong, you don’t have the fox guard the chicken house.”
“Trump-Russia was the start of it, but you follow the facts and the facts led us to that there is a lot of things done in the previous administration,” he said. “If there’s political interference in the Justice Department, the FBI, in one administration … wouldn’t it be natural that it’s wrong in the previous administration?”