Top-ranking House Republican leaders are backing calls for a second special counsel to investigate the Obama Department of Justice and the FBI for their handling of Hillary Clinton email probe and the ongoing Russia probe.
Reps. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) have backed a request from GOP senators asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to install another special prosecutor to work independently with the Inspector General.
DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz is currently investigating the FBI and DOJ to determine whether or not they abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in relying heavily on a dossier compiled by Christopher Steele to get a warrant to surveil a Trump campaign associate.
Steele’s work was funded by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee and contains salacious and unverified rumors. As The Federalist reported, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) sent a lengthy letter to Horowitz asking him to investigate and determine whether or not Steele’s work was funded by the Russian government.
In a statement released Monday, Scalise said he agreed “with the many others who have called for the appointment of an additional special counsel.”
“We need a second special counsel,” McCarthy said on Saturday in an interview on Fox News’ “Justice With Judge Jeanine.”
Some Republicans say a special counsel is needed to assist Horowitz, as he does not have the legal authority to levy charges against either department if he does indeed find criminal wrongdoing. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have not backed their colleagues requests for an additional special council.