(National Sentinel) Excuses: Attorney General Jeff Sessions again on Friday refused to answer whether there is a need yet for a second special counsel to investigate members of the FBI and Justice Department over their anti-Trump bias.
Sessions said that although he’s concerned about recent allegations of bias among officials tied to the Hillary Clinton exoneration last year for her mishandling of classified information and the probes of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, “sometimes things that might appear to be bad in the press have more innocent explanations, so fairness and justice should also be provided to our personnel.”
As noted by Zero Hedge, last week the attorney general responded to increasing pressure for a special counsel, saying, “I’ve put a senior attorney, with the resources he may need, to review cases in our office and make a recommendation to me, if things are being pursued that need to be pursued, if cases may need more resources to complete in a proper manner, and to recommend to me if the standards for a special counsel are met.”
But in November, Sessions also pushed back against calls among many in Congress for another special counsel who would be tasked with investigating the origins of the salacious but unverified “Trump dossier” that was paid for, in part, by the Hillary Clinton campaign to launch the Russia investigation.
The dossier, some Republicans also believe, was used by the FBI to justify a FISA court warrant to spy on members of Trump’s campaign.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, has stated he believes there is proof of the FBI using the dossier for that very purpose:
Former Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, now a Fox News contributor, called on Sessions to resign on Saturday.
“It pains me to say this a little bit [but] I don’t think the attorney general is up to the job he’s doing,” Chaffetz said.
Rep Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and Rep. Gaetz, R-Fla, joined Sean Hannity last Wednesday to also call for Sessions to step aside if he is unable to see evidence they believe is clear that elements within the FBI and Department of Justice conspired to help Clinton and harm President Donald J. Trump.
“Maybe we need to have a Special Prosecutor to investigate the investigators,” Meadows said.
And we’re here to tell you tonight, not only do we have task force that is being set up under Chairman Gowdy and Chairman Goodlatte that includes Jim Jordan, myself, John Radcliffe, Jim Buck, we’re working with Matt Gaetz and Ron DeSantis to get to the bottom of it,” he continued.
“But the American people have had enough… The time is now for Jeff Sessions to do his job. And if he doesn’t do his job he needs to step aside and let somebody else do it.”