(National Sentinel) Two Choices: Outspoken conservative Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint a second special counsel to investigate alleged abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court by Obama-era officials within the FBI and Justice Department, or resign.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 3, 2018
“If Jeff Sessions does not appoint a second special counsel, then we need a new Attorney General, Judge. You are absolutely right,” Gaetz said in an interview with Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro.
“Even if we learn more horrifying things from the Inspector General, we can’t actually prosecute somebody for those things because we would need somebody to be able to bring that case and the Department of Justice and FBI obviously won’t be bringing a case against themselves,” he continued.
“So Jeff Sessions needs to get rid of this mindset that is a dereliction of duty and he needs to do what Congress has called for and appoint a second special counsel to get to the bottom of this.”
Last week President Donald J. Trump tweeted his displeasure with Sessions’ decision to task Justice Dept. Inspector General Michael Horowitz with looking into alleged FISA court abuses by some members of the FBI and DoJ to get a warrant from the FISA court to spy on Trump campaign figure Carter Page.
Why is A.G. Jeff Sessions asking the Inspector General to investigate potentially massive FISA abuse. Will take forever, has no prosecutorial power and already late with reports on Comey etc. Isn’t the I.G. an Obama guy? Why not use Justice Department lawyers? DISGRACEFUL!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 28, 2018
“Why is A.G. Jeff Sessions asking the Inspector General to investigate potentially massive FISA abuse. Will take forever, has no prosecutorial power and already late with reports on Comey etc. Isn’t the I.G. an Obama guy? Why not use Justice Department lawyers? DISGRACEFUL!” the president tweeted.
According to the so-called “FISA memo” released last month by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, the FBI and DoJ used the unsubstantiated “Trump dossier” to obtain a FISA warrant, misrepresenting the document as a piece of intelligence rather than telling the court it was opposition research funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
On Thursday House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said in a letter to Sessions that the FBI may have violated criminal statutes and strict internal procedures in pursuit of a surveillance warrant against the Trump campaign.
“Former and current DOJ and FBI leadership have confirmed to the committee that unverified information from the Steele dossier comprised an essential part of the FISA applications related to Carter Page,” Nunes wrote Thursday.
The chairman listed five criminal statutes that may have been violated. They include obstruction of justice, conspiracy, and contempt of court.
In addition, the letter cites more statutes that make it a crime to willfully deprive someone of a right that is protected by the Constitution as well as another that prevents unauthorized electronic surveillance.
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