(National Sentinel) Tone Deaf: Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday that he would not be appointing a second special counsel to look into alleged wrongdoing and abuses during the Obama administration.
Rather, he said, he had assigned a “top federal prosecutor” to look into whether officials with the FBI and Justice Department acted inappropriately or even illegally to spy on the Trump campaign.
Sessions’ refusal comes after Republican lawmakers had requested a second special counsel based on evidence they turned up during the course of investigations into alleged abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and other misbehavior.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions says for now, there won't be a second special counsel for evaluating alleged FBI, DOJ wrongdoing. @edhenry has the story. #SpecialReport https://t.co/VCJIsovITK pic.twitter.com/KvInVFG5gD
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Fox News‘ Ed Henry reported that Sessions’ appointment of a top prosecutor — which he revealed for the first time Thursday as John Huber of Utah — was a “big deal” because it signaled that he is proceeding with his own investigation into alleged abuses.
Henry said Sessions chose Huber because he can operate well “outside the Beltway.” He also noted that Huber will be using “his prosecutorial powers” to conduct a wide-ranging investigation into alleged abuses that extend well beyond suspected FISA court improprieties.
“I am confident that Mr. Huber’s review will include a full, complete, and objective evaluation of these matters in a manner that is consistent with the law and the facts,” Sessions said in a statement.
“I receive regular updates from Mr. Huber and upon conclusion of his review, will receive his recommendations as to whether any matters not currently under investigation should be opened, whether any matters currently under investigation require further resources, or whether any matters merit the appointment of a Special Counsel.”
In the past, Sessions faced criticism over his appointment of DoJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz to look into the alleged abuses because the IG does not have prosecutorial power. However, as Henry noted, “Huber does.”
Sessions told Fox News‘ Shannon Bream earlier this month that he had appointed a “senior prosecutor” but did not name him at that time.
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