Special counsel to probe Clinton, Lynch and more

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Republicans ask for special counsel to probe Clinton, Obama.  Nearly two-dozen Republicans are calling on the Trump Justice Department to appoint a second special counsel to investigate the raft of 2016 campaign controversies involving Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration, warning these questions cannot “be allowed to die on the vine” amid the Russia probe firestorm.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and GOP committee colleagues made the request in a letter Thursday to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

“The American public has a right to know the facts – all of them – surrounding the election and its aftermath,” they wrote. “We urge you to appoint a second special counsel to ensure these troubling, unanswered questions are not relegated to the dustbin of history.”

‘I don’t think that the crimes of the prior administration, of Hillary Clinton, the collusion with James Comey and Loretta Lynch should be forgotten just because Hillary Clinton lost the election’

 

– Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., to ‘Fox & Friends’

The lawmakers want an entirely separate special counsel probe from the one Robert Mueller is leading into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible coordination with Trump associates. The crux of their argument is that numerous unanswered questions remain from the 2016 campaign cycle that have been pushed aside amid the intense Russia focus.

OBAMA OFFICIAL MADE ‘HUNDREDS OF UNMASKING REQUESTS,’ GOP CHAIRMAN SAYS

They delivered an extensive, 14-point request for what a second special counsel should cover, including:

Allegations that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch instructed then-FBI Director James Comey to downplay the nature of the Clinton email probe
The FBI and DOJ’s decisions in the course of the email probe, including controversial immunity deals with Clinton aide Cheryl Mills and others
The State Department’s involvement in deciding which Clinton emails to make public
Disclosures in WikiLeaks-released emails regarding the Clinton Foundation and, according to the letter, “its potentially unlawful international dealings”
Connections between Clinton officials and “foreign entities” including Russia and Ukraine
Revelations in hacked Democratic National Committee emails about “inappropriate” coordination between the DNC and Clinton campaign against Bernie Sanders’ Democratic primary campaign
The “unmasking” of Americans in intelligence documents and potentially related leaks of classified information
Comey’s admitted leak of details of his conversations with President Trump
The FBI’s “reliance” on controversial firm Fusion GPS, which was involved in the questionable anti-Trump “dossier”
“Our call for a special counsel is not made lightly,” the lawmakers wrote. “We have no interest in engendering more bad feelings and less confidence in the process or governmental institutions by the American people. Rather, our call is made on their behalf. It is meant to determine whether the criminal prosecution of any individual is warranted based on the solemn obligation to follow the facts wherever they lead and applying the law to those facts.”

The push comes as Sessions comes under tremendous pressure from Trump to revisit 2016 controversies concerning Clinton and Democratic officials. The president has publicly pilloried the attorney general over his decision in March to recuse himself from the Russia probe, which led to the appointment of Mueller whom Trump has also criticized.

So why aren’t the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations?
Sessions told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson that the criticism has been “kind of hurtful” but defended his recusal and insisted he would stay on the job as long as the president allows.

Democrats have blasted the periodic GOP efforts to bring back these 2016 controversies, and maintain that Russia’s interference in the campaign is a more pressing matter. Following Trump’s criticism last week of both Sessions and Mueller, top House Intelligence Committee Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, of California, defended the importance of the current special counsel investigation.

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“There is no doubt that Mueller has the authority to investigate anything that arises from his investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, including financial links, and this is spelled out in the order from the Deputy Attorney General and the law that governs the powers of the Special Counsel,” he said in a statement, while also urging Trump to “rule out categorically” the prospect of using pardons to undermine that probe.

But aside from Republican frustration over the evolving and intensifying Russia probe, recent developments have fueled their interest in revisiting 2016’s other controversies. Comey’s Capitol Hill testimony in June included a startling allegation that Lynch told him to refer to the Clinton email investigation as a “matter,” which Comey said made him “queasy.”

FIRM BEHIND ANTI-TRUMP DOSSIER ALSO WORKED FOR RUSSIA, WITNESS SAYS

The Fusion GPS firm also came under renewed criticism this week when a Senate hearing witness alleged the same firm was connected to Russia-backed efforts to fight U.S. sanctions on the country.

House Judiciary Republicans voted earlier this week to call an investigation into Comey’s handling of the Clinton email probe.

One of those lawmakers, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., told “Fox & Friends” on Friday that there seems to be a “double standard in justice.”

“I don’t think that the crimes of the prior administration, of Hillary Clinton, the collusion with James Comey and Loretta Lynch should be forgotten just because Hillary Clinton lost the election,” he said.

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By Judson Berger Published July 28, 2017 Fox News

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    On Gowdy:

    I watched the recent Gowdy video inspiring other Republicans to rally together for “the right thing to do” (paraphrasing) and speak their conservative message to the American people. But honestly, I’m not loving Trey Gowdy lately. He’s smelling to me like a “one of them” with his comments about “Bob” Mueller’s fairness. THERE SHOULD’NT EVEN BE A SPECIAL COUNSEL RIGHT NOW FOR THE TRUMP-RUSSIA COLLUSION BECAUSE THERE IS NO – ZERO -ZIP – NADA – EVIDENCE THAT A CRIME EXISTS. Former prosecutor Trey Gowdy SHOULD know better – and be pointing THAT out publically if he wants to comment on the DOJ or AG’s actions or integrity. Instead he attacks Sessions and lauds Mueller – the enemy of our president and the American people. If Gowdy’s not one of them he sure is attacking the wrong counsellor’s procedure. Sessions has been working to uncover DNC corruption as Mueller does an ILLEGAL fake investigation what will ultimately be personal dirt on Trump before the next election and have nothing to do with Russia at all.

    On Seth Rich:

    I believe the only “hack” to the DNC computers were associated with Sec of St HRC colluding with the Russians in correlation in order to get funds for the Clinton Crime Foundation.

    Seth Rich IMO acted independently to send thousands of files/emails downloaded to a thumb drive and given to Julian Assange’s partner, Gavin Mcfayden of Wikileaks . The same Gavin McFayden who the Deep State also ultimately murdered in their hit list of people who dare to go against them. Yes, McFayden was up in years, however, he was in great health at the time of his untimely death.

    Rich IMO was working for HRC and discovered the correlation between HRC and Debbie Blabbermouth to steal the election from Crazy Bernie. Rich then decided to intercede to make it a fairer election for Crazy Bernie’s supporters after discovering evidence – REAL evidence of corruption. I think Rich was also aware of Huma’s role in HRC’s health cover up and also Anthony Weiner’s/Podesta’s Pizzagate connection.

    Seth Rich was murdered in Washington D.C. at the strangest time of day in front of security camera’s which have no footage and was “robbed” without anyone taking his money or jewelry.

    The “real” hacker behind the DNC computers was no other than Julian Assange. Mystery solved.

    On Traitor McCain:

    “LameBrain McCain” is actually more appropriate nickname, but perhaps – inappropriate at this time. Then again…

    I still feel angry that Traitor McCain voted against sending an empty aka: “nothing” bill back to the House for negotiations and review. The point of the vote was simply to get the conversation started. McCain is lying again that it would’ve been signed into law as is. He’s a liar and a crony capitalist who uses his power to arm rebels otherwise known as ISIS. Personally I hope his time in the Senate will be supernaturally limited as he continues to actively work behind the scenes with Deep State leader B.O. to hurt America and America’s allies.

    On the other hand, I take a deep breath lately that Trump is the one appointed by God to protect our country and the Christians. I have faith that Obamacare failing will be in the best interest of the American people. They will have no choice to start from ashes – because it’s on fire right now. It’s only a matter of time before it burns to the ground completely. At that point Fearless Trump and the Mooch will unleash on the opposition and who’s fault it is – and has been all along. Trump may even look like a bigger hero afterwards. In the meantime he has gotten the Republicans to begin to start to agree with him – if only a little bit. It’s a start.

    On Sessions:

    I’m feeling hopeful about Sessions’ actions and his effect on Loretta Lynch-mob, Debbie Shit-for-Brains, Pizzagate Podesta and the Clinton Crime Foundation. I do not doubt at this point that it’s going to be a great outcome for the Patriots and a great victory for Trump.