Attorney General Jeff Sessions just got some bad news after announcing that he has decided not to appoint a second special counsel to investigate crimes committed by the Department of Justice and the FBI in the Uranium One scandal and during the 2016 election.
The Gateway Pundit reported that former lawmaker Jason Chaffetz expressed outrage at this decision and called for Sessions to step down.
“Absolutely the wrong call and the audacity to thwart the efforts of Senator Grassley and Senator Graham and others in the Senate,” Chaffetz said. “You have a huge contingent in the House… I have long thought that Attorney General Sessions should go. I think he’s there as Attorney General in name only. He’s not leading the department or agency in the core fundamental problems they have there. Months ago I said he ought to leave and until he leaves they are going to continue to have these problems.”
This came after Sessions sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy saying that asked U.S. Attorney John Huber to lead the evaluation into issues raised by the committees in recent months.
“I write in response to recent letters requesting the appointment of a Special Counsel to review certain prosecutorial and investigative determinations made by the Department of Justice in 2016 and 2017. I take the concerns you raise seriously,” Sessions wrote, adding that it’s crucial that the American people and Congress had “confidence” in the Justice Department.
“While we continue to believe the appointment of a second Special Counsel is necessary, this is a step in the right direction. We expect that U.S. Attorney Huber, given his reputation, will conduct an independent and thorough investigation. Such an investigation is critical to restoring the reputation of both the Bureau and DOJ in the eyes of the American people,” Goodlatte and Gowdy responded in a statement.
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