Jeff Sessions names prosecutor to probe Federal Bureau of Investigation misconduct, denies appointing special counsel

BREAKING DOJ Inspector General Will Investigate Obama Administration FISA Abuse

Republicans have pushed Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to name a second special counsel in recent months.

Sessions said Thursday that Utah's top federal prosecutor, John Huber, has been reviewing the allegations of Republican lawmakers that the FBI used a bogus anti-Trump dossier to obtain the spy warrant and ignored evidence of pay-to-play in Hillary Clinton's approval of the sale of US uranium interests to a Russian state-owned company.

Sessions also said he will rely on Huber's review to determine if a special counsel is needed down the line.

"We understand that the Department is not above criticism and it can never be that the Department conceals errors when they occur", he wrote in a letter to leading lawmakers.

In a letter to three congressional committee chairmen, Mr. Sessions said an existing Justice Department inquiry into issues raised earlier by the lawmakers included an examination of the surveillance matter, obviating the need for a special counsel.

Huber's review covers a wide range of issues that Republicans have complained about since past year, from how the FBI handled investigations related to Hillary Clinton, to claims that the FBI made missteps when it sought a warrant to conduct surveillance on a former adviser to Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign.

Top Republican leaders on Capitol Hill have said a probe by the inspector general alone wouldn't go far enough, but Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley did advocate for the selection of an independent u.s. attorney in the event a special counsel wasn't appointed.

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Democrats dismissed the Republican allegations as nothing more than an attempt to protect President Trump and undermine special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Huber was unanimously confirmed twice by the Senate in 2015 and 2017 to be the US Attorney for the District of Utah.

There have been a number of calls for a second special counsel looking into potential DOJ/FBI abuses, and Sessions makes clear he wants to receive Huber's recommendation.

"Jeff Sessions' photo on the cover of TIME is creepy as hell", Sarah Lerner said on Twitter.

Some Republicans on Capitol Hill have been calling for a special counsel, arguing the Justice Department can not investigate its own employees without bias. It was an unusual appearance for a U.S. attorney, and a former DOJ official told NPR at the time that it undermined the notion of the Justice Department's independence from the White House.

In February, Sessions announced that the Justice Department would investigate alleged violations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) after Republicans claimed that the Obama administration misused the law to spy on then-candidate Donald Trump's campaign team.

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