If Hillary Clinton thought losing the election meant President Trump would not have her past crimes investigated, she appears to have been mistaken. In recent weeks, President Trump has been publicly lobbying Attorney General Jeff Sessions to look into her actions during last year’s presidential campaign. Now, a number of House Republicans are joining him.
Nearly two dozen GOP House members have formally sent a letter asking Sessions to appoint a second general counsel to investigate the possible collusion of Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration against Donald Trump last year.
“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-FL) told “Fox & Friends.”
Among the points made in the letter justifying a new special counsel are these unanswered questions:
- 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”
This is not merely political payback against the previous administration. Just this week, it was revealed that hundreds of unmasking requests had been made by Obama officials from U.S. intelligence reports. It is believed that these requests were focused on finding “dirt” on Trump supporters who popped up in intelligence reports. The identities of American citizens in U.S. intelligence reports are hidden from those reading the report, unless the reader submits an “unmasking” request.
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.”
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.
“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.”