The House Judiciary Committee demanded on Thursday that the U.S. attorney general appoint a second special counsel to investigate the activities of Hillary Clinton, Loretta Lynch, and James Comey during the 2016 election.
The request is detailed in a July 27 letter signed by 20 members of the committee and addressed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
The new counsel should investigate a number of unanswered questions about Clinton’s work as secretary of state, including “potentially unlawful international dealings” by the Clinton Foundation and connections between the foundation, the Clinton election campaign, and foreign entities like Ukraine and Russia, the 7-page letter states.
The committee demands an investigation into Clinton’s authorization for the sale of Uranium One to a Russian state-owned company while millions of dollars flowed to the Clinton Foundation from Russian donors.
Clinton’s mishandling of classified information and her collusion with the Democratic National Committee to undermine Bernie Sanders should also be investigated, the letter demands.
The committee also points out that the work of Special Counsel Robert Mueller appears highly politicized. Mueller’s sole focus is on investigating allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia—of which no evidence has been produced after months of investigation—while glaring red flags have so far been ignored surrounding the activities of Clinton, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and former FBI director James Comey.
“The unbalanced, uncertain, and seemingly unlimited focus of the special counsel’s investigation has led many of our constituents to see a double standard of justice that benefits only the powerful and the politically well-connected,” the letter states.
Lynch last year instructed Comey, her subordinate, to call the investigation into Clinton’s emails “a matter,” which Comey testified “concerned and confused” him. Comey later dropped the investigation entirely, saying that no reasonable prosecutor would take up the case.
“Notwithstanding the fact that the FBI is the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and not the Federal Bureau of Matters,” the letter states, “one is hard pressed to understand why Ms. Lynch directed then-Director Comey to call the investigation a ‘matter’ unless she intended to use such deceptive language to help wrongly persuade the American people that former Secretary Clinton was not, in fact, the subject of a full-scale FBI investigation, or to otherwise undermine the integrity of the investigation.”
The committee’s request comes on the heels of recent hints from President Donald Trump to the attorney general that Clinton and intelligence leakers should be investigated.
“Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!” President Trump wrote in a Twitter message of July 25.
Sessions has since announced that an update is forthcoming regarding an investigations into the leaks.
Late on Thursday, a report surfaced that the top FBI lawyer, James Baker, is allegedly under criminal investigation for leaking classified information to the media. Anonymous government sources close to the probe told Axios that Baker is the top suspect in the investigation, but did not disclose which classified information he leaked.