30 March, 2018
In a letter to lawmakers on Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions informed members of Congress that John Huber, a federal prosecutor in Utah, has been investigating accusations that the FBI abused its power.
The Department of Justice inspector general has announced it will investigate the FBI over the use of a FISA court order to spy on a Trump campaign adviser, after the House Republican memo claimed the process was abused.
Sessions stopped short of appointing a special counsel to probe the claims, saying he would wait first for Huber's findings.
Sessions referred the Republican complaints to the inspector general's office, a move that enraged Trump, who denounced it as "disgraceful" and said Sessions should have ordered his own investigation. And the attorney general said he will rely on the prosecutor's review to determine whether or not a special counsel should be appointed.
In a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, Sessions wrote that the standard for bringing on a special counsel had not been met.
Their requests come as President Trump and his allies have engaged in an anti-FBI campaign in apparent effort to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into his campaign's Russian Federation ties. We expect that U.S. Attorney Huber, given his reputation, will conduct an independent and thorough investigation.More news: China launches crude oil futures
Attorney General Jeff Sessions at Port of Miami Terminal E, on August 16, 2017.
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Lawmakers reiterated their calls for a second special counsel even after Horowitz's announcement, noting that the inspector general's authority is limited in some respects.
An internal Justice Department watchdog is opening a review of the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (headquarters pictured here), over alleged abuse of surveillance authority. "T$3 he public interest requires the appointment of a special counsel".
That individual is not named, but it appears to be a reference to Carter Page, who served as a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign.
"We understand that the Department is not above criticism and it can never be that the Department conceals errors when they occur", Sessions wrote in the letter, which was provided to the Daily News by a Justice Department spokeswoman.