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

The Republicans had called for Sessions to appoint a second special counsel to look into the FBI's handling of aspects of the investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election and matters related to former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and her family's foundation.

We are encouraged that Attorney General Sessions has designated U.S. Attorney John W. Huber to investigate the actions of the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2016 and 2017.

"To be clear, the inspector general has the authority to investigate allegations of wrongdoing, collect evidence through subpoena, and develop cases for prosecution to the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General for prosecution or other action", Sessions said, adding that the inspector general may issue a public report detailing his findings, unlike a traditional criminal investigation.

"To justify such an appointment, the Attorney General would need to conclude that 'the public interest would be served by removing a large degree of responsibility for the matter from the Department of Justice", Sessions wrote.

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.

On Wednesday, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY, slammed the decision to open a review.

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However, he was reappointed to the post of USA attorney for Utah by President Trump last June, with the backing of that state's senior Republican senator. One of those lawyers, John Dowd, who has since left Trump's legal team, called for Mueller's firing earlier this month. His own involvement in any decision is further complicated by the fact that he is recused from all investigations related to the 2016 presidential campaign.

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

Sessions told the lawmakers the law allows the use of a special counsel "in only the most 'extraordinary circumstances'".

However, Trump said in February that an IG investigation would not be sufficient and a special counsel should be appointed.

Horowitz's investigation comes at the request of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and congressional Republicans.

  • Megan Austin