Jeff Sessions: Senior federal prosecutor already investigating DOJ/FBI abuse, no Special Counsel needed yet
U.S. Attorney John Huber investigation separate from DOJ Inspector General investigation
The breaking news last night was that the DOJ Office of Inspector General announced it was launching an investigation of possible Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court abuse.
The presumption, though not literally in the OIG announcement, was that it concerned the FISA warrant to surveil Carter Page based on the Steele dossier.
I wrote that an OIG investigation was “investigation is fine, we need to have a person empowered to empanel a grand jury and with the full force of criminal investigatory tools. Because if the scandal is as many people suspect, we need to be talking about locking people up, not just issuing a report.”
Tonight it was confirmed what Jeff Sessions had previously intimated, that there already is a criminal investigation of possible DOJ/FBI misconduct.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions revealed Thursday a federal prosecutor was evaluating certain issues involving the FBI, the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One, but said he would not appoint a second special counsel at this point.
In a letter directed to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, Sessions revealed that he asked U.S. Attorney John Huber to lead the evaluation into issues raised by the committees in recent months.
“I write in response to recent letters requesting the appointment of a Special Counsel to review certain prosecutorial and investigative determinations made by the Department of Justice in 2016 and 2017. I take the concerns you raise seriously,” Sessions wrote, noting how important it was that the American people and Congress had “confidence” in the Justice Department….
“Mr. Huber is conducting his work from outside the Washington D.C. area and in cooperation with the Inspector General,” Sessions said, noting that Huber’s review would “include a full, complete, and objective evaluation of these matters in a manner that is consistent with the law and facts.” …
“I receive regular updates from Mr. Huber and upon the conclusion of his review, will receive his recommendations as to whether any matters not currently under investigation should be opened, whether any matters currently under investigation require further resources, or whether any matters merit the appointment of a Special Counsel,” Sessions said.
So we have someone with “lock them up” investigatory powers. That’s good.
But notice something interesting? We haven’t heard anything about the investigation so far. Which means either that nothing has been done, or Huber’s team is not leaking like a sieve, unlike the Mueller investigation.DONATE
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