Gowdy Rejects Colleague's Call for a Special Counsel on Hillary

Cortney O'Brien
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Posted: Nov 15, 2017 11:00 AM
Gowdy Rejects Colleague's Call for a Special Counsel on Hillary

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) had high hopes that Attorney General Jeff Sessions would appoint a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton and the Uranium One scandal. His colleague Trey Gowdy (R-SC), while he respects his friend, fails to see the need for it.

The "threshold" just hasn't been met.

Jordan said Sessions had a "come to Jesus" moment after reading his op-ed, cowritten by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), on the Uranium One deal and how it was screaming for an investigation - not to mention former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's mishandling of national security intel on her private server. He asks the attorney general to consider a flurry of questions.

Why in 2016 did FBI Director Comey begin drafting an exoneration letter for Secretary Clinton, whom he called “grossly negligent” in an early draft of the letter, before completing the investigation?  Before interviewing several witnesses? And before interviewing Secretary Clinton?

Why in 2016 did James Comey and the Justice Department give Cheryl Mills, Secretary Clinton’s Chief of Staff, an immunity agreement for turning over her laptop computer? Typically, the Department would issue a subpoena or get a warrant and seize it. Why in this case did the FBI agree to destroy the laptop?

Why in 2016—one day before the Benghazi report was released and five days before Secretary Clinton was interviewed by the FBI—did Attorney General Lynch meet with former President Clinton on the tarmac in Phoenix?

If Sessions doesn't believe a special counsel is the obvious next step to address the above scandals, he should resign, Jordan and Gaetz write.

Sessions spent Tuesday before the House Intelligence Committee answering questions about the FBI investigation into Russian interference in last year's presidential election, and whether the Trump campaign had anything to do with it.

The short answer from the attorney general? No.