Sessions Reveals Man Investigating GOP Grievances
But it's not a 2nd special counsel
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 29, 2018 6:10 PM CDT
Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a news conference at UAB Women and Infants Center, Friday, March 23, 2018, in Birmingham, Ala.   (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

(Newser) – Jeff Sessions will not be appointing—at the moment—a second special counsel to investigate Republican allegations against the FBI and Justice Department, CNN reports. He did, however, announce Thursday that US Attorney John Huber is investigating those claims, which focus on the FBI allegedly abusing its power when it conducted surveillance on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, as well as Hillary Clinton's connection to a Russian nuclear energy agency. "We understand that the department is not above criticism and it can never be that the department conceals errors where they occur," the Los Angeles Times quotes Sessions as writing in a letter to three Republican lawmakers. He says he will use Huber's review to determine if a special counsel is needed.

That's unlikely to satisfy Republicans. Over a dozen GOP lawmakers have called for a second special counsel to investigate the above matters, as well as Clinton's use of a private email server and the decision to launch a criminal inquiry into Russian election interference, USA Today reports. Republicans are also likely to be upset with what amounts to the Justice Department investigating itself. On the other side of the aisle, Democrats are accusing Sessions of trying to pacify President Trump while distracting from the allegations against his associates and the ongoing Mueller investigation.

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