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Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he does not currently appoint a second Special Adviser to investigate allegations of wrongdoing by the FBI and the Department of Justice and to explain to the Republican legislators that he has already asked an experienced prosecutor to deal with this matter. 19659008] Capitol Hill Republicans, including the chairs of the Senate and House of Representatives Justice Committees, have stepped up their push for a second Special Adviser in recent weeks to investigate the misdemeanors of the FBI and the Justice Department in 2016 and 2017. 19659008] In a four-page letter sent to lawmakers on Thursday, Sessions said a special adviser is reserved for exceptional circumstances, arguing that the GOP's claims do not rise to that level. Sessions excludes the possibility of appointing another Special Adviser in the future, but says that he has assigned the US Attorney for Utah, John W. Huber, to review the claims.
"I am confident that Mr. Huber's review will include a full, complete and objective assessment of these matters, consistent with the law and the facts," said the Attorney General in his letter.
Sessions said he regularly receives news from Huber. Once Huber has completed his review, he will make recommendations on new areas of potential investigation and whether new resources are needed and "whether any matters justify the appointment of a special adviser," Sessions said.
Huber, a longtime prosecutor, was twice confirmed by the Senate as US Attorney for Utah – once in 2015, after being nominated by President Obama, and again in 2017 after being nominated by President Trump.
Sessions said that Huber is carrying out his work in collaboration with Justice Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz
Horowitz announced Wednesday that he will initiate a review to Check whether the Department and the FBI violate legal regulations or procedures in their applications. Legal approval of the surveillance orders of former Trump election aide Carter Page […]. 19659008] Republican MPs have also made Allega Democrats say all allegations of the GOP are an attempt to undermine Robert Mueller's investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia (19659008) The republican calls for another Special Adviser date by several powerful members of Congress it, including Sens. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa and John Cornyn, R-Texas, as well as the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Robert Goodlatte, R-Va. And House Chairman of the Supervisory Committee Trey Gowdy, RS.C.
While the Republicans welcomed the Inspector General's inspection, Sen. Lindsey Graham, RS.C., said at least that it does not rule out the need for a special adviser to "ensure the investigation is thorough and complete."
NPR Justice Correspondent Carrie Johnson has contributed to this report.