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DOJ Launches PROBE into FISA Warrant 'ABUSE' Against Trump Campaign

DOJ Launches PROBE into FISA Warrant 'ABUSE' Against Trump Campaign

Attorney General Jeff Sessions tamped down on Republican calls for a second special counsel on Thursday, announcing in a letter to several top GOP committee chairs that a special counsel to investigate possible FBI misconduct is not yet justified.

Sessions told congressional committees in a letter Thursday that a senior federal prosecutor, Utah's USA attorney John W. Huber, is continuing to evaluate "certain issues", including whether such an appointment is necessary.

Allegations of surveillance abuse have outraged Republicans.

GOP lawmakers asked for a second special counsel to investigate how the FBI obtained a warrant on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page and to look into aspects of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

According to the letter, he is working on this investigation from outside Washington, but is coordinating closely with Justice Department Inspector General, Michael E. Horowitz and gives frequent updates to Sessions.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions declined to appoint a special counsel to probe anti-Trump bias in the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In response to questions about whether Sessions' involvement in requesting the OIG review violated the scope of his recusal, a DOJ spokesperson said, "The AG is not recused from personnel and misconduct issues related to the management of the department".

"I receive regular updates from Mr. Huber and upon the conclusion of his review, will receive his recommendations as to whether any matters not now under investigation should be opened, whether any matters now under investigation require further resources, or whether any matters merit the appointment of a special counsel".

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, along with Republican Sens. Former President Obama appointed him in 2015, and Trump re-nominated him in 2017.

Democrats say the allegations are an effort to distract from and undermine the separate work of special counsel Robert Mueller as his team's Russian Federation investigation intensifies. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia and Rep. Trey Gowdy of SC, the Republican committee chairmen who are leading the House investigation.

"Additionally, the (inspector general) will review the DOJ's and FBI's relationship and communications with the alleged source as they relate to the (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court) applications", the inspector general stated.

Sessions referred the Republican complaints to the inspector general's office, a move that enraged Trump, who denounced it as "disgraceful" and said Sessions should have ordered his own investigation.

"Mr. Huber is conducting his work from outside the Washington, D.C., area and in cooperation with the Inspector General", Sessions wrote. Trump, who has criticized his attorney general over Twitter several times, will presumably also take issue with Sessions' decision.

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