Republican members of Congress are growing increasingly frustrated with the inaction regarding Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the unchecked corruption rampant on the part of Democrats. Two House Republicans have made a big move spurred by their frustration over this issue.
As The Washington Times reported, Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH), and Matt Gaetz (R-FL), penned a FoxNews.com op-ed in which they gave Attorney General Jeff Sessions an ultimatum: Name a new Special Counsel to investigate James Comey or resign.
The two Representatives explained that increasing questions over former-FBI Director James Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation has now prompted them to take this action. They wrote that it was troubling to learn about Comey’s letter, which exonerated Mrs. Clinton before the investigation had been completed, even prior to the completion of FBI interviews with her.
The op-ed addressed Mr. Sessions directly, opening with: “Mr. Attorney General, it’s time to do your job.” In the following 17 paragraphs, Reps. Jordan and Gaetz launched rapid-fire questions at the Attorney General on various unaddressed issues.
The pair cited the FBI’s incompetence in handling the infamous “Trump dossier,” and mentioned the 2010 Uranium One deal as another pressing issue requiring an investigation. To date, Mr. Sessions has not acted on those issues.
“It’s time for Jeff Sessions to name a Special Counsel and get answers for the American people. If not, he should step down,” the op-ed closed.
Mr. Sessions is expected to appear before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, where he will be questioned by both Republicans and Democrats. Both parties are reportedly displeased with his performance as Attorney General.
Last week, Mr. Sessions was notified that he would be questioned regarding the “inconsistencies” evident in Sessions’ testimonies concerning what he knew about Russian interference with Trump campaign members during his role as a security policy adviser. Mr. Sessions testified that he was unaware of any communications between the Trump campaign and the Russians, but later admitted to meeting with the Russian ambassador.
Democrat Senators have also demanded that Mr. Sessions appear for questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee once again.
Senator Al Franken (D-MN), stated: “It is clear that Attorney General Sessions has an ongoing difficulty remembering his own interactions with Russians. As the record demonstrates Attorney General Sessions has misrepresented the truth about those contacts to members of this body time and time again. The inability of our nation’s top law enforcement official to speak with a clear and consistent voice about what he knows of the Russian operation is disturbing.”
Reps. Jordan and Gaetz also noted that back in July, 20 House Republicans sent a letter to Mr. Sessions requesting a Special Counsel to investigate the very issues once again raised in their recent op-ed. Additionally, five of those members followed up with Mr. Sessions in September about the letter. “The Justice Department’s response? Silence,” Reps. Jordan and Gaetz wrote.
However, reports on Monday evening announced that the Attorney General is, in fact, directing senior federal prosecutors to begin looking into the cases.
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Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd, addressed the House members, writing: “The Attorney General has directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues raised in your letters.” He continued, “The Department has forwarded a copy of your letters to the [Inspector General] so he can determine whether he should expand the scope of his investigation based on the information contained in those letters.”
The scrutiny from the American people and members of Congress may have influenced Jeff Sessions to begin investigations of the matters that are clearly important to Americans. It has not been revealed whether or not a second Special Counsel will be appointed to head these investigations. If that appointment is made, hopefully, it will be one who is unbiased and more objective than Robert Mueller.