Now that the former Democrat presidential candidate is no longer in a place of authority and power as before, many top GOP members are emerging to call for Hillary Clinton’s investigation, and eventually to prosecute her.
House Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), has called on the Justice Department, asking them to appoint a second special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton’s crimes, as well as those who covered for her, according to the Daily Wire.
According to a press release put out on Tuesday, 14 Republicans have asked for a “second special counsel to investigate unaddressed matters that appear to be outside the scope of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.” Among the many signatories, Bob Goodlatte’s name stands out as one of the most significant.
The request was attached to a letter addressed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The document mentions how James Comey, while serving as FBI director during the Clinton e-mail investigation, drafted her exoneration letter before he even interviewed her.
“We write to renew this Committee’s recent call for a second special counsel, to investigate matters which may be outside the scope of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation,” reads the letter. “Such a step is even more critical given the recent revelation that former FBI Director James Comey had prepared a statement ending the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, before interviewing at least 17 key witnesses.”
The document continues, “At least one former career FBI supervisor has characterized this action as ‘so far out of bounds it’s not even in the stadium,’ and ‘clearly communicating to [FBI executive staff] where the investigation was going to go.’”
Nor does it end there, as this jointly-written letter goes on to describe the Obama administration’s refusal to seriously investigate Clinton’s actions. “The nation’s top law enforcement officials…conspired to sweep the Clinton ‘matter’ under the rug…[confirming] that there is, truly, one system for the powerful and politically well-connected, and another for everyone else.”
The full transcription continues, bringing to bear a couple of other important considerations. Among these, how the FBI failed to interview Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson, witnesses who were both close Clinton aides as well as being “in the know” regarding the private email server.
Bob Goodlatte has said in the past that his panel will defer to Mueller, but will still exercise oversight over the special counsel when appropriate and that Mueller would do well to remember to stay apolitical in his investigation – a command that has been violated consistently since his appointment to lead the investigation.
House Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) called on the Justice Department to appoint a second special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton’s crimes. Will they ever do it?
“The American public has a right to know the facts – all of them – surrounding the election and its aftermath,” wrote the group of congressmen. “We urge you to appoint a second special counsel to ensure these troubling, unanswered questions are not relegated to the dustbin of history.”
Nor is Goodlatte the first among his party to notice discrepancies in the supposed “impartial” investigation of Mueller’s. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) echoed similar sentiments in the past, and has just recently called for James Comey, who has a close personal relationship with Mueller, to re-testify before Congress.
Although Jeff Sessions did recuse himself from any investigations regarding President Trump, that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t appoint a second special counsel who would more fairly look into the Clinton affair. At this point, it’s a move worth considering.