Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), and the Judiciary Committee Republicans renewed their previous calls for the appointment of a second special counsel to investigate “unaddressed matters that appear to be outside the scope of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.”
By sending this letter, Congressman Goodlatte recognizes the conflict of interest and systemic corruption that has so far paralyzed investigations of high level officials.
Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee previously sent a letter in July to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. This letter requested the appointment of a second special counsel to investigate matters relating to the actions taken by former Obama Administration officials, including Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
This new letter addresses issues regarding allegations that former FBI Director James Comey had prepared a statement ending the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, before interviewing 17 key witnesses, as well as Hillary Clinton herself.
The letter cites one former career FBI supervisor as calling Comey’s actions “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.”
Disobedient Media has previously reported on a letter sent by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to FBI Director Christopher Wray, regarding the conduct and handling of the Clinton and Russia investigations by former FBI Director James Comey.
Goodlate further acknowledges that the committee’s inquiries into the facts surrounding two of Clinton’s closest aides, Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson, have gone ignored. Mills and Samuelson both received immunity for their cooperation in the Clinton investigation, and were permitted to sit in on the interview of Secretary Clinton.
However, the committee’s inquiries, sent last year, have yet to receive a response, and Goolatte notes that with the recent Comey revelations, ignoring the problem will not make it go away.
The letter, citing Congressman John Ratcliffe (R-TX), notes that if there was ever any real possibility that Hillary Clinton might be charged for something she admitted to on July the 2nd, “…why would two of the central witnesses in a potential prosecution against her be allowed to sit in the same room to hear the testimony?”
Furthermore, Congressman Goodlatte points out that Secretary Clinton’s so-called lack of “intent to harm national security” is a red herring, due to the fact that the law merely requires the government to show “gross negligence”.
Goodlatte also points out that former Director Comey violated DOJ policy by declining to record the interviews of former Secretary Clinton, or any of her associates. The policy, implemented by former Attorney General Eric Holder, holds that “statements made by individuals in federal custody, following arrest but prior to their first appearance in court, will be electronically recorded.”
The policy establishes a presumption that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), and the United States Marshals Service (USMS) will electronically record statements made by individuals in their custody. This policy further encourages agents and prosecutors to consider electronic recording in investigative or other circumstances where the presumption does not apply.
This procedure applies to all places of detention where persons are held in connection with federal criminal charges and can be interviewed. Furthermore, any electronic recording equipment used for these purposes must capture the entirety of the interview.
However, as Congressman Goodlatte notes, despite this procedure established by the Obama administration’s Department of Justice, the DOJ and FBI both declined to record their interview with former Secretary Clinton.
In closing, Goodlatte calls for the appointment of a second special counsel, stating that the decisions made by the DOJ and FBI regarding the investigation of Secretary Clinton, only reinforces the sense that, “…Our nation’s top law enforcement officials conspired to sweep the Clinton ‘matter’ under the rug, and that there is, truly, one system for the powerful and politically well-connected, and another for everyone else.”