AG Sessions on Investigation of FISA Abuse: “I Have Appointed A Person Outside Of Washington”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Shannon Bream on Fox News that he had appointed someone outside of Washington to investigate the FISA abuse of the Justice Department and FBI under the Obama administration.
Sessions had received exhortation from two congressmen, House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), to appoint a second Special Counsel.
According to Fox News:
“Matters have arisen—both recently and otherwise—which necessitate the appointment of a Special Counsel. We do not make this observation and attendant request lightly,” Gowdy and Goodlatte wrote.
“What changed for me was the knowledge that there are two dozen witnesses that Michael Horowitz, the [DOJ] Inspector General, would not have access to,” Gowdy said. “When I counted up 24 witnesses that he would not be able to access were he to investigate it, yeah only one conclusion, that’s special counsel.”
That list of witnesses included former FBI director James Comey, Gowdy confirmed.
Last week, Sessions announced that Horowitz would investigate allegations of government surveillance abuse in light of memos released on Capitol Hill by the House Intelligence Committee which suggested, at least on the Republican side, that the dossier compiled by ex-U.K. intelligence officer Christopher Steele was used to obtain a FISA warrant to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
“Absolutely, this whole FISA warrant was on Carter Page,” Gowdy told Fox News.
Goodlatte agreed stating that the case on which the warrant was built was “highly suspect.”
The lawmakers wrote, “There is evidence of bias, trending toward animus, among those charged with investigating serious cases.”
They added, “There is evidence political opposition research was used in court filings. There is evidence this political opposition research was neither vetted before it was used nor fully revealed to the relevant tribunal.”
Though a second Special Counsel was not appointed by Sessions, he did say that he had appointed someone outside of DC to investigate the allegations of FISA abuse.
“Well, I have great respect for Mr. Gowdy and Chairman Goodlatte, and we are going to consider seriously their recommendations,” Sessions said Wednesday evening. “I have appointed a person outside of Washington — many years at the Department of Justice — to look at all of the allegations that the House Judiciary Committee members sent to us and we are conducting that investigation.”
He added that he is “well aware that we have a responsibility to ensure the integrity of the FISA process.”
“We are not afraid to look at that,” Sessions continued. “The inspector general, something that our inspector general is not very strong, but he has almost 500 employees, most of which are lawyers and prosecutors, and they are looking at the FISA process…. …We must make sure it is done properly, and we are going to do that, and I will consider the request.”
But what about President Trump? He backs a second Special Counsel. In fact, he thought that using an Inspector General was “disgraceful.”
On February 28, Trump tweeted, “Why is A.G. Jeff Sessions asking the Inspector General to investigate potentially massive FISA abuse. Will take forever, has no prosecutorial power and already late with reports on Comey etc. Isn’t the I.G. an Obama guy? Why not use Justice Department lawyers? DISGRACEFUL!”
Why is A.G. Jeff Sessions asking the Inspector General to investigate potentially massive FISA abuse. Will take forever, has no prosecutorial power and already late with reports on Comey etc. Isn’t the I.G. an Obama guy? Why not use Justice Department lawyers? DISGRACEFUL!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 28, 2018
Why are you asking us, Mr. President? You appointed him. Do you not call him and ask what is going on? Doesn’t he report to you, Sir?
Sessions responded with this statement: “We have initiated the appropriate process that will ensure complaints against this department will be fully and fairly acted upon if necessary. As long as I am the attorney general, I will continue to discharge my duties with integrity and honor, and this department will continue to do its work in a fair and impartial manner according to the law and Constitution.”
Unless, of course, it has to do with marijuana, asset forfeiture, and a host of other crimes against the people and the Constitution, right Mr. Sessions?
The people have a right to know who Sessions appointed for investigating this matter. The alleged crimes being investigated are in the light now, and the investigator should be, as well.
Article posted with permission from Freedom Outpost