- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 8, 2018

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is seriously considering appointing a special counsel in regard to alleged abuses of the FISA warrant system at the hands of offcials in the Justice Department and FBI during the Obama Administration. Further, Sessions confirmed he has appointed a person “outside Washington” to look at the allegations.  

Sessions made the blockbuster revelation to Shannon Bream on Fox News late Wednesday evening (full video below.)

Bream asked Sessions to respond to the formal request for a special counsel made by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) on Tuesday: 

I have great respect for Mr. Gowdy and Chairman Goodlatte, and we’re going to consider seriously their recommendations. I have appointed a person outside of Washington, many years in the Department of Justice, to look at all the allegations that the House Judiciary Committee members sent to us and we’re conducting that investigation. I also am well aware that we have a responsibility to ensure the integrity of the FISA process. We are not afraid to look at that. The inspector general — something that our inspector general is not very strong, but he has almost 500 employers — employees, most of which are lawyers and prosecutors, and they are looking at the FISA process. We must make sure it’s done properly, and we are going to do that. And I will consider their request.

Gowdy also appeared on Fox earlier in the evening and stated that although Sessions had recused himself from the ongoing investigation into alleged collusion between the Russian government and the 2016 presidential election, his recusal did not preclude the AG from naming a special counsel in the FISA matter: 

 


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