WASHINGTON – House Republicans proposed legislation Tuesday to appoint a second special counsel to investigate claims that the FBI and DoJ have abused their authority in the Trump-Russia probe.
“In just the past few days we learned that the DoJ, FBI, or both, appear to have planted at least one person into Donald Trump’s presidential campaign to infiltrate and surveil the campaign,” Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) said at a news conference accompanied by the bill’s 19 co-sponsors. “This action alone reminds of us of just how necessary this resolution is as well as the appointment of a second special counsel.”
“It is the intent of all the co-signers of this resolution to make a request to our leadership to bring this resolution to the House floor to appoint a second special counsel,” House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said. “It is also the position of many in this group that the Attorney General Jeff Sessions should re-look at his decision not to appoint a second special counsel.”
Republicans have said Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III is not an honest broker and that his investigative team includes many Democrats and Hillary Clinton loyalists. Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein last year to investigate potential collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials.
The legislation requires the second special counsel to look into the decision not to charge Hillary Clinton in the Clinton email probe as well as alleged links between the Clinton Foundation and an Obama-era uranium deal with Russia.
The legislation is unlikely to progress as it does not have the support of House GOP leaders.
Pundits have said the mere introduction of the legislation may ignite enthusiasm among Republican primary voters, many of whom believe the Mueller probe is a political ploy to undermine President Trump.