Republicans Want 2nd Counsel on Election Probe Focused on Clinton

© REUTERS / Brian SnyderUS Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton walks offstage at a campaign rally in Sanford, Florida, US November 1, 2016.
US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton walks offstage at a campaign rally in Sanford, Florida, US November 1, 2016. - Sputnik International
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US House Judiciary Committee Republicans requested a second special prosecutor who would investigate 2016 election matters related to Hillary Clinton.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Center in New York, Thursday, April 6, 2017 - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US House Judiciary Committee Republicans in a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions requested a second special prosecutor who would investigate 2016 election matters related to former Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

"The members call for the appointment of a second special counsel to investigate grave concerns such as former Attorney General Lynch's directive to former FBI Director Comey to mislead the American people on the nature of investigation into former Secretary Clinton," the letter stated on Thursday.

The panel added that the counsel should address FBI and Justice Department decisions with respect to the Clinton email probe.

Special Counsel Mueller, a former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is currently leading an independent inquiry into Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 US election and any ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.

The Committee members expressed concerns that Mueller would not be able to address all important issues that occurred during the 2016 presidential election campaign and must be examined.

Clinton used a private server for official business during her tenure as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013 contrary to US regulations and established practice.

The Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) closed the Clinton investigation in July 2015 without filing criminal charges, although Comey said at the time the former secretary of state had been extremely careless by using a private email server.

Russia has denied all allegations of meddling in US elections, calling them an absurd attempt to distract from pressing domestic matters such as corruption.

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