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Trump lawyers demand special counsel to investigate the FBI and DOJ
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On Tuesday, President Donald Trump’s legal team demanded a special counsel probe to investigate the FBI and the Department of Justice (DOJ), Axios reports.
Jay Sekulow, a lawyer for Trump, argues that there have been “multiple problems” that merit a second special counsel.
Probing the Probe: Is a Second Special Counsel Coming?
Speaking in an interview with Axios on Tuesday, Sekulow called out the “obvious conflicts of interests” within the DOJ and FBI that cannot be ignored any longer. Axios reports:
The new demand was prompted by a Fox News article last evening by James Rosen and Jake Gibson: “A senior Justice Department official [Bruce Ohr] demoted last week for concealing his meetings with the men behind the anti-Trump ‘dossier’ had even closer ties to Fusion GPS, the firm responsible for the incendiary document, than have been disclosed: … The official’s wife [Nellie Ohr] worked for Fusion GPS during the 2016 election.”
Sekulow told the website, “The Department of Justice and FBI cannot ignore the multiple problems that have been created by these obvious conflicts of interests. New revelations require the appointment of a special counsel to investigate.”
Sekulow confirmed that the administration will cooperate with the Mueller team, despite concerns about its impartiality. He told The Washington Post that “his call for a second special counsel has ‘nothing to do with Bob Mueller.'”
Bombshell Report Creates Controversy in Russia Probe
According to Fox News, associate deputy attorney general Bruce Ohr met with British spy Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson during the 2016 election. It was further revealed that Ohr’s wife, Nellie, was employed by Fusion during the campaign.
Ohr was later demoted from his post.
That isn’t all.
It was revealed on December 2 that Peter Strzok, a veteran FBI investigator, was pulled from Mueller’s team in July when it was discovered that he sent anti-Trump text messages to Lisa Page, an FBI attorney who was also on Mueller’s team – they also had a romantic relationship. Critics wonder why this was kept from the public for four months.
Some of his texts included:
I am riled up. Trump is a [censored] idiot, is unable to provide a coherent answer.
YUUUUGE. Though we may save that for the man, if we ever open on him :).
How was Trump, other than a douche?
Last week, it was discovered that Andrew Weissman, a DOJ prosecutor and Mueller’s “top lieutenant,” lauded former acting Attorney General Sally Yates for striking down the president’s temporary travel ban. It was also revealed that he attended Hillary Clinton’s election night party in 2016.
Fox News reported that Jeannie Rhee, a member of Mueller’s team, represented Clinton and the Clinton Foundation in a 2015 lawsuit and has ties to the Obama administration and the Democratic Party.
The Daily Caller reported that Aaron Zebley, a Mueller attorney, represented Justin Cooper, a Clinton aide who assisted him in creating a private email server.
House Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows may have been right when he told The Hill, “Our confidence in the independence of the [special counsel] investigation has weakened, not strengthened, as details emerge.” A second special counsel may be necessary.
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