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Judiciary Committee Republicans call for second special counsel to investigate Obama administration

Former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch used an alias email to write about the tarmac meeting with former President Bill Clinton. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Several Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Thursday, asking for a second special counsel to investigate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email scandal.

"While we presume that the FBI's investigation into Russian influence has been subsumed into special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, we are not confident that other matters related to the 2016 election and aftermath are similarly under investigation by special counsel Mueller," the letter from Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and other committee Republicans said. "The unbalanced, uncertain, and seemingly unlimited focus of the special counsel's investigation has led many of our constituents to see a dual standard of justice that benefits only the powerful and politically well-connected."

Specifically, the letter signers want the special counsel to look into "actions taken by previous public figures like Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton."

According to the GOP congressmen, Comey's recent Senate Judiciary Committee testimony suggested that Lynch "may have used her position of authority to undermine the Clinton investigation."

During Comey's testimony, he questioned Lynch's ability to be independent and impartial. He mentioned Lynch's previous instructions for him to refer to the Clinton investigation as a "matter," not an "investigation."

"That was one of the bricks in the load that led me to conclude, 'I have to step away from the department if we're to close this case credibly,'" Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The lawmakers came up with 14 points of concern. Among them are the DOJ's failure to enlist a grand jury to investigate Clinton's mishandling of classified information; the State Department's employees determining which communications of Secretary Clinton's and her associates to turn over for public scrutiny; and Comey's and the FBI's reported use of a "Fusion GPS" to create a dossier of information about then-candidate Donald Trump and his campaign.

The letter was sent to Sessions and Rosenstein after the committee on Wednesday approved an amendment to officially launch a probe into Comey's leaked conversations with President Donald Trump.

The amendment passed 16-13 on bipartisan lines, Breitbart reported.

According to a number of congressmen, they are pushing this issue so their constituents have solid answers.

“In my district, my constituents say, ‘Hey, what’s going on with investigation of the crimes of the previous administration?’” Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), one of the letter's authors, told the Washington Post.

Democrats, on the other hand, believe Republicans are attempting to resurrect old issues that already have been answered.

“There appears to be deliberate stonewalling to stop any inquiry into the questions facing us today,” Rep. Primala Jayapal (D-Wash.) said. “You want to have another beating of the dead horse of Hillary Clinton and her emails? Fine, I’ll include it. But let’s have another opportunity to debate.”

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