President Donald Trump smiles during a meeting with Chilean president Sebastian Pinera, in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
During a lunch meeting with Republican senators on Tuesday, Trump expressed enthusiasm when the discussion turned to the possibility of a second special counsel to investigate the origins of the Russia Collusion case.
A source who was familiar with the exchange told Fox News that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) proposed the idea. Graham also pledged to investigate the FBI’s reasons for applying to the FISA Court for a warrant to spy on former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page as well as the use of the Steele dossier as evidence that Page was a Russian agent. Graham said that due to “the emotional nature of this,” he believed a new appointment was necessary.”
The country is owed an explanation after the unprecedented abuse of power by Obama era officials as they tried to reverse the result of the 2016 presidential election.
Graham spoke to reporters on Monday:
I’d like to find somebody, like a Mr. Mueller, that can look into what happened with the FISA warrants, the counterintelligence investigation. Am I right to be concerned? It seems pretty bad on its face—but there are some people that are never going to accept the Mueller report, but by any reasonable standard, Mueller thoroughly investigated the Trump campaign. You cannot say that about the other side of the story.
I hope Mr. Barr will appoint somebody outside the current system to look into these allegations, somebody we all trust, and let them do what Mueller did.
He said he’d “been calling for the appointment of a second special counsel since 2017 to investigate whether or not a counterintelligence investigation was opened as a back door to spy on the Trump campaign. Was it a ruse to get into the Trump campaign? I don’t know, but I’m going to try to find out.”
Following the release of Attorney General William Barr’s four-page summary of conclusions on Sunday, Trump told reporters, “This was an illegal takedown that failed. And, hopefully, somebody’s going to be looking at the other side. So, it’s complete exoneration. No collusion, no obstruction.”
That it was. And now it’s time for Republicans to do a little investigating of their own.
It’s not clear what Barr’s feelings are regarding the appointment of a special counsel.
In March 2018, after calls from Trump supporters for a second special counsel grew louder, the deeply conflicted then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointed John Huber, the U.S. Attorney for Utah, to investigate whether the Justice Department and the FBI abused their power by spying on Carter Page. He was also tasked with looking into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State, issues surrounding the Clinton Foundation and “allegations of Hillary Clinton’s ties to the sale of U.S. uranium rights to Uranium One, whose parent company is Rosatom, a Russian nuclear energy company.”
But, one year later, Mr. Huber seems to have disappeared into thin air.
I would like to see both a Senate probe and a special counsel. Somehow, the thought of DOJ investigators investigating the DOJ doesn’t appeal.