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Sessions Names Prosecutor Looking Into Potential FBI Abuses, But Says No 2nd Special Counsel Yet

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has responded to Republican committee chairs who have been calling for investigations into potential FBI abuses.

Sessions announces in the letter [PDF] to Sen. Chuck Grassley, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, and Rep. Trey Gowdy that John Huber, a top prosecutor in Utah, has been looking into these issues:

“I am confident that Mr. Huber’s review will include a full, complete, and objective evaluation of these matters in a manner that is consistent with the law and facts. I receive regular updates from Mr. Huber and upon the conclusion of his review, will receive his recommendations as to whether any matters not currently under investigation should be opened, whether any matters currently under investigation require further resources, or whether any matters merit the appointment of a Special Counsel.”

There have been a number of calls for a second special counsel looking into potential DOJ/FBI abuses, and Sessions makes clear he wants to receive Huber’s recommendation.

Yesterday news broke of the DOJ inspector general conducting a review of the matter, saying, “The OIG will initiate a review that will examine the Justice Department’s and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s compliance with legal requirements, and with applicable DOJ and FBI policies and procedures, in applications filed with the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) relating to a certain U.S. person.”

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