Gauntlet Thrown: House Judiciary Demands Special Counsel To Investigate Comey, Lynch, And Clinton

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Roughly a month ago, we noted that Republicans might be well served to stop sitting around twiddling their thumbs waiting for the next Russia 'bombshell' to drop and actually go on the offensive against an 'investigation' that has obviously morphed into mass hysteria courtesy of free-flowing leaks from a conflicted "intelligence community" intent upon bringing down a presidency rather than finding out the truth.  Here's what we said:

Of course, until someone within the Trump administration or Republican Party smartens up and calls for the appointment of a 'Special Counsel' to look into Hillary's email scandal, something that should have been done long ago, and not for retaliatory reasons but simply due to Comey's and AG Lynch's blatant mishandling of the investigation (a point which Deputy AG Rosenstein obviously agreed with), the Democrats have no reason to calm their mass hysteria.  Then, and only then, do we suspect that Hillary might just be able to 'convince' her party to exercise some form of reasonable judgement.

Well, it seems that some folks on the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), seem to agree.  As such, 20 Republican Representatives have sent a letter to Attorney General Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein demanding the appointment of a Second Special Counsel to look into a laundry list of potential scandals surrounding Hillary Clinton, James Comey, Loretta Lynch and many others from the Obama administration.

We are writing to you to request assistance in restoring public confidence in our nation’s justice system and its investigators, specifically the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). 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 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. For this reason, we call on you to appoint a second special counsel to investigate a plethora of matters connected to the 2016 election and its aftermath, including actions taken by previously public figures like Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

 

Many Democrats and members of the Washington media previously called for a “special prosecutor” to investigate Russian influence on the election and connections with the Trump campaign. Not surprisingly, once you actually made the decision to appoint a special counsel, the calls for further investigations by congressional committees continued, focused on allegations that have heretofore produced no evidence of criminality, despite the fact that over a year has passed since the opening of the original FBI investigation. Political gamesmanship continues to saturate anything and everything associated with reactions to President Trump’s executive decisions, and reveals the hypocrisy of those who refuse to allow the Special Counsel’s investigation to proceed without undue political influence. It is an unfortunate state of affairs.

Among other things, the letter specifically highlights the inappropriate handling of the Clinton investigation by James Comey and efforts on the part of Loretta Lynch to obstruct justice in order to assist a political ally.

Your stated rationale for recommending Director Comey’s termination as FBI Director was his mishandling of former Secretary Clinton’s email investigation and associated public disclosures concerning the investigation’s findings. We believe this was the correct decision. It is clear that Director Comey contributed to the politicization of the FBI’s investigations by issuing his public statement, nominating himself as judge and jury, rather than permitting career DOJ prosecutors to make the final decision. But many other questions remain unanswered, due to Mr. Comey’s premature and inappropriate decision, as well as the Obama Justice Department’s refusal to respond to legitimate Congressional oversight. Last week, the Republican Members of this Committee sent a letter to the Justice Department, asking for responses to those unanswered inquiries. These questions cannot, for history’s sake and for the preservation of an impartial system of justice, be allowed to die on the vine.

 

As we referenced above, Democrats and the mainstream media called for a special counsel to be appointed to investigate any Russian influence on President Trump’s campaign. Their pleas were answered, but there are many questions that may be outside the scope of Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation. This was clear following Mr. Comey’s recent testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8, 2017, which ignited renewed scrutiny of former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and the actions she took to mislead the public concerning the investigation into the Clinton email investigation. Last year, this Committee inquired repeatedly about the circumstances surrounding that and other matters, but our inquiries were largely ignored.

 

During his testimony, Mr. Comey referenced a meeting on the Phoenix airport tarmac between Ms. Lynch and former President Bill Clinton. Mr. Comey raised concerns about Ms. Lynch’s conduct, and questioned her independence, stating:

 

At one point, the attorney general had directed me not to call it an investigation, but instead to call it a matter, which confused me and concerned me. 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.

And here is the full list of things the "Second Special Counsel" would be instructed to investigate:

1.  Then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch directing Mr. Comey to mislead the American people on the nature of the Clinton investigation;

 

2.  The shadow cast over our system of justice concerning Secretary Clinton and her involvement in mishandling classified information;

 

3.  FBI and DOJ’s investigative decisions related to former Secretary Clinton’s email investigation, including the propriety and consequence of immunity deals given to potential Clinton co-conspirators Cheryl Mills, Heather Samuelson, John Bentel and possibly others;

 

4.  The apparent failure of DOJ to empanel a grand jury to investigate allegations of mishandling of classified information by Hillary Clinton and her associates;

 

5.  The Department of State and its employees’ involvement in determining which communications of Secretary Clinton’s and her associates to turn over for public scrutiny;

 

6.  WikiLeaks disclosures concerning the Clinton Foundation and its potentially unlawful international dealings;

 

7.  Connections between the Clinton campaign, or the Clinton Foundation, and foreign entities, including those from Russia and Ukraine;

 

8.  Mr. Comey’s knowledge of the purchase of Uranium One by the company Rosatom, whether the approval of the sale was connected to any donations made to the Clinton Foundation, and what role Secretary Clinton played in the approval of that sale that had national security ramifications;

 

9.  Disclosures arising from unlawful access to the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) computer systems, including inappropriate collusion between the DNC and the Clinton campaign to undermine Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign;

 

10.  Post-election accusations by the President that he was wiretapped by the previous Administration, and whether Mr. Comey and Ms. Lynch had any knowledge of efforts made by any federal agency to unlawfully monitor communications of then-candidate Trump or his associates;

 

11.  Selected leaks of classified information related to the unmasking of U.S. person identities incidentally collected upon by the intelligence community, including an assessment of whether anyone in the Obama Administration, including Mr. Comey, Ms. Lynch, Ms. Susan Rice, Ms. Samantha Power, or others, had any knowledge about the “unmasking” of individuals on then candidate-Trump’s campaign team, transition team, or both;

 

12.  Admitted leaks by Mr. Comey to Columbia University law professor, Daniel Richman, regarding conversations between Mr. Comey and President Trump, how the leaked information was purposefully released to lead to the appointment of a special counsel, and whether any classified information was included in the now infamous “Comey memos”;

 

13.  Mr. Comey’s and the FBI’s apparent reliance on “Fusion GPS” in its investigation of the Trump campaign, including the company’s creation of a “dossier” of information about Mr. Trump, that dossier’s commission and dissemination in the months before and after the 2016 election, whether the FBI paid anyone connected to the dossier, and the intelligence sources of Fusion GPS or any person or company working for Fusion GPS and its affiliates; and

 

14.  Any and all potential leaks originated by Mr. Comey and provide to author Michael Schmidt dating back to 1993.

Seems the gauntlet has officially been thrown down...what say you Mr. Sessions?

 

The full letter can be reviewed here:

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Unreliable Narrator's picture

The best part is they already have the special counsel to investigate those things.  They just don't realize it yet.

FrozenGoodz's picture

Super cool

 

President can't forget about the election Trump will be happy ... who controls the house again?

38BWD22's picture

 

 

Check out the right-hand column there on the first page (SCRIBD document), wow, I bet THEY did not sign that letter, LOL!

jcaz's picture

Mmmmm, tasty......

Guess Hill better speed up work on the book- or call it her initial deposition......

macholatte's picture

 

Popcorn time.
Let’s see how they get this fucked up.
Maybe they will hire that Preet guy from NY AG office & more Hitlary donors to be “unbiased” while they run up fees at the rate of thousands of dollars per hour to come to a conclusion in 2020 that there was never anything going on and that Comey did the right thing and Lynch is so clean she squeaks, etc, etc.
Can you “white wash” an investigation into a black person?

 

Miner's picture

I'll bet you one shiny nickel that this investigation yields zilch, zero, nothing.  The Clintons have been investigated more times than I have fingers and toes, and still come away clean every time. 

Why are we wasting money doing it again? 

 

(No, I'm not "with Her".  I'm a realist.)

centerline's picture

Eventually something will break.  I say chip away.  Plus, at least there is entertainment value here.  Regarding money... fuck it... lol.  DC is burning cash like mad anyhow.  Might as well go for broke (literally).

MagicHandPuppet's picture

Anyone sincerely opposing a real investigation (with complete authority to pursue criminal charges against suspects) into these corrupt bureaucrats is either an idiot or is totally corrupt themselves.

 

We can only hope (not expect) that something substantial actually comes from this.

bigkahuna's picture

Trojan Horse sessions just needs to do his fucking job - no independant counsel.

Keyser's picture

And here I thought Sessions was one of the good guys... It's time for him to shit or get off the pot, either call for special counsels or GTFO... 

WarPony's picture

Hillary's massive meltdow: "If that fucking bastard wins, we all hang from nooses."

... can't fucking wait!

Raymond K Hessel's picture

In NYC, elevator companies have the best slogans.

I came up with a slogan perfect for plumbers "We plug more leaks than Arkancide!"

What do you think?

armada's picture

Gauntlet Thrown: House Judiciary Demands Special Counsel To Investigate Jewish Neocons, AIPAC, IsraHell, And Their Involvement In 9/11 http://goo.gl/l6d22d

One can dream, no.

NewHugh's picture

Take a look at FrozenGoodz posting hours:

http://www.zerohedge.com/search/user_comments?username=frozengoodz

Def has the look of a paid troll working 7-8 hours a day to post pointless drivel, or else a major cuck loser who has nothing useful to do with his life...

Bunghole's picture

Someone's gonna get Arkancided if this continues

GeezerGeek's picture

That may have been the only thing she ever said that I hoped would prove prophetic.

besnook's picture

hrc and bill will have to blow up the capitol to arkancide them all this time.

king leon's picture

And the Clinton death count rises.

Walking Turtle's picture

Have drop-chart.  Will travel.  Just let Herself be Lawfully convicted and sentenced.  Then kindly DO send Yours Truly the requisite Solicitation of Contract Service on DoJ/BoP letterhead.

Fee:  Same as Albert Pierrepoint's, merely adjusted for inflation and calculated on that basis at the current exchange rate.

She'll be bound, quick-marched, hooded, noosed and dropped in less time than it takes to tell of it.  She'll be OUT of Herself's body and coming-to in the Next World well within five minutes of the trap's opening.  And there shall be NO BLOOD SPILLED. 

Promise:  She shall suffer FAR less than ANY of the Rest of Us have at Herself's (let alone Sick Willie's) hands.  Should Herself be over-anxious at the prospect of the experience, let the prison doctor provide Herself with a benzo at the time of Herself's last meal. 

Ref:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1l8hM52KLuU - a masterful production by Masterpiece Theatre - demonstrates both the correct technique and the humane philosophy behind it with compasion, skill and dignity throughout.  Highly recommended as an introduction to the Hangman's Craft! (Do you know of this viddy already?  If so, GOOD on thee!)

So would you, my friend, possibly care to take the Able Assistant's position...?  Need exactly one conpetent and strong-hearted one of those to Do It Right.  And that is all.  0{:-)o[

nmewn's picture

Yep, that's why Trump has been bangin on him.

There's all KINDS of investigatory avenues open to him besides anything to do with Russia. These are ACTUAL FELONY CRIMES that need prosecution.

FIAT CON's picture

It is quite apparent that Sessions will not do his job....Rplace him! sooner the better.

bigkahuna's picture

trojan horse sessions is going to get ramrodded one way or the other - he might get the crap out of his eyes and at least force them to take him down while he is doing the right thing.

In fact, his only slim chance for survival now hinges on him putting the smack down on all of the pedomurderers on both sides - lest he be swept aside as another typical slime ball in the halls of history. He stepped up to the plate and thus far has run off squealing like a stuck pig. I am sure that they are going to treat him like a stuck pig when he gets back to Alabama and throw his ass in the hog pit.

espirit's picture

Let's skip the joust and go straight to the axe fight.

We demand blood!

Bastiat's picture

These people aren't bureaucrats, they're gangsters.

 

 

StarGate's picture

July 27 a turning point?

1) House Judiciary letter to AG Sessions for Special Counsel on Hillary, Comey, Lynch, Clinton Fdtn, DNC Wasserman, Fusion GPS and MUELLER. Items #11 and #12 asks that the links be investigated between Comey's leaky memo to NYT and to his friend Mueller becoming the Special Counsel. So Mueller is to be investigated. See item #9 about DNC under Wasserman plotting against Sanders. Reputedly the Aman bros had access to DNC computers. So an investigation of DNC could reveal the Wasserman/ Aman capers.

2) House Intel letter to DNI Coats about 100's of Obama' unmasking/ spy events. This House Letter links to items #10, #11 and #13 of the Judiciary House Letter.

3) Aman brother Intel spy in Wasserman employ against Congress is arrested at Dulles airport.

4) DHS Genl Kelly placed in White House as Chief of Staff (end of leaks)

5) McCain outs himself as working against Republican party in Obamacare bill

Starwise: For July 27 -
The House Letters (Mercury) sit on top of Mueller in legal matters (Jupiter) and DJT's rising sign (personality). Mueller's vulnerability (asteroid Achilles) connects with asteroid Pandora (negative consequences due to meddling) of the House letter investigations. Mueller's Venus (finances) are imperiled by the House Letters by being opposed by the Letters' (asteroid Damocles). The House Letters threaten (Damocles) to reveal something hidden (12th) about Mueller's finances (Venus).

The Neptune (leaks) and asteroid Hildalgo (speaking out) of the House Letters [see items #6, #11, #12, & #14] connects with Mueller' Moon (emotions) and Comey's asteroid Astrea (disaster becuz you can't let go). Would interpret that Comey's desire for revenge (can't let go) becuz he was fired got his friend's emotions (Mueller involved) through Comey's leaky memo which he revealed while "speaking out" at the Congressional hearing. Leads to disaster for Comey if House Letters investigation occurs.

The 911 WTC wound (asteroid Psyche) is linked to the outcome (asteroid Atropos) of the House Letters matters. The WTC moon (collective unconscious) connects with the aesteroids Sphinx (mystery) and Chaos of the House Letters as well as the Venus (finances) of the letters. It would seem if these investigations occur, they might reveal something mysterious about Finance and the WTC events.

The House Letters asteroid Nemesis (pursuit of justice) joins asteroid Diana (huntress) in opposing asteroid Icarus (escape). Something or someone who has escaped justice will be hunted down if the House Letters open investigations.

. . . _ _ _ . . .'s picture

Every free-thinking world leader with even an ounce of morality and respect for the truth and for the people of the USA SHOULD approve... including Putin.

BarkingCat's picture

I doubt that 

Putin cares, beyond the entertainment value.

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

I told you this was going to get fun!

Frank Underwood's picture

If this really goes down it could be epic! Way to good to be true. Burn it down!

Raging Debate's picture

Good new indeed Ghost. Love the avatar! 

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

The avatar is the only proof to the world that GetZeeGold still lives...

11b40's picture

Exactly right, and the catalyst will be the Awan brothers scandal.  It points to high crimes, and even treason, among a lot of the political establisment.  Either criminals, or teminally stupid.

Check out George Webb's wrap-up from yesterday.  Sizzling hot, and boiling so fast it can't be contained much longer.  When it blows, the explosion take out a an amazing assortment of elected officials, aides, corporate America, foreign nationals, and much more.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P23L-zY8CeY

 

centerline's picture

I'm not holding my breath - but it sure does feel like shit is hitting the fan.  The whole Russia narrative now has the MSM and Clinton operatives (and useful idiots) cornered.  All they can do is double down and double down again.  The are desperately trying to keep the spotlight away from themselves.  But, in doing so are only drawing more and more attention to the shadows.  That is, in order to keep a tired narrative alive, they have to go full retard. 

Akzed's picture

Jake Tapper's wife's favoraite restaurant (tied for first anyhow) is Comet Ping Pong Pizza.

https://www.washingtonian.com/2015/02/06/jennifer-tapper/

11b40's picture

George Web has a new video posted this PM recapping more of the Awan Brothers saga and showing how their tentacles spread to affect Congress, Corporate America, containerized shipping/smuggling of secrets, stolen goods and contraban using Diplomatic seals, and more.  All the FBI needs to do is follow the trails he has laid out for them, but somehow, they son't seem to be very interested.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yk4asQ_ztjg

This is a must see if you want to learn about how deep this thing goes.

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

What's quite odd is how the media here in Blighty is spinning the Russia/take the piss out of Trump line like their lives depended on it. Why?

weburke's picture

the highly murderous clinton and bush crime families have made justice a fraud.

 

Vatican_cameo's picture

 

If nothing else, we've learned that "Special Investigation" doesn't mean shit.  If it ever gets far enough for an inquiry, and they find these Clowns guilty of everything they are accused of, not ONE SINGLE PERSON will feel a set of handcuffs.  There is no Consequence for your actions in this Government, regardless of the crime.  Another Dog & Pony show, nothing else.  When they erect a gibbet on the White House Lawn, maybe my faith will be restored.

Got The Wrong No's picture

This Special Counsel is to insure that Mueller's Special Counsel finds nothing and visa versa. Stale Mate.  

espirit's picture

When I found myself with a "Stale Mate' I divorced her.

Something to consider for .gov.

swmnguy's picture

#6 on the list is the one I'm interested in.  These "charitable foundations" are among the biggest fraudulent tax dodges available to the Elites.

The other items fall into the category of "Scandalous, But Perfectly Lawful."  Which opens the door to the larger problem underlying all of this.  So many acts that are, right on the face of them, dishonest, underhanded and unethical, are perfectly lawful under the rules and precedents the Elites have set up for themselves.

To fix the rigged system so the law applies equally to all of us, including those of us not among the Elites, we're going to have to undo the framework that allows all this (what used to be called) corruption.  But that knife cuts both ways, so it won't happen.  That's why this list is full of political footballs and won't go anywhere.  They're ALLOWED to do all that shit.

And the Foundations aren't going to be investigated or cleaned up either.  All of them are doing it.  They'd have to take themselves down, and they're not going to do that.

I've been wondering why none of President Trump's rivals in the GOP primary process, nor the Clinton campaign in the General Election, ever said anything about Trump's having Joey Cinque at his 2017 New Year's Party at Mar-a-Lago, or wondered how one is a player in high-end real estate in Manhattan and New Jersey, including casino ventures, without coming into contact with dirty money from Russia or The Mob.  Russian mob money drove the NASDAQ bubble in the late '90s, for crying out loud, and pretty much the whole revitalization of New York that Giuliani took credit for.

Why wouldn't that be considered political fair game?  Well, if I had to guess (and I do, because nobody else is talking about it), I'd suppose that everyone in the Elite also benefitted handsomely from money-laundering on a mind-boggling scale.

Same for every item on this list.  It's not that I accept such behavior; it's that nobody is going to push hard on any of it because they're all in it up to their eyebrows.

espirit's picture

Non-Profit tax exempt.

eatthebanksters's picture

If Sessions does not do this then Trump SHOULD fire him over the recess, appoint Giuliani or Cruz as new AG and damn the uproar.  All this Scaramucci shit and Russia shit will be forgotten when Loretta Lynch, Hillary, Cheryl Mills, Terry MCauliffe, Donna Brazile, DWS, and Jim the douchebag Comey are perp walked.

swmnguy's picture

Yep.  But paying bills for travel, residences, expenses most of us are required to consider personal, etc.  I myself have worked on fundraisers for a couple of these Foundations, and been paid through a variety of dubious channels.  Sometimes the checks come from the Foundation.  Sometimes from the closely-affiliated for-profit corporate entity.  Sometimes from sketchy ad-hoc organizations set up just before the event and closed out just after the event.  And if the Elite individual or for-profit enterprise uses their own assets, that's considered a donation to the Foundation.  So if you have a reception at your 30-room house, you can write off your house expenses to the extent you have a ballsy accountant and aggressive attorneys on retainer.

You know, For The Children.