Judiciary Committee Republicans want a second special counsel: report

Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee are asking for a second special counsel separate from Robert Mueller to probe aspects of the 2016 election and actions by officials in the Obama administration, including former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP rushes to cut ties to Moore Papadopoulos was in regular contact with Stephen Miller, helped edit Trump speech: report Bannon jokes Clinton got her ‘ass kicked’ in 2016 election MORE.

Committee Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteJuan Williams: The shame of Trump's enablers GOP bill would ban abortions when heartbeat is detected Overnight Regulation: GOP flexes power over consumer agency | Trump lets states expand drone use | Senate panel advances controversial EPA pick | House passes bill to curb 'sue-and-settle' regs MORE (R-Va.) and other Republicans on the committee sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsCurtis wins Chaffetz's former Utah House seat Overnight Cybersecurity: What we learned from Carter Page's House Intel testimony | House to mark up foreign intel reform law | FBI can't access Texas shooter's phone | Sessions to testify at hearing amid Russia scrutiny FBI can’t unlock Texas shooter’s phone MORE and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Thursday requesting the appointment of a second special counsel, according to NBC News reporter Frank Thorp.

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The letter asked that the second special counsel investigates officials including former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former FBI Director James Comey. 

The lawmakers also cite concerns with Mueller's probe, accusing it of being too narrow. 

The letter comes a day after Republicans on the committee voted to request documents related to Comey's communications with the Obama administration and journalists.

The GOP amendment to request documents focuses on questions raised by some Republicans and the Trump administration over Comey's handling of the FBI investigation into Clinton's email use and the former top cop's alleged "leaks" of memos he authored, in which he documented his interactions with Trump.