GOP lawmakers call for Clinton Foundation special prosecutor
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More than 50 House Republicans on Tuesday urged the Justice Department to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate whether Clinton Foundation donors had unusual access to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump asks Biden to give Putin his 'warmest regards' Huma Abedin announces book deal Mystery surrounds Justice's pledge on journalist records MORE while she served as secretary of State.

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), a former United States attorney, spearheaded a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch requesting her department follow up on an Associated Press report that found some of the private interests who secured meetings with Clinton had donated to her family’s foundation.

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“All of this makes it very unclear where the State Department ended and where the Clinton Foundation began,” the lawmakers wrote.

“The facts as they have been reported surrounding the Clinton Foundation warrant an investigation that is beyond reproach and beyond any appearance of political favoritism. Appointing a special counsel is a necessary step at this juncture.”

Donald TrumpDonald TrumpEx-DOJ official Rosenstein says he was not aware of subpoena targeting Democrats: report Ex-Biden adviser says Birx told him she hoped election turned out 'a certain way' Cheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' MORE’s presidential campaign has amped up a call for a special prosecutor in recent days, releasing statements from surrogates like running mate Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceOn The Money: Democrats wary of emerging bipartisan infrastructure deal, warn of time crunch Pence buys .9M home in Indiana Pence to visit Iowa to headline event for congressman MORE, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Rep. Dan Donovan (R-N.Y.).

Tuesday’s letter, however, was released by Ratcliffe’s congressional office and not the Trump campaign.

In addition to calling for a special prosecutor to investigate the Clinton Foundation, congressional Republicans are using a variety of official tools at their disposal to attack the Democratic presidential nominee ahead of the November elections.

The House Judiciary Committee is expected to hold a hearing when Congress returns from its summer recess next month on allegations that Clinton committed perjury while discussing her private email setup before the House Select Committee on Benghazi last year.

FBI Director James Comey announced in July that the Justice Department would not indict Clinton or her aides for mishandling classified information.

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffEx-DOJ official Rosenstein says he was not aware of subpoena targeting Democrats: report Nixon's former White House counsel: Trump DOJ was 'Nixon on stilts and steroids' Trump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says MORE (Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, dismissed the idea of a special prosecutor during an interview with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Tuesday.

"There's no evidence at all of any illegality in terms of Clinton Foundation and the secretary of State's of work," he said.

"The most that has come to surface is that some of the Clinton Foundation supporters also met with the secretary of State, which you would imagine would be the case. So no, that's not at all the kind of foundation you would want for the extraordinary step of a special investigator, prosecutor."

This post has been updated to clarify Ratcliffe's former role as a U.S. Attorney.