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 ClintonMcAuliffe says he won't run for president in 2020 Chuck Todd slams reports that DOJ briefed Trump on Mueller findings: 'This is actual collusion' Crowdfund campaign to aid historically black churches hit by fires raises over M MORE.

Committee Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteTop Republican releases full transcript of Bruce Ohr interview It’s time for Congress to pass an anti-cruelty statute DOJ opinion will help protect kids from dangers of online gambling MORE (R-Va.) and other Republicans on the committee sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe problem for Trump appointees Juan Williams: The high price of working for Trump Trump learns to love acting officials 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.