13 House Republicans call on Sessions to appoint second special counsel

13 House Republicans call on Sessions to appoint second special counsel
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Thirteen House Republicans are calling on Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump's nastiest break-ups: A look at the president's most fiery feuds Five takeaways from Barr's new powers in 'spying' probe Amash: Some of Trump's actions 'were inherently corrupt' MORE to appoint a second special counsel to investigate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton2020 Democrats target federal ban on abortion funding Hillary Clinton slams Trump for spreading 'sexist trash' about Pelosi Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign MORE

The conservative lawmakers sent a letter to Sessions on Wednesday requesting that he appoint a special counsel to investigate the end of the Clinton email probe, the start of the investigation into Russia's election meddling and alleged surveillance abuses by the FBI.

"We acknowledge with immense gratitude that nearly every single man and woman in the [Department of Justice] and the FBI conduct themselves daily with integrity, independence, patriotism, objectivity, and commitment to the rule of law," the letter reads. "That is why this Special Counsel is of utmost importance to ensure that these historic, legendary, and necessary agencies move forward more respected and effective than before."

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The letter's signers were GOP Reps. Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinBen Carson sends Oreos to Democrat who quizzed him on REOs Ben Carson endures Dem grilling over minority inclusion office GOP lawmaker slams Pelosi over response to Tlaib controversy MORE (N.Y.), Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsFive takeaways from Barr's new powers in 'spying' probe Trump declassification move unnerves Democrats Conservative blocks House passage of disaster relief bill MORE (N.C.), Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanConservative blocks House passage of disaster relief bill Republicans spend more than million at Trump properties GOP lawmakers lay out border security proposals for DHS MORE (Ohio), Claudia Tenney (N.Y.), Francis RooneyLaurence (Francis) Francis RooneyHillicon Valley: Lawmakers seek 'time out' on facial recognition tech | DHS asks cybersecurity staff to volunteer for border help | Judge rules Qualcomm broke antitrust law | Bill calls for 5G national security strategy Oil companies join blitz for carbon tax Bipartisan House bill calls for strategy to protect 5G networks from foreign threats MORE (Fla.), Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzGOP Mueller critic says Flynn contacted him during special counsel probe: report 2020 Dem Seth Moulton calls for expanding cannabis access for veterans Hillicon Valley: Trump takes flak for not joining anti-extremism pact | Phone carriers largely end sharing of location data | Huawei pushes back on ban | Florida lawmakers demand to learn counties hacked by Russians | Feds bust 0M cybercrime group MORE (Fla.), Ted BuddTheodore (Ted) Paul BuddBlockchain could spark renaissance economy GOP's Tillis comes under pressure for taking on Trump The 23 Republicans who voted against the anti-hate resolution MORE (N.C.), Jody HiceJody Brownlow HiceGOP lawmakers lay out border security proposals for DHS DHS official: Florida one of the 'best' states on election security, despite 2016 Russian hack Overnight Energy — Presented by Job Creators Network — House Republican tries to force Green New Deal vote | 'Awkward' hearing to vet Interior nominee and watchdog | House panel approves bill to stop drilling in Arctic refuge MORE (Ga.), Scott PerryScott Gordon PerryGOP lawmakers lay out border security proposals for DHS Amash storm hits Capitol Hill Blockchain could spark renaissance economy MORE (Pa.), Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarGOP lawmakers lay out border security proposals for DHS House Freedom Caucus votes to condemn Amash's impeachment comments Amash storm hits Capitol Hill MORE (Ariz.), Andy HarrisAndrew (Andy) Peter HarrisOvernight Defense — Presented by Huntington Ingalls Industries — Trump nominates Shanahan as Pentagon chief | House panel advances bill to block military funds for border wall | Trump defends Bolton despite differences House panel advances bill to block military construction funds for border wall House committee approves 9.8b health, education bill MORE (Md.), Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertHillicon Valley: Facebook, Google face tough questions on white nationalism | Nielsen's exit raisers cyber worries | McConnell calls net neutrality bill 'dead on arrival' | Facebook changes terms for EU data Republicans offer 'free market alternative' to paid family leave YouTube shuts down comments on House hearing on white nationalism over hateful remarks MORE (Texas) and Dave Brat (Va.). 

Jordan and Meadows have been calling for a second special counsel since January after revelations surfaced that the FBI did not save five months worth of text messages between two FBI agents who have been accused of pro-Clinton and anti-Trump bias during the 2016 presidential race.

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee earlier this month released a memo claiming that senior officials at the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) abused their powers to spy on members of the Trump campaign.

The four-page memo accused the DOJ of obtaining surveillance warrants on Page. 

Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee last week released their countermemo that refutes the GOP memo. 

"Our extensive review of the initial [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] application and three subsequent renewals failed to uncover any evidence of illegal, unethical, or unprofessional behavior by law enforcement and instead revealed that both the FBI and DOJ made extensive showings to justify all four requests," the committee's ranking Democrat Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffFive takeaways from Barr's new powers in 'spying' probe Trump declassification move unnerves Democrats Trump appeals order siding with House Democrats bank subpoenas MORE (Calif.) said.