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 SessionsBarr turned down defense attorney job with Trump: report Paul calls Trump's pick for attorney general's views on surveillance 'very troubling' John Kelly to leave White House at year's end MORE to appoint a second special counsel to investigate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSantorum: Dems have a chance in 2020 if they pick someone ‘unexpected’ Trump should heed a 1974 warning penned by Bush NRCC breach exposes gaps 2 years after Russia hacks 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 ZeldinGOP lawmaker hits opponent over flyer depicting coat hanger GOP lawmaker sends voters incorrect absentee ballot info Trump allies want Congress to find anonymous op-ed author MORE (N.Y.), Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsTrump pushes back on reports that Ayers was first pick for chief of staff Trump floating Mark Meadows for White House chief of staff: reports Pence aide Ayers will not be White House chief of staff MORE (N.C.), Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanComey’s confession: dossier not verified before, or after, FISA warrant Republicans missed best shot on keeping promise to cut spending Three Republicans battle to succeed Meadows at House Freedom Caucus MORE (Ohio), Claudia Tenney (N.Y.), Francis RooneyLaurence (Francis) Francis RooneyMeet the lawmakers putting politics aside to save our climate Bipartisan group of lawmakers propose landmark carbon tax Overnight Defense: Trump says he may cancel G-20 meeting with Putin | Three service members killed in Afghanistan | Active-shooter drill sparks panic at Walter Reed MORE (Fla.), Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzMcCarthy, other Republicans back Ratcliffe to be next attorney general Gaetz goes to bat with Trump on Jordan Soros rep: Fox News refuses to have me on MORE (Fla.), Ted BuddTheodore (Ted) Paul BuddRepublican Ted Budd holds off challenger to win reelection in North Carolina Election Day: An hour-by-hour viewer’s guide Jockeying already stepping up in House leadership fights MORE (N.C.), Jody HiceJody Brownlow HiceThree Republicans battle to succeed Meadows at House Freedom Caucus Here's how politicians celebrated Halloween House Freedom Caucus roiled by Trump's attacks on Mark Sanford MORE (Ga.), Scott PerryScott Gordon PerryThree Republicans battle to succeed Meadows at House Freedom Caucus Democratic gains erasing House GOP in California House Republicans set to elect similar team of leaders despite midterm thumping MORE (Pa.), Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarZinke picks fight with key Dem at an odd time Overnight Energy — Sponsored by the National Biodiesel Board — Texas coal plant to shut down | Macron rejects trade deals with climate pact outsiders | Vote on park funding bills to miss deadline Judge restores protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears MORE (Ariz.), Andy HarrisAndrew (Andy) Peter HarrisMarijuana activists arrested for smoking outside GOP lawmaker's office Interior to publish Zinke's calendars weekly Freedom Caucus members see openings in leadership MORE (Md.), Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertGOP lawmaker accuses Soros of turning against Jews and helping take their property Soros rep: Fox News refuses to have me on House conservatives want ethics probe into Dems' handling of Kavanaugh allegations 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 SchiffDems have new moniker for Trump: ‘Unindicted co-conspirator' Schiff: Trump may face ‘real prospect of jail time’ Sunday shows preview: Trade talks, Cohen sentencing memo take center stage MORE (Calif.) said.