Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Thursday that a special counsel is not needed to investigate allegations against the FBI because Utah US Attorney John Huber is already investigating the matter.
Huber, an Obama appointee, will try to determine whether the bureau abused its power when it obtained a warrant to surveil a former adviser to President Trump’s campaign, according to a CNN report.
The AG’s decision to not appoint a special counsel was bound to anger Republicans on Capitol Hill, many of whom have been calling for a tit-for-tat probe of the FBI and Justice Department that would run alongside Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling.
Sessions didn’t totally rule it out. He said he would rely on Huber’s conclusion before reaching a final decision on whether a second special counsel was warranted. “We understand that the Department is not above criticism and it can never be that the Department conceals errors when they occur,” he wrote in a letter to leading lawmakers. “I am confident that Mr. Huber’s review will include a full, complete and objective evaluation of these matters in a manner that is consistent with the law and facts,” Sessions wrote.
“I receive regular updates from Mr. Huber and upon the conclusion of his review, will receive his recommendations as to whether any matters not currently under investigation should be opened, whether any matters currently under investigation require further resources, or whether any matters merit the appointment of a special counsel.”