On January 13 Congressman Sherman Called for Special Counsel, Lynch said No; Now GOP Says Yes
Washington, D.C. – Six weeks ago, Congressman Brad Sherman first called for a Special Counsel in a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch. See his letter from January 13, 2017.
On January 16, Lynch denied Sherman’s request in an interview with MSNBC:
Host Tamron Hall: “Congressman Brad Sherman from California, senior Foreign Affairs member, that sent a letter to you asking for a special counsel to be appointed to investigate Russia’s interference in this election four days before the inauguration of Donald Trump, will you be able to name or appoint a special counsel to investigate Russia’s interference in our election?”
Lynch: [No.] Right now the matter is being handled by the career agents and lawyers in the Department of Justice and the bureau. I have the utmost confidence in them.
Now, Congressman Darrell Issa has called for a special prosecutor to look into Russian involvement in the 2016 Presidential election. While Congressmen Kevin McCarthy, Jason Chaffetz, and many other top Republicans are calling for Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from any investigation.
“Sessions must recuse himself from any investigation involving Russia’s involvement in 2016 presidential election. And it’s not enough to assign this investigation to a Deputy Attorney General who works with Sessions every day,” said Sherman. “So I am renewing my call for a Special Counsel to investigate the matter.”
Sherman continued, “Even if Sessions resigns, Trump’s new Attorney General cannot provide the independent investigation the public rightfully demands. Only independent Special Counsel will have the independence to determine whether the Trump campaign conspired with Russian intelligence.”