Breaking: Oversight Committee call for special counsel to investigate FISA abuse


House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein making the request.

The Republican lawmakers called for a review of any evidence of “bias” by DOJ or FBI employee as well as whether there was any “extraneous influence” on the surveillance process, something House Republicans have homed in on recent months.

The DOJ’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, is already investigating potential abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), but the two lawmakers argue his inquiry is not sufficient to uncover potential misconduct at the highest levels of the department.

Goodlatte and Gowdy also raised questions about whether the DOJ is capable of independently assessing the allegations against its officials “in a fashion likely to garner public confidence.”

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