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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Jeff Sessions REJECTS Call for Special Counsel Into FBI

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the International Association of Chiefs of Police division midyear conference Thursday, March 15, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Stephen Dinan

Attorney General Jeff Sessions rejected requests to name a second special counsel to probe allegations of misconduct at the FBI, saying Thursday that other investigations should be able to cover the ground already.

The move came a day after the Justice Department’s inspector general said he was opening a probe into the FBI’s use of the anti-Trump Steele dossier to win approval to snoop on a Trump campaign figure in 2016.

Mr. Sessions said the inspector general’s probe, plus an internal department review by a U.S. attorney, are good enough, and there’s no need to resort to the extraordinary step of a new special counsel.

Mr. Sessions said that since the current system was created in 1999, only two cases have warranted a special counsel, and the FBI probe isn’t yet one of them.


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