Sessions: No special counsel yet for investigation of FBI

Sessions: No special counsel yet for investigation of FBI

Time Magazine put an image of Jeff Sessions on its cover to accompany reporting about changes the attorney general has implemented in the Justice Department, and the publication's photo choice has sparked divided social media commentary.

Huber, an Obama appointee, will try top determine whether the bureau abused its power when it obtained a warrant to surveil a former adviser to President Trump's campaign, CNN reported. He later referred to an unnamed "person outside of Washington" with "many years in the Department of Justice" who was examining the allegations.

The Department of Justice inspector general has announced it will investigate the FBI over the use of a FISA court order to spy on a Trump campaign adviser, after the House Republican memo claimed the process was abused.

Republican congressional investigators have obtained newly uncovered text messages from FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok and his paramour Lisa Page that show possible coordination between high-ranking officials in the Obama administration, CIA, FBI, Justice Department and former Senate Democratic leadership in the early stages of the Russian Federation investigation, Fox News reported. Steele's anti-Trump research was paid for by Democrat Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Huber has previously conducted investigations in a number of high-profile cases and led task forces focused on terrorism, according to the letter.

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The new investigation comes as the FBI is already under intense political pressure. That investigation formed the basis for the firing of former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

Republicans, meanwhile, welcomed the inspector general's review.

In a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, Sessions wrote that the standard for bringing on a special counsel had not been met. "We would like to add that as the only African-American FBI field agent in Minnesota, Mr. Albury's actions were driven by a conscientious commitment to long-term national security and addressing the well-documented systemic biases within the FBI".

Under pressure from lawmakers to move more quickly, FBI Director Christopher Wray said Tuesday that he has now assigned 54 FBI staff to collecting documents for separate congressional investigations into the Justice Department initiated by the House Judiciary panel's Republicans.

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