On Tuesday, Jay Sekulow, lead member of President Donald Trump’s outside legal team, called for the appointment of a separate special prosecutor to look into conflict of interest involving the Justice Department and FBI officials.
“The Department of Justice and FBI cannot ignore the multiple problems that have been created by these obvious conflicts of interests. These new revelations require the appointment of a Special Counsel to investigate,” Sekulow told Fox News.
No formal petition has been made at this point, but Trump’s legal team is making it’s views very clear. “I was asked about it, and let my feelings be known,” Sekulow told Fox News on Tuesday.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), took to Twitter to share his opinions.
I will be challenging Rs and Ds on Senate Judiciary Committee to support a Special Counsel to investigate ALL THINGS 2016 — not just Trump and Russia.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) December 8, 2017
Details that have emerged regarding a DOJ official and his wife, along with an FBI official who was removed from Mueller’s team under questionable circumstances, have led Republicans to question the objectivity of both departments.
Last week, Fox News reported that Bruce Ohr was demoted during an investigation into his contacts with Fusion GPS-tied individuals. It has been discovered that Ohr met with Christopher Steele, the former British spy who penned the “dossier,” during the 2016 presidential campaign.
On Monday, Fox News reported that House intelligence committee investigators confirm the official’s wife, Nellie Ohr, worked for Fusion GPS.
Mrs. Ohr’s duties at Fusion GPS remain unclear, including whether she worked on the anti-Trump “dossier.” A review of open source materials shows Mrs. Ohr was described as a Russia expert at the Wilson Center, a Washington think tank, when she worked there, briefly, a decade ago.
HPSCI staff confirmed to Fox News that she was paid by Fusion GPS through the summer and fall of 2016.