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GOP, Democrats disagree on need for second special counsel


Republicans say alleged abuse of surveillance powers at the FBI may merit appointing another special counsel, but Democrats say the accusations they want probed are based on false and misleading information.

Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, said Wednesday that a special counsel should look into “all the machinations and hanky-panky that went on at the Department of Justice and FBI during the Obama years and even the first year of the Trump administration.”

Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Ill., a former federal prosecutor, suggested all options need to be on the table to probe what he described as “troubling” behavior by the FBI.

“Looking at all options, I know the inspector general is looking into this, but there may be a time and place where we have to have somebody else look at it,” he said.

Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., dismissed Republican concerns about the FBI and suggested the calls to bring in a second special counsel are purely political.

“Not only is it not necessary, I believe its based on completely false information,” he said.

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