Ron DeSantis: DOJ Needs a 'Fair and Impartial' Investigation of Hillary Clinton's Email
With the U.S. Department of Justice refusing to name a special counsel to investigate the handling of then U.S. Sec. of State Hillary Clinton using a private server for her official email, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., called for the department to rethink its decision.
Clinton is the favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination. DeSantis is running for the U.S. Senate in this year’s election to replace U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.
“As evidence pointing to the mishandling of classified information mounts, it is critically important that the Department of Justice investigation into Secretary Clinton’s unsecured e-mail is conducted in a fair and impartial manner,” DeSantis said on Monday. “Yet, the Obama administration’s continued public remarks prejudging the outcome of this ongoing investigation have called any pretense of impartiality into question.
“Secretary Clinton should receive absolutely no special treatment from the Department of Justice and the decision to prosecute must not hinge on political considerations,” DeSantis added. “It is beyond my understanding why the Department of Justice will not appoint a special counsel in order to resolve any potential impropriety that could taint this investigation.”
DeSantis posed five questions on Monday:
1. Attorney General Loretta Lynch was appointed United States Attorney in New York by President Bill Clinton in 1999. Does the Department of Justice consider this a conflict of interest in the context of a federal investigation involving President Clinton’s spouse?
2. President Obama’s political appointees, including yourself, are being asked to impartially execute their respective duties as Department of Justice officials that may involve an investigation into the activities of the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. Does the Department of Justice consider this a conflict of interest?
3. Would the presidential campaign of an individual quality as an “extraordinary circumstance” in the context of special counsel regulations?
4. The letter stated that the authority to appoint a special counsel has “rarely been exercised.” Aren’t the current extraordinary circumstances involving the investigation of former Secretary of State Clinton’s private email server the precise reason the special counsel option exists?
5. The letter stated that “any investigations related to this referral will be handled by law enforcement professionals and career attorneys.” That being said, will President Obama’s political appointees be privy to the decision to convene a grand jury, prosecute, or seek a federal indictment in this case?
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