Calls for new special counsel to investigate FBI and DOJ

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2016, file photo, the FBI's J. Edgar Hoover headquarter building in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

WASHINGTON (SBG) - Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), pushed ahead this week with calls for a new investigation into the FBI and the Department of Justice.

"What happened in 2016 with the Clinton email investigation and the FISA warrants against Carter Page showed corruption at the highest level of government," Graham said on the Senate floor Thursday.

He was referring to former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, placed under surveillance by the FBI after the agency obtained a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant which contained some information taken from the Christopher Steele dossier, an unverified report funded in part by the Clinton campaign.

Graham and fellow Republicans also point to the now infamous meeting between then attorney general Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton while the Clinton email investigation was still underway.

They also point to information in a released private testimony by FBI attorney Lisa Page in which she said the FBI was ordered by the Department of Justice not to charge then candidate Hillary Clinton with gross negligence.

C Boyden Gray served as White House counsel under President George H.W. Bush .

"I think it ought to be investigated but I believe that could be done by existing us attorneys around the country and by the Senate Intelligence Committee," Gray said in an interview Wednesday, adding he is opposed to Special Counsels as a whole.

In his request for that new probe, Sen. Graham also blocked an attempt by the Senate to pass a resolution calling for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's findings to be made public which passed the house 420 to zero

"Let the American people know that the republican majority in the senate at least for now is blocking a resolution that the Mueller report should be made public," said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

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