White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah told reporters today that attorneys for President Donald Trump's attorneys have approved moving ahead with an appointment of a second special counsel to investigate conduct on the part of officials at the FBI and Department of Justice during the 2016 presidential campaign. James Comey was director of the FBI at the time of the investigation.

According to the pool report, when Shah was asked, “FISA warrant should it be released? and what about a second special counsel?,” he responded, “President’s attorneys have addressed this and said yes to a second special counsel.” He added, “That document along with any other that the House Intelligence Committee chooses to vote out of its committee through its process and all the House procedures, we would entertain like anything else.”

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) provides for a procedure by which the executive branch may petition the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to provide a warrant enabling the government to conduct surveillance on American citizens. At issue is the warrant itself: Congress wants the warrant unsealed in order to examine its contents and determine whether the discredited so-called Trump dossier was used to justify the surveillance on a Trump campaign volunteer. 

On Friday, Trump declassified a memo produced by the House Intelligence Committee and committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) to accuses the FBI and DOJ of politicizing its investigation of Trump’s political organization. Democrats have prepared their own memo, which reportedly seeks to refute the Republicans’ claims. According to Axios, Shah said that the White House will approach further memos, including the Democrats’, in the same manner in which the Republicans’ memo was handled. “Which is to allow for a legal review, national security review led by the White House Counsel’s Office, and then within five days the president will make a decision about declassifying it," said Shah.

 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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