Some Republican lawmakers are now calling for an independent counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton’s use of private email server while secretary of state following a public recommendation Tuesday from the FBI director that Clinton not be charged criminally, according to The Washington Post.
Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) said the FBI was “steeped in political bias” and brought up a new favorite conservative talking point: the tarmac meeting In Phoenix last week between former President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, according to the Post.
“The role of the independent counsel is to keep investigations honest and prosecutorial decisions independent of the political, personal and financial conflicts of interest that undermine accountability in government,” Turner told WaPo. “It is time for Secretary Clinton to be held accountable for her extremely careless actions.”
FBI Director James Comey is a registered Republican who donated to John McCain and Mitt Romney’s campaigns, according to voting records.
Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) echoed the call for an independent counsel shortly after, according to the Post.
“I’m calling for a special prosecutor to be appointed to look into the charges and determine the appropriateness of prosecution for these crimes,” Salmon told the Post. “Americans deserve accountability from their government officials, especially when they would be harshly prosecuted or imprisoned for performing the very same actions.”
Though these congressmen made the call for a independent investigation Tuesday, they are not the first, the Post reported. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) called for something similar last year.