Rep. Gaetz to Jeff Sessions: Appoint a Second Special Counsel or 'Step Aside'
Rep. Matt Gaetz and a dozen other House Republicans are calling for the Justice Department to appoint a second special counsel to investigate surveillance abuses against the Trump campaign.
Gaetz (R-Fla.) said if Attorney General Jeff Sessions will not take such action, then he "should step aside" so a replacement can move forward.
He stressed that the probe by the Justice Department's inspector general is "limited" in terms of interviewing former FBI officials James Comey and Andrew McCabe.
"My fear is that if we don't have a second special counsel this will turn out a lot like the Benghazi investigation where we learn a lot about facts but no one is held accountable" pic.twitter.com/dVS0RTT7io
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) March 5, 2018
Gaetz said on "Outnumbered Overtime" that a second probe would provide "real accountability for these crimes that were committed against President Trump and his team."
He said Republicans called for a second special counsel seven months ago, but Sessions took no action.
"If Jeff Sessions doesn't want to do the job of attorney general, he should step aside and we should get somebody who wants to do that job."
Gaetz was asked by Harris Faulkner about President Trump's latest tweet, in which he accuses the Obama administration of investigating his campaign "with zero proof of wrongdoing."
Why did the Obama Administration start an investigation into the Trump Campaign (with zero proof of wrongdoing) long before the Election in November? Wanted to discredit so Crooked H would win. Unprecedented. Bigger than Watergate! Plus, Obama did NOTHING about Russian meddling.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 5, 2018
The freshman lawmaker said Trump has been proven right that the FBI was "spying" on his team based on a "false and rotten premise," referring to the Steele dossier.
"The president has been vindicated," Gaetz said.
Watch the interview above and Maria Bartiromo's interview with Rep. Trey Gowdy below.