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House Republicans calling on Jeff Sessions to prosecute eight of Trump’s political foes

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Nearly a dozen House Republicans have signed on to a letter calling for the Justice Department to prosecute eight of President Donald Trump’s political enemies.

The letter issued Wednesday morning urging Attorney General Jeff Sessions to open investigations — and then prosecutions — of eight former government or law enforcement officials who have drawn the president’s ire over the past three years.

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The lawmakers called on Sessions to investigate Hillary Clinton, former FBI director James Comey and his former deputy Andrew McCabe, former attorney general Loretta Lynch and former acting attorney general Sally Yates, FBI general counsel Dana Boente, and FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

“Because we believe that those in positions of high authority should be treated the same as every other American, we want to be sure that the potential violations of law outlined below are vetted appropriately,” the lawmakers wrote.

The letter was also addressed to FBI director Christopher Wray and John Huber, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah.

The Republicans accused Clinton of campaign finance violations related to the Steele dossier, and they accused Lynch of obstruction of justice in the “Uranium One” deal.

The lawmakers accused Comey of leaking classified information to a friend who passed his personal memos along to reporters, and they cited a report by the Justice Department’s inspector general on McCabe to call for possible criminal charges.

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The representatives called for an investigation into Yates’ and Boente’s roles in the FISA warrant against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, and the two FBI agents were singled out for investigation for their anti-Trump texts during the presidential campaign.

“We are especially mindful of the dissimilar degrees of zealousness that has marked the investigations into Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and and the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, respectively,” the lawmakers said.

The lawmakers cite a Wall Street Journal editorial, which they described as a news report, as justification to investigate Strzok and Page, and most of the alleged crimes they list are related to events leading up to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller.

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The letter was signed by GOP representatives Ron DeSantis (R-FL), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Dave Brat (R-VA), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Andy Harris (R-MD), Jody Hice (R-GA), Todd Rokita (R-IN), Claudia Tenney (R-NY) and Ted Yoho (R-FL).


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