Special Counsel on DNC Rejected: Justice Continues Its Financial Probe
Seper, Jerry, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
The Justice Department yesterday rejected a request by a senator and the chairmen of four House committees for an independent counsel to investigate suspected illegal donations to the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
But Justice officials said a department task force will continue to look into accusations of contribution irregularities, and an independent counsel might be sought later, depending on what evidence is uncovered.
Mark Richard, acting assistant attorney general in the department's criminal division, noted in the Justice response that career federal investigators are probing "a number of serious concerns . . . expressed in the past several week by public interest organizations, the press, members of Congress and the public regarding campaign financing practices in the recent national election."
Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, and Republican Reps. Bill Thomas of California, chairman of the House Oversight Committee; William F. Clinger of Pennsylvania, chairman of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee; Benjamin A. Gilman of New York, chairman of the House International Relations Committee; and Gerald B.H. Solomon of New York, chairman of the House Rules Committee, sought the appointment in an Oct. 30 letter to Attorney General Janet Reno. …