House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) have added their names to the growing list of congressional Republicans calling for a second special counsel to investigate alleged abuses and anti-Republican bias within the FBI and Justice Department.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked a former official outside Washington to determine whether a second special counsel is warranted.
Both Scalise and McCarthy are concerned over the manner in which FBI officials handled the Russia investigation, particularly regarding use of the Steele dossier.
The moves align the No. 2 and No. 3 House GOP leaders with President Trump, who could be a factor in a future leadership race between the two friendly rivals.
Neither Scalise nor McCarthy wants any daylight between themselves and Trump in the event Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) calls it quits after the November midterm elections.
“I agree with the many others who have called for the appointment of an additional special counsel,” Scalise said in a statement Monday.
“We need a second special counsel,” McCarthy told Fox News on Saturday.
Scalise and McCarthy each pointed to trust issues as reason for the second special counsel. McCarthy's believes "you can’t trust what’s happening right now” in the Justice Department; Scalise is concerned with Mueller's results.
“The credibility of the Mueller investigation will be in doubt unless we get to the bottom of the many serious questions regarding the FBI’s handling of their investigation of the Trump campaign,” Scalise said.
Neither Ryan nor Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have shown support for a special counsel and Ryan indicated through a spokesperson that Mueller's investigation should continue unimpeded.
Trump has shown little restraint in recent days regarding his disdain for the Russia investigation, mentioning the special counsel by name twice in weekend tweets: