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GOP Lawmakers Ask For Special Prosecutor on Clinton Foundation Access

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By    |   Tuesday, 30 Aug 2016 08:44 PM

More than 50 Republican House members on Tuesday signed a letter asking Attorney General Loretta Lynch to appoint a special prosecutor to look into allegations that donors to the Clinton Foundation gained special access to Hillary Clinton's State Department.

The Hill reports that Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe, who is a former federal prosecutor, is behind the letter asking Lynch to investigate a recent report by the Associated Press that more than half of non-government visitors to the State Department during Clinton's years as secretary of state were big donors to the foundation.

"All of this makes it very unclear where the State Department ended and where the Clinton Foundation began," according to the letter.

"The facts as they have been reported surrounding the Clinton Foundation warrant an investigation that is beyond reproach and beyond any appearance of political favoritism," the lawmakers said. "Appointing a special counsel is a necessary step at this juncture."

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has been hammering his Democratic rival and calling for a special prosecutor as well, but The Hill reported that, unlike Trump surrogates who have echoed the call, Ratcliffe took the initiative on his own to petition Lynch.

Republicans in Congress also are going after Clinton in other ways, The Hill notes, including a planned House Judiciary Committee hearing in September over whether Clinton perjured herself before the House Benghazi committee when discussing her private email server.

FBI Director James Comey has disputed Clinton's testimony, but did not recommend prosecution for her actions.

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California told MSNBC on Tuesday that no evidence exists of illegal activity between the Clinton Foundation and Clinton's work at State.

"The most that has come to surface is that some of the Clinton Foundation supporters also met with the secretary of state, which you would imagine would be the case," he said. "So no, that's not at all the kind of foundation you would want for the extraordinary step of a special investigator, prosecutor."

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More than 50 Republican House members on Tuesday signed a letter asking Attorney General Loretta Lynch to appoint a special prosecutor to look into allegations that donors to the Clinton Foundation gained special access to Hillary Clinton's State Department.
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