Rep. Mike Turner called on Congress Tuesday to reinstate the independent counsel laws to investigate Hillary Clinton's private email server use after FBI Director James Comey announced that the former secretary of state would not be prosecuted.
"We must restore Americans' faith in government and that starts with reauthorizing the independent counsel statute," the Ohio Republican said.
In May, Turner introduced legislation to reinstate in the statute, which expired in June 1999.
"It is in the best interest of the country that the independent counsel statute is reauthorized to review the findings of the FBI's investigation into Secretary Clinton's mishandling of classified information, and to make an independent and impartial decision about whether to prosecute the former Secretary for potential criminal activity," Turner said.
He said that the FBI's probe was "steeped in political bias, especially considering that former President Bill Clinton met with Attorney General Loretta Lynch just days before the FBI announced its decision."
Clinton's meeting with Lynch, aboard the attorney general's private plane on the tarmac at a Phoenix airport last week, occurred the night before the special House Benghazi Committee released its 800-page report on the 2012 Libyan attacks.
"The role of the independent counsel is to keep investigations honest and prosecutorial decisions independent of the political, personal, and financial conflicts of interest that undermine accountability in government," Turner said.
"It is time for Secretary Clinton to be held accountable for her extremely careless actions."
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