Trump attorneys demand a new special counsel to be appointed to probe the individuals who are currently investigating Russian election meddling, Axios reported early Tuesday.
“The Department of Justice and FBI cannot ignore the multiple problems that have been created by these obvious conflicts of interests. These new revelations require the appointment of a Special Counsel to investigate,” one of Trump’s lawyers, Jay Sekulow, told the news outlet.
Axios’s Mike Allen reported that the call for a second special counsel comes after Fox News published an article on Monday that said the wife of an official in the Justice Department was employed by Fusion GPS, the opposition firm behind a controversial dossier of Trump opposition research, during the campaign.
His attorneys, according to Axios, fault the FBI and the Justice Department under Attorney General Jeff Sessions for the probe into Russia’s election meddling and any potential ties between Trump campaign staff members and Russia.
The president has repeatedly called the probe a “witch hunt,” arguing Democrats are using Russia’s attempts to interfere in last year’s presidential election as an excuse for their loss.
“As the phony Russian Witch Hunt continues, two groups are laughing at this excuse for a lost election taking hold, Democrats and Russians!” Trump said in July.