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John Cornyn

Sen. Cornyn's call for special counsel ups ante in Clinton email inquiry

WASHINGTON In the first such call from a member of Congress, Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas on Tuesday asked Attorney General Loretta Lynch to name an independent counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state.

"The attorney general has a special duty to pursue justice even when political considerations run counter to doing so," Cornyn said in a letter to Lynch, an appointee of Democratic President Barack Obama.

A senior Republican senator, Charles Grassley of Iowa, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, came close to echoing Cornyn's request.

"Chairman Grassley believes that the...