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Jeff Sessions Taps Utah US Attorney John Huber To Lead Probe Of FBI

Julia Ritchey
John Huber at a press conference last August.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has tapped U.S. Attorney for Utah John Huber to investigate Republican claims of FBI misconduct.   

Huber is Utah’s lead federal prosecutor and although he was first appointed by a Democratic president, Barack Obama, he’s raised his profile significantly under the Trump administration.

The attorney general wants Huber to investigate whether the FBI abused its authority in monitoring a former Trump campaign adviser. He’ll also examine whether the agency should’ve more closely scrutinized a Russian uranium deal made during Hillary Clinton’s tenure at the state department.   

Sessions' appointment falls short of demands by some Republicans to appoint a second special counsel to investigate partisan bias at the FBI.

Huber was first appointed in 2015 and re-appointed by President Trump last year.

Huber has appeared at a number of press conferences alongside top justice officials like Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. He’s also voiced support for some Trump policies on violent crime and immigration.

Sen. Orrin Hatch praised the appointment. He said Huber will bring “the independent perspective of an accomplished federal prosecutor” and called him "the right man for the job.”

Julia joined KUER in 2016 after a year reporting at the NPR member station in Reno, Nev. During her stint, she covered battleground politics, school overcrowding, and any story that would take her to the crystal blue shores of Lake Tahoe. Her work earned her two regional Edward R. Murrow awards. Originally from the mountains of Western North Carolina, Julia graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2008 with a degree in journalism. She’s worked as both a print and radio reporter in several states and several countries — from the 2008 Beijing Olympics to Dakar, Senegal. Her curiosity about the American West led her to take a spontaneous, one-way road trip to the Great Basin, where she intends to continue preaching the gospel of community journalism, public radio and podcasting. In her spare time, you’ll find her hanging with her beagle Bodhi, taking pictures of her food and watching Patrick Swayze movies.
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