A special counsel to investigate Clintons?

15 November, 2017, 00:50 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Under fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be pressed Tuesday in a House Judiciary Committee hearing over what he knew about contacts between the Trump election campaign last year and Russia

Majority Republicans demanded that Sessions appoint a second special counsel to investigate a series of issues involving Trump's election rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, including the sale of a uranium company to Russian Federation while she was US secretary of state.

On Monday, the attorney general sent a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., saying that he had directed senior federal prosecutors to explore at least some of the matters, then report back to him and his top deputy on whether any of them necessitated the appointment of a second special counsel.

The list of matters he wanted probed was wide ranging, but included the FBI's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, various dealings of the Clinton Foundation and several matters connected to the purchase of the Canadian mining company Uranium One by Russia's nuclear energy agency.

Under pressure, Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation, a decision that later helped pave the way for the appointment of former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead the investigation.

"The Department of Justice can never be used to retaliate politically against opponents".

"The Attorney General of the United States should not be held to a different standard than the young police officer whose life you ruined", Jefferies said. "But honestly they should be looking at the Democrats", Trump said.

Mr. Trump is frustrated with the continuing investigations into Russia's election meddling and possible ties to his campaign.

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He did, however, say he stands by his January statement that "the proper thing for me to do would be for me to recuse myself" on matters involving Clinton, given his past involvement in the Trump campaign.

Jeffries noted all the times Sessions has testified he "did not recall" a fact, and referenced a speech Sessions gave on the Senate floor justifying his vote to impeach former President Bill Clinton.

The appearance before the House Judiciary Committee follows a guilty plea from one Trump campaign aide who served on a foreign policy council that Sessions chaired, as well as statements from another adviser who said he'd advised the then-GOP Alabama senator about an upcoming trip to Russian Federation. "And a lot of people are disappointed in the Justice Department, including me". However, the Justice Department does not typically confirm or deny specific investigations, and Boyd stressed that the letter "should not be construed to do so".

Since Mueller's probe began, numerous Trump advisors have acknowledged interactions with Russian intermediaries.

Will a special counsel actually be appointed to look into Hillary's misdeeds?

Sessions recused himself from investigations related to Russian interference in the elections shortly after taking office as attorney general.

Boyd said the investigations include issues raised in the committee's letters and the inspector general will "determine whether he should expand the scope of his investigation based on the information contained in those letters".

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