Washington – Sessions Considers A Clinton Foundation Special Counsel

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    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivers a speech on national security in New York, U.S., November 2, 2017.  REUTERS/Lucas JacksonWashington – Attorney General Jeff Sessions is leaving open the possibility that a special counsel could be appointed to look into Clinton Foundation dealings and an Obama-era uranium deal, the Justice Department said, in responding to concerns from Republican lawmakers.

    The department said in a letter to the House Judiciary Committee Monday that Sessions had directed senior federal prosecutors to “evaluate certain issues” raised in recent weeks by members of Congress, which include allegations that the Clinton Foundation benefited from a years-old uranium transaction involving a Russian-backed company.

    President Donald Trump himself has repeatedly implored the Justice Department on social media to investigate the deal, including in a series of Twitter posts this month in which he lamented not having more direct influence over the agency’s affairs.

    The prosecutors will report to Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and recommend whether any new investigations should be opened, whether any matters currently under investigation require additional resources and whether it might be necessary to appoint a special counsel to oversee a probe, according to a letter the Judiciary Committee’s Republican chairman, Rep. Robert Goodlatte.

    Any appointment of a new special counsel, particularly in response to calls from members of Congress or from Trump himself, is likely to lead to criticism complaints about an undue political influence on a department that is meant to function outside of any partisan sway or demand.

    Though the Justice Department falls within the executive branch, and its priorities are historically in line with those of the president, the White House is not supposed to influence the decisions of prosecutors on any particular cases.

    The Justice Department sought to address those concerns in its letter, with Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd saying that the department “will never evaluate any matter except on the facts and the law.”

    “Professionalism, integrity and public confidence in the department’s work is critical for us, and no priority is higher,” he added.

    Nonetheless, the action follows a series of critical public statements by Trump that observers said blurred the bright line between the White House and the Justice Department.

    In recent weeks, he has repeatedly weighed in on Twitter on Justice Department business to call for investigations of Democrats and has challenged Sessions to be more aggressive in going after his political opponents, expressing particular support for investigating the Clinton Foundation. He has also suggested at times that Sessions’ job could be in jeopardy.

    “Everybody is asking why the Justice Department (and FBI) isn’t looking into all of the dishonesty going on with Crooked Hillary & the Dems…” Trump tweeted earlier this month.

    Boyd’s letter did not say what specific steps might be taken by the Justice Department to address the lawmakers’ concerns, or whether any of the matters Republicans have seized on might already be under investigation by federal authorities.

    Sessions said at his January confirmation hearing that he would recuse himself from any investigations involving Clinton given his role as a vocal campaign surrogate to Trump.

    He similarly recused himself from a separate investigation into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia, and in May, the Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead that probe.

    House Republicans in recent weeks have launched their own probes into the Obama administration and Clinton’s emails.

    Some lawmakers have specifically said they want to know more about whether President Barack Obama’s Justice Department had been investigating the purchase of American uranium mines by a Russian-backed company in 2010.

    The agreement was reached while Clinton led the State Department and some investors in the company had relationships with former President Bill Clinton and donated large sums to the Clinton Foundation.

    The letter comes one day before Sessions is to appear before the Judiciary panel for a Justice Department oversight hearing. Democrats on the committee have already signaled that they intend to press Sessions on his knowledge of contacts between Russians and aides to the Trump campaign.

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    13 COMMENTS

    1. In reality we need to stop wasting money . The FBI and special prosecutors should end these witch hunts on both ends . We need to use our resources for better stuff like monitoring muslims etc …

      Unfortunately we live in an era where the losers feel like they need to investigate every minor detail and petty stuff . They refuse to honor the outcome of our democratic elections . So we need to play the same petty hit back game . But it’s sooo silly on both ends . So very sad

    2. If and when the findings come out that there was no crime or collusion by the Clintons will this guy Hannity on Fox and all the other Fox personalities stop bringing up Clinton each day?

      • Mr. Doe:

        We have already seen much fact about the corrupt and criminal Clintons. It’s not about Hannity. When these Clinton worshippers get interviewed, they never find a way to defend her or the other partners in crime. All they do is change the subject, and try to focus on Trump. They have no answer to the career crimes of the Clinton clan. And she jeopardized the safety of many, including all of us. Obama was part of it, and his Iran deal was suicidal for America. Yes, these issues should not be pushed away. There was crime and collusion by Clintons, and you know it. It is just the corruption of many Obama plants that prevented this from being investigated properly and charging her with high crimes.

        I wait with baited breath for evidence of the collusion by Russia with Trump. So far, none. Just old crimes (alleged) by some of his campaign. You know that’s true, you just don’t like it. Tough.

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