Jeff Sessions rebuffed a Republican who wants to investigate Comey

Jeff Sessions rebuffed a Republican who wants to investigate Comey

Attorney General Jeff Sessions had a heated exchange with Republican Rep. Jim Jordan on Tuesday over the appointment of a second special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton.

"After another heated exchange, Sessions said, "'Looks like' is not enough basis to appoint a special counsel".

After months of public and private pressure, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is giving President Donald Trump what he's long demanded, going back to the days of "Crooked Hillary" and "lock her up": an inquiry that could lead to a full-fledged investigation of his vanquished opponent and the Clinton Foundation.

For that reason, Sessions' suggestion has raised fresh questions about the independence of the Justice Department in the Trump administration. Fox News host Sean Hannity, who is also an informal adviser to the president, has called for a special counsel to probe the uranium deal and has said that because Mueller was the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the time Uranium One was purchased, Mueller should be removed from his role probing the Trump White House. [John] Danforth took over that investigation as special counsel - and Mr. Mueller. Have a say in our informal poll and feel free to join the conversation in the comments section.

If one is appointed to probe Clinton matters, "I think the vast majority of people at DOJ would be completely disgusted and demoralized by it, " said Zeidenberg, referring to the Justice Department.

Even Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who served as FBI Director prior to James Comey, did not escape the scrutiny of Reps.

"It's hard to know whether that means they're really considering it or for Sessions to buy some room with the president", said Matthew Miller, a former Justice Department spokesman under President Barack Obama.

During an Oval Office meeting with the president on November 1, Pirro denounced Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his refusal to go after Clinton, who was Secretary of State when the deal was approved.

The first year of the Trump administration has been a turbulent one for the Justice Department.

In response to Jordan, Sessions said: "It would take a factual basis that meets the standards of the appointment of a special counsel".

Current and former Justice Department officials could not recall the last time the department publicly dangled the possibility of a special counsel appointment.

"I appreciate yesterday's letter saying you were considering appointing a special counsel that you sent to us", Jordan said. "You can have your idea, but sometimes we have to study what the facts are and to evaluate whether it meets the standard that requires a special counsel".

On Monday the Justice Department informed the committee it was weighing proposals to name an special independent counsel to investigate the FBI's handling of a probe a year ago into the Democrat Clinton's use of a personal server for official and in some cases classified emails, in breach of government rules.



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