Is special counsel needed to investigate Clinton, Comey?

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 15, 2017

And, President Donald Trump has repeatedly shown disappointment that the department isn't looking into "Crooked Hillary".

The Washington Post reported that the justice department is considering a special counsel to investigate numerous matters after House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep.

It's impossible to not think back to Jackson's warning in considering the growing requests from congressional Republicans - and plenty of outside voices - that the Justice Department find a way to "lock her up", and to investigate Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation, and anyone related thereto for anything that might plausibly (or, as in the case of the Canadian mining company Uranium One and its sale to Russia's nuclear energy agency during the Obama administration, implausibly) lead to criminal charges. But that's demonstrably not true, which would make a special counsel appointment very odd. The attorney general is erasing longstanding barriers between the president and the administration of justice, and seems close to violating his own pledge to Congress to recuse himself from all matters impacting Hillary Clinton.

"Why in 2016 did James Comey and the Justice Department give Cheryl Mills, Secretary Clinton's Chief of Staff, an immunity agreement for turning over her laptop computer?"

"If he (Mr Sessions) or his deputy authorises a new investigation of Mrs. Clinton, it would shatter norms established after Watergate that are meant to prevent presidents from using law enforcement agencies against political rivals", The New York Times said today.

The first year of the Trump administration has been a turbulent one for the Justice Department. "The American public deserves it!"

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

"It would take a factual basis that meets the standards of the appointment of a special counsel", Sessions responded after Jordan read off a list of reasons why he believed an appointment was necessary. A separate Clinton Foundation-related federal probe has been ongoing in Virginia, but its final disposition is still unclear, according to people familiar with the matter.

The deal gave the Russian company a controlling interest in a fifth of USA uranium reserves.

Sessions pushed backed, saying a special counsel is only appointed if there is enough evidence to merit that appointment. 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.

"Why did Robert Mueller not inform CFIUS?"

"Why in 2016 did FBI Director Comey begin drafting an exoneration letter for Secretary Clinton, whom he called "grossly negligent" in an early draft of the letter, before completing the investigation?"

Sessions added: "I would say the Department of Justice can never be used to retaliate politically against opponents, and that would be wrong".

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