Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Sessions Throws Cold Water On GOP Fever To Appoint New Special Counsel

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions confirms probe into Clinton Foundation Sessions Throws Cold Water On GOP Fever To Appoint New Special Counsel
Bennie Garza | 15 November, 2017, 08:09

But on closer inspection, Monday's letter promises nothing more than that senior federal prosecutors within the Justice Department will "evaluate certain issues raised" by Republicans and "will make recommendations as to whether any matters not now under investigation should be opened, whether any matters now under investigation require further resources, or whether any matters merit the appointment of a Special Counsel".

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

Rep. John Conyers Jr., Michigan Democrat, displayed copies of a series of recent tweets from Mr. Trump in which the president called for an investigation into Russia's 2010 purchase of uranium rights and donations to the Clinton Foundation while Mrs. Clinton led the State Department.

The Washington Post reported that the justice department is considering a special counsel to investigate numerous matters after House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Democrats have criticized this as a ploy to deflect attention from the special counsel probing Trump campaign interactions with the Kremlin and potential effects on the 2016 presidential election.

Republicans have said special counsel Robert Mueller can not impartially investigate the matter because he led the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the time of the deal. Have a say in our informal poll and feel free to join the conversation in the comments section. But there is no evidence that Clinton herself was involved in the U.S. government's approval of the deal.

That's because the Justice Department is supposed to be independent of politics. "The proliferation of special counsels in a political setting is very, very bad".

But even though a special counsel hasn't been appointed, questions about the independence of the hypothetical investigation are already swirling. That letter raised immediate concerns about the possible politicization of the DOJ because it seemed Sessions was willing to use right-wing talking points endorsed by the White House as grounds for a criminal probe into Clinton's time at the State Department.

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

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. "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". We know the Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee, paid for, through the law firm, paid for the dossier [that alleges Trump-Russia ties].

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