Sunday, 19 November, 2017

Appointing a second special counsel could rattle Justice Department

Tom Williams  Congressional Quarterly  Newscom via ZUMA Tom Williams Congressional Quarterly Newscom via ZUMA
Sammy Stanley | 15 November, 2017, 07:52

Attorney General Jeff Sessions threw some cold water on the idea of appointing a special counsel to investigate various matters related to Hillary Clinton and Democrats, as some Republicans have called for.

The department also confirmed that it was considering a special counsel to investigate the foundation of former president Bill Clinton, and its ties to companies involved in a deal that sold USA uranium rights to a Russian state company.

Also unclear Tuesday was how Sessions might appoint such a special counsel for some of the issues, given that he has recused himself from investigative matters involving the 2016 campaign due to his vocal support of Trump and fierce public criticism of Clinton.

It's alleged that the Obama administration only approved the deal after a US$145million donation was given to the Clinton's charitable foundation.

"I have not been improperly influenced and would not be improperly influenced" by the president, Sessions said.

It also comes a day after the Justice Department told the chair of the committee, Rep. "And if you're now just considering it, what is it going to take to get a special counsel?"

Peter Zeidenberg, who once served as deputy special counsel in the investigation of former White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby, said "the best-case scenario" is that the attorney general is trying simply to mollify an angry president and doesn't really plan to name a special counsel.

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"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.

He did not, however, rule out that a special counsel could be appointed if the proper standards were met. 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. "Is it proper, is that what you're asking?"

"The Department of Justice can never be used to retaliate politically against opponents... that would be wrong", Mr Sessions said.

"Everybody is asking why the Justice Department (and FBI) isn't looking into all of the dishonesty going on with Crooked Hillary & the Dems".

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

He said in a tweet that if Mr Sessions bends to pressure from Trump "it could spell the end of the DOJ as an independent institution".

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