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

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

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

Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended the Department of Justice on Tuesday after a letter sent to lawmakers suggested he would consider appointing a new special counsel to investigate several Republican concerns-including the so-called Uranium One deal.

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

President Trump insisted the allegations levelled at the Clinton Foundation be investigated as early as last year's presidential election, and has repeatedly criticised Mr Sessions and expressed his "disappointment" in the Justice Department. 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. Is it a GOP smokescreen?

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday Nov. 14 2017 in Washington. Sessions is leaving open the possibility that a special counsel could be appointed to look into Clinton Foundation deal

Specifically, if the approval of the sale was linked to donations to the foundation and what role, if any, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton played. Sessions would not say whether the dossier was used by the FBI to obtain warrants to surveil Trump associates, nor would he comment on any hypothetical investigation into Justice Department leaks to the media about the dossier. The deal, which has always been a talking point for right-leaning media outlets, allowed a Russian nuclear agency to purchase Uranium One, a Canadian mining firm with deep ties to America's uranium extraction capacity.

For that reason, Sessions' suggestion has raised fresh questions about the independence of the Justice Department in the Trump administration.

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.

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

Sessions noted that there have only ever been two special counsels: one for the Waco siege in April 1993, and Robert Mueller's probe into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

"There's no way the American people can trust Robert Mueller to investigate anything Russia-related", Hannity has said.

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McCarthy also said he thought it was a mistake, legally and politically, for the Justice Department to publicly suggest that it might appoint a special counsel.

Now, a Justice Department letter dated November 13 says Sessions directed federal prosecutors to "evaluate certain issues" from the list of concerns and figure out if they warrant additional resources or a special counsel.

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