Appointing a second special counsel could rattle Justice Department


Attorney General Jeff Sessions will appear before the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday morning to provide testimony regarding oversight of the Department of Justice.

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.

At a moment where Sessions' leadership and credibility is being questioned - the president himself has openly pondered firing him, and Democrats are accusing him of lying about his knowledge of Russian contacts with the Trump campaign - the attorney general is giving the appearance that he's bowing to the political demands of the president.

Sessions said at a congressional hearing Tuesday that he will weigh recommendations from senior prosecutors on whether to appoint a special counsel over a 2010 uranium company deal and other issues, including donations to the Clinton Foundation.

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

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But Sessions said the DOJ requires a high standard of evidence to appoint a special counsel, which means he may not grant that request. "It needs to convey that - if Trump makes good on this threat - any person out marching with their sign is at risk of having the Justice Department come and get them". The president has repeatedly and publicly attacked the department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and senior officials at those agencies, complaining that he wishes he could have more control over how they pursue criminal cases. "They should be looking at a lot of things, and a lot of people are disappointed in the Justice Department, including me".

What's it going to take to actually get a special counsel? When House Republicans demanded a special counsel probe of the IRS' treatment of conservative groups during the Obama administration, the Justice Department stayed largely silent on the call until it issued a lengthy letter explaining the reasons prosecutors would not pursue charges in the case.

The report follows weeks of critical coverage on Pirro's show, "Justice with Judge Jeanine", and elsewhere on Fox, of the 2016 deal that allowed a Russian nuclear agency to purchase Uranium One, a Canadian company that owns access to uranium in the USA.

"Why in 2016 did FBI Director James Comey call the Clinton Investigation a "matter", not an investigation?"

In response to the silence from the Justice Department, Reps. After all, Mr. Comey wasn't Director of the Federal Bureau of Matters.

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Republicans have questioned the deal, approved during the Obama administration, which gave Russian companies control of about 20 percent of US uranium deposits.

"Why did Robert Mueller not inform CFIUS?"

Replying to Jordan, Sessions said: "That's the only thing I can tell you, Mr Jordan".

"Are you recused from investigations that involved Secretary Clinton?"

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