Sessions gives Trump what he wants - a return to 'Crooked Hillary'

Lester Mason
November 15, 2017

"'Looks like, ' not enough basis to appoint a special counsel", he told the House Judiciary Committee. "That would be wrong", Mr. Sessions told the committee when asked whether the president can use the criminal justice system for retaliatory purposes. At some point, though, if you're Hillary Clinton, you won't be surprised if there's some investigation into you for something you're convinced you never did.

The attorney general previously recused himself from matters related to the 2016 presidential campaign.

Sessions will likely face questions regarding his knowledge of conversations between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, such as those described in the statement by George Papdopoulos, which wasn't released to the public until after Sessions' Senate hearing. "A president can not improperly influence an investigation, and I have not been improperly influenced". In a celebrated 1940 address that's still required reading for federal prosecutors today, Attorney General (and later Supreme Court Justice) Robert Jackson identified the Justice Department's ability to "choose [its] defendants" as "the most unsafe power of the prosecutor: that he will pick people that he thinks he should get, rather than pick cases that need to be prosecuted".

On Nov. 3, after Sen.

"This is not the first time [Trump] has done this, it's at least the fifth, starting with saying he'd put her in jail", former aide to Clinton at the State Department Philippe Reines said.

Jordan and Gaetz targeted Loretta Lynch, specifically her meeting with former President Bill Clinton on an airport tarmac-and subsequently emailing public relations staff at the Justice Department under the pseudonym "Elizabeth Carlisle".

Freedom Caucus founder Jim Jordan is one of the leading voices pushing for Attorney General Sessions to create a probe to look into James Comey
Freedom Caucus founder Jim Jordan is one of the leading voices pushing for Attorney General Sessions to create a probe to look into James Comey

A day earlier, the Washington Post reported Sessions ordered top prosecutors in the department to look into these areas and report back to him, possibly to make the case for a special prosecutor.

"I'm really not involved with the Justice Department". "They should be looking at a lot of things, and a lot of people are disappointed in the Justice Department, including me".

The president may be a little less disappointed now.

A former special counsel who led the investigation into the 1993 tear-gas assault by the FBI in Waco, Texas, slammed Attorney General Jeff Sessions' suggestion Tuesday he may appoint a special counsel to investigate former Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, calling it "un-American" and "grotesque".

Under Sessions' direction, the Justice Department is now examining allegations that donations to the Clinton Foundation were related to an Obama administration decision to give a Russian nuclear agency access to uranium in the United States. So it's possible Sessions' recusal from the topic will stand.

"Whataboutism" is now dangerously close to becoming U.S. Justice Department policy.

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