Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked federal prosecutors to “evaluate certain issues” brought up by House Republicans, including alleged ties between the Clinton Foundation and the sale of Uranium One.
Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee sent two letters to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein this summer, asking for the appointment of another special counsel to probe matters outside the purview of the Mueller investigation.
“The Department of Justice … takes seriously its responsibility to provide timely and accurate information to Congress on issues of public interest, and seeks to do so in a non-political manner that is consistent with the Department’s litigation, law enforcement, and national security responsibilities,” assistant attorney general Stephen Boyd wrote.
Trump has repeatedly criticized the Justice Department for not aggressively investigating a variety of conservative concerns, and was reportedly livid over Jeff Sessions recusing himself from the ongoing Russia probe.
Those prosecutors would “report directly to the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, as appropriate, and will make recommendations as to whether any matters not currently under investigation should be opened, whether any matters currently under investigation require further resources, or whether any matters merit the appointment of a Special Counsel,” Boyd added.
At a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, Sessions said it would be improper to use the Justice Department to retaliate against political opponents, arguing that he was not “improperly influenced” by any Trump tweets.
“Everybody is asking why the Justice Department (and FBI) isn’t looking into all of the dishonesty going on with Crooked Hillary & the Dems,” Trump said in a series of tweets earlier this month.”New Donna B book says she paid for and stole the Dem Primary. What about the deleted E-mails, Uranium, Podesta, the Server, plus, plus… People are angry. At some point the Justice Department, and the FBI, must do what is right and proper. The American public deserves it!”
Furthermore, Sessions’ testimony suggested the appointment of a special counsel was still being weighed and is far from coming to fruition. “Looks like it’s not enough basis to appoint a special counsel,” Sessions said in response to a question from Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).
Another interesting development came Tuesday when it was reported that Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro denounced Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his refusal to go after Clinton in a November 1st meeting with the president.
“Everything I said to President Trump is exactly what I’ve vocalized on my show,” Pirro said via a network spokesperson.
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