Sessions considers special counsel investigation into Clinton … finally

Violet Powell
November 15, 2017

In a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote that Sessions "has directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues raised in your letters".

But the court documents, and Papadopoulos' guilty plea for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation over his contacts with Russian officials, put new focus on Sessions' earlier testimony.

Sessions said he was aware of Trump's repeated suggestions that the Justice Department should investigate Clinton, but that his actions did not follow from the president's words.

Earlier this year, the department appointed a special counsel, the former F.B.I. director Robert S. Mueller III, to take over the government's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election and the possible involvement of Trump campaign aides.

But will Clinton herself ever be indicted as a result of Mueller's investigations?

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed Tuesday to decide quickly whether to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton's alleged mishandling of classified materials when she was secretary of state.

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.

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Sessions asked with a slight smirk.

Those claims have been denied by Clinton, who called them "baloney" and said there has been "no credible evidence [presented] by anyone".

"I have not been improperly influenced and would not be improperly influenced", Mr. Sessions said. The attorney general is erasing longstanding barriers between the president and the administration of justice, and seems close to violating his own pledge to Congress to recuse himself from all matters impacting Hillary Clinton. The Justice Department made the announcement Monday in responding to concerns from Republican lawmakers. Charging documents in that case indicate that Papadopoulos told the council "that he had connections that could help arrange a meeting between then-candidate Trump" and Russian President Vladimir Putin. If so, the Clintons could be investigated through normal Justice Department channels, although ironically that might be more dubious politically for Trump and Sessions than a special counsel would be.

The top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, Rep.

From Republicans, Sessions is likely to face inquiries on a host of matters they want investigated - including alleged wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation and the controversial sale of a uranium company to Russian Federation.

Sessions testified that he now remembers the meeting Papadopoulos, but his memory about conversations is limited.

In April 2015, The New York Times published an article echoing much of the Schweizer book, including one sensational contention that not long after the Russians said they wanted to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Bill Clinton received $500,000 for a speech in Moscow.

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