Sessions Won't Promise Special Counsel for Uranium One

Sessions Won't Promise Special Counsel for Uranium One

Prosecutors' findings - including a potential recommendation for a broader inquiry, led by a special counsel - will be reported to the attorney general or the deputy attorney "as appropriate", according to a Justice Department letter sent to key House Republicans.

Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, raised a similar concern on Twitter last night: "If the AG bends to pressure from President Trump and his allies, and appoints a special counsel to investigate Trump's vanquished rival, it could spell the end of the DOJ as an independent institution". The objective would be to investigate whether top officials in then-President Barack Obama's administration knew about bribery allegations surrounding the acquisition of Uranium One by the subsidiary of a Russian energy firm.

The deal gave the Russian company a controlling interest in a fifth of US uranium reserves.

Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), that it was considering appointing a special counsel to investigate alleged Clinton misdeeds.

"Everybody is asking why the Justice Department (and FBI) isn't looking into all of the dishonesty going on with Crooked Hillary & the Dems". "That's what it looks like".

"Each of those are pretty special factual situations, and we will use the proper standards, and that's the only thing I can tell you, Mr. Jordan" Sessions said.

Sessions, testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, was grilled by Democratic lawmakers about the letter, implying that the possible investigations into Uranium One and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server were being politically influenced by President Donald Trump.

Jordan appeared unhappy with that answer. He also expressed dissatisfaction with the conduct of former FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired in March.

"Well, Mr. Comey is no longer the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation". People are angry. At some point the Justice Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, must do what is right and proper.

More broadly, though, the renewed scrutiny of Clinton and the foundation reflects a political score Trump has a stated interest in settling, at a time that he would like far less interest in his own campaign's contacts with Russian Federation. "He was the investigator, not the prosecutor".

It also follows interviews in which Mr Trump said he was "very frustrated" that he couldn't get the department of Justice or FBI to investigate what he believed was wrongdoing under his predecessor.

"It seems as though he latched on to the statements made by President Obama, and he more or less implied and implemented it into an interpretation of the statute that word "intent" as if it were a condition before there could be any kind of prosecution for a violation of" the statute, he said.

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.

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