During testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Sessions told Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of OH that something that "looks like" it is worthy of the appointment of a special counsel "is not enough basis to appoint one". "They don't like feeling that they are political tools to be used by the president". 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.
Peter Zeidenberg, who once served as deputy special counsel in the investigation of former White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby, said "the best-case scenario" is that the attorney general is trying simply to mollify an angry president and doesn't really plan to name a special counsel.
He did, however, say he stands by his January statement that "the proper thing for me to do would be for me to recuse myself" on matters involving Clinton, given his past involvement in the Trump campaign. Take a minute today to stand up for respecting state marijuana laws and tell Sessions we won't accept any attempts to crack down on these important programs.
But it's hard to avoid the perception of presidential influence.
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.
On Nov. 3, after Sen.
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If one is appointed to probe Clinton matters, "I think the vast majority of people at DOJ would be completely disgusted and demoralized by it, " said Zeidenberg, referring to the Justice Department. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said in a TV interview that she thought the Democratic primaries were imbalanced in Clinton's favor, the president tweeted: "Pocahontas just stated that the Democrats, lead by the legendary Crooked Hillary Clinton, rigged the Primaries!"
Replying to Jordan, Sessions said: "That's the only thing I can tell you, Mr Jordan. But honestly they should be looking at the Democrats", Trump said. People are angry. At some point the Justice Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, must do what is right and proper.
The president may be a little less disappointed now.
One of the areas that Republicans want investigated is whether donations to the Clinton Foundation may have been tied to political favors by Clinton or any of her subordinates when she was secretary of state.
At today's congressional hearing with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., renewed his request for the appointment of second special counsel - this one to investigate the operations of the Clinton Foundation and a sale of a uranium company to Russian Federation, among other issues.
"Whataboutism" is now dangerously close to becoming U.S. Justice Department policy.