Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Jeff Sessions rebuffed a Republican who wants to investigate Comey

Jeff Sessions rebuffed a Republican who wants to investigate Comey

Jordan grilled Sessions on various claims that the Obama-era Federal Bureau of Investigation colluded with Democrats to elevate the dossier put together by ex-British spy Christopher Steele that made various Russian-related allegations about President Trump.

The Washington Post reported Monday US time that Mr Sessions has directed senior prosecutors to investigate alleged wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation and the controversial sale of a uranium company to Russian Federation when Mrs Clinton was secretary of state in the Obama administration.

"You can be sure that they will be done without political influence and they will be done correctly and properly", he said.

"'Looks like, ' not enough basis to appoint a special counsel", he told the House Judiciary Committee.

It's alleged that the Obama administration only approved the deal after a US$145million donation was given to the Clinton's charitable foundation.

A federal law enforcement official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak freely, said the move is particularly frustrating because numerous subjects Sessions says could fall under the purview of a special counsel were previously investigated by the FBI or are under investigation by the Justice Department's inspector general.

McCarthy also said he thought it was a mistake, legally and politically, for the Justice Department to publicly suggest that it might appoint a special counsel. Is a special prosecutor needed to investigate Clinton's dealings?

"It would take a factual basis that meets the standards of the appointment of a special counsel", Sessions responded after Jordan read off a list of reasons why he believed an appointment was necessary. You can have your idea, but sometimes we have to study what the facts are and to evaluate whether it meets the standard that requires a special counsel.

"I don't know what Sessions is going to do here, but I don't see any good reason for the Justice Department, in a situation where it's not the administration investigating itself, to appoint a special counsel", he said.

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

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), the ranking Democrat on the committee, asked Sessions a series of questions early in the hearing about the DOJ's role and if it was proper for it to be influenced by Trump, citing a number of tweets where the president called on the Justice Department to take action against Clinton.

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