Amid Hints of Special Counsel, Hillary Aides Push Trump Focus

Amid Hints of Special Counsel, Hillary Aides Push Trump Focus

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.

Some conservatives say a special counsel appointment could have consequences far beyond Clinton.

"I would say "looks like" is not enough basis to appoint a special counsel", he said.

"This is not the first time [Trump] has done this, it's at least the fifth, starting with saying he'd put her in jail", former aide to Clinton at the State Department Philippe Reines said. Democrats have criticized this as a ploy to deflect attention from the special counsel probing Trump campaign interactions with the Kremlin and potential effects on the 2016 presidential election.

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. "They don't like feeling that they are political tools to be used by the president".

"Are you recused from investigations that involved Secretary Clinton?"

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"It would take a factual basis that meets the standards of the appointment of a special counsel", Sessions said. We have only had two.

It's impossible to not think back to Jackson's warning in considering the growing requests from congressional Republicans - and plenty of outside voices - that the Justice Department find a way to "lock her up", and to investigate Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation, and anyone related thereto for anything that might plausibly (or, as in the case of the Canadian mining company Uranium One and its sale to Russia's nuclear energy agency during the Obama administration, implausibly) lead to criminal charges.

The committee members say they're also concerned about what they call "potentially unlawful global dealings" and alleged connections between foreign entities and the Clinton campaign or foundation. "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".

"And it sure looks like the FBI was paying the author of that document, and it sure looks like a major political party was working with the federal government to then turn an opposition research document - the equivalent of a National Enquirer story - take that document to a FISA court so that they could then get a warrant to spy on Americans associated with President Trump", he said.

That's what it looks like, and I'm asking you: Doesn't that warrant - in addition to all the things we know about James Comey in 2016 - doesn't that warrant naming a second special counsel, as 20 members of this committee wrote you three and a half months ago asking you to do?

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