Sessions Throws Cold Water On GOP Fever To Appoint New Special Counsel

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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.

Sessions vowed Tuesday to decide quickly on whether to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton's alleged mishandling of classified materials.

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.

It comes just weeks after a Trump tweet on November 3 in which the president said he was disappointed with his "beleaguered attorney general" and that allegations about the Clintons and the Obama administration had not been investigated.

But while the Mueller-led special counsel team meanders, there is uncertainty about whether issues like the Uranium One deal and fusion Global Positioning System will receive a thorough investigation.

He did not, however, rule out that a special counsel could be appointed if the proper standards were met.

"Well, Mr. Comey is no longer the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation". "They should be looking at a lot of things, and a lot of people are disappointed in the Justice Department, including me".

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"Jeff Sessions needs to follow his prosecutorial instincts and open a federal criminal investigation into the actions of Hillary Rodham Clinton and impanel a grand jury immediately", Pirro said in a September episode of her show.

What's it going to take to actually get a special counsel?

Listed among those issues was the sale of mining company Uranium One to Russian Federation and possible ties to The Clinton Foundation.

In his testimony, Sessions did say that he believed his recusal would not bar him from appointing a special counsel to investigate possible wrongdoing involving Uranium One, a Canadian mining company with US assets that was purchased by Russia's nuclear energy agency.

Former FBI chief, Robert Mueller, is now investigating links between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation during the run-up to last year's election. 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.

"Why did Robert Mueller not inform CFIUS?"

"I have not been improperly influenced and would not be improperly influenced", Mr. Sessions said.

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