Why Are We Hearing About The Clinton Foundation And Jeff Sessions?

Cheryl Sanders
November 15, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday said he wasn't entirely sold on appointing a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton's and the FBI's possible role in the preparation of a salacious dossier on Donald Trump.

Republicans have said special counsel Robert Mueller can not impartially investigate the matter because he led the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the time of the deal.

Sessions testified at an open hearing in front of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, and Conyers chose to base his first line of questioning on the following Trump tweets.

President Trump insisted the allegations levelled at the Clinton Foundation be investigated as early as last year's presidential election, and has repeatedly criticised Mr Sessions and expressed his "disappointment" in the Justice Department. Is it a GOP smokescreen?

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday Nov. 14 2017 in Washington. Sessions is leaving open the possibility that a special counsel could be appointed to look into Clinton Foundation deal

For that reason, Sessions' suggestion has raised fresh questions about the independence of the Justice Department in the Trump administration.

The first year of the Trump administration has been a turbulent one for the Justice Department.

The announcement from the Attorney General comes after President Donald Trump's interview last week, where he said he was "sad" and "frustrated" that he was unable to be involved with the Justice Department or the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"We know the Clinton campaign, the Democrat National Committee, paid for through the law firm, paid for the dossier".

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. The deal, which has always been a talking point for right-leaning media outlets, allowed a Russian nuclear agency to purchase Uranium One, a Canadian mining firm with deep ties to America's uranium extraction capacity.

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.

Sessions pushed backed, saying a special counsel is only appointed if there is enough evidence to merit that appointment.

Jordan has led the charge of GOP lawmakers calling for a special counsel investigation to be launched in addition to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

"It seems they're frustrated by the Mueller investigation, and they think, 'Why don't we get one to look at the Clinton stuff?' And that's just not the way it's supposed to work", he said.

"The Department of Justice can never be used to retaliate politically against opponents... that would be wrong", Mr Sessions said.

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