Dem Reads Trump Tweets During Sessions Hearing

Sessions pressed on lack of minorities on staff US attorney nominees

Sessions pressed on lack of minorities on staff US attorney nominees

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.

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.

It's an important exchange, especially as Republicans in Congress also want a special counsel to look into Uranium One, where Republicans claimedClinton gave Russian Federation 20 percent of America's uranium when she was secretary of state.

"Each of those are pretty special factual situations, and we will use the proper standards, and that's the only thing I can tell you, Mr. Jordan" Sessions said.

The department also confirmed that it was considering a special counsel to investigate the foundation of former president Bill Clinton, and its ties to companies involved in a deal that sold U.S. uranium rights to a Russian state company.

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

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.

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.

But Sessions said the DOJ requires a high standard of evidence to appoint a special counsel, which means he may not grant that request.

It would take a factual basis that meets the standards of the appointment of a special counsel.

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.

"'Looks like' is not enough basis to appoint a special counsel", Sessions said.

"We know the Clinton campaign, the Democrat National Committee, paid for through the law firm, paid for the dossier". "But my concern is we sent you a letter three and a half months ago asking for a second special counsel". And, President Donald Trump has repeatedly shown disappointment that the department isn't looking into "Crooked Hillary".

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