With special counsel Robert Mueller closing in, Trump supporters have been in panic-mode looking for anything to pin on Hillary Clinton. So, their latest Benghazi is the 2010 uranium deal. Republicans have been itching for the Department of Justice to appoint a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton, but Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday just shocked conservatives by pushing back on calls to probe the matter which has already been largely debunked.
During a heated exchange with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) at a Tuesday House Judiciary Committee meeting, Sessions said it would take “a factual basis that meets the standard of a special counsel” for the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel.
Jordan said he thought evidence unearthed in the last year about how FBI decided not to charge Clinton over her handling of classified information at the State Department appeared to be enough to warrant a special counsel.
“‘Looks like’ is not enough basis to appoint a special counsel,” Sessions responded.
“We will use the proper standards and that’s the only thing I can tell you, Mr. Jordan,” Sessions continued. “You can have your idea but sometimes we have to study what the facts are and to evaluate whether it meets the standards it requires.”
Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI) asked Sessions about the appropriateness of Trump’s public efforts to meddle in the work of the Department of Justice as he projected several of Donald’s tweets.
Trump has repeatedly hammered Sessions and the Department of Justice to launch further probes of Clinton.
Sessions told the committee it would be inappropriate for the president to direct him to target a political rival.
“I have not been improperly influenced and would not be improperly influenced” by Trump, he said.
“I would say the Department of Justice can never be used to retaliate politically against opponents, and that would be wrong,” he added.
After that, conservative heads exploded across the country.
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