House Republicans give AG Sessions an ultimatum: Investigate Clinton-Comey or resign

Freedom Caucus founder Jim Jordan is one of the leading voices pushing for Attorney General Sessions to create a probe to look into James Comey

Freedom Caucus founder Jim Jordan is one of the leading voices pushing for Attorney General Sessions to create a probe to look into James Comey

Attorney General Jeff Sessions' public suggestion that he may appoint a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton has alarmed current and former Justice Department officials who fear he will further politicize the embattled agency. At that hearing, Sessions refused to answer questions regarding private conversations he had with President Donald Trump, claiming that executive privilege prevented him from revealing the information, even though Trump had never formally invoked the privilege. With Sessions due to testify before the Goodlatte's own committee later Tuesday morning, increasing pressure coming from the White House and the continuing Sword of Damocles hanging over the attorney general's job security, it's easy to see why the requests from congressional Republicans elicited more than a standard "we'll look into it" reply - and why that reply came when it did.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions threw some cold water on increasing calls from the right for a second special counsel to investigate 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

But while appearing before the House Judiciary Committee, Sessions said that he did not believe there was a sufficient basis for carrying out the same. "That would be wrong", Mr. Sessions told the committee when asked whether the president can use the criminal justice system for retaliatory purposes. "It needs to convey that - if Trump makes good on this threat - any person out marching with their sign is at risk of having the Justice Department come and get them".

Sessions insisted in his testimony that he is not leaning one way or the other on the appointment of a new special counsel and that he is awaiting a detailed presentation from senior officials at the Justice Department. FBI Director James Comey was sacked.

In several angry tweets November 3, the president called again for investigations of Clinton and Democrats, saying, "at some point the Justice Department, and the FBI, must do what is right and proper".

"Why is the Special Counsel Robert Mueller?".


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.

"Why in 2016 did FBI Director James Comey call the Clinton Investigation a "matter", not an investigation?"

President Trump has repeatedly called on the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in recent weeks to investigate "crooked Hillary". After all, Mr. Comey wasn't Director of the Federal Bureau of Matters. Republicans have suggested that the deal, which required USA approval from a multiagency board that included Clinton's State Department, should have been blocked because of a separate corruption probe involving Russian uranium shipments.

"Why did Robert Mueller not inform CFIUS?"

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

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