Many around the nation are saying “Finally!” as Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he might now appoint a special counsel to investigate the Hillary Clinton shenanigans.
Over the weekend, GOP leaders pleaded with Sessions to get it right and do his job. For a while now, Republicans have been urging Sessions to open an investigation.
The House Judiciary Committee has been investigating the Clinton matters for a while. Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) asked sessions in July and again in September to appoint a special counsel.
Republicans have a long list of Clinton misdeeds, going all the way back to her use of a private email server while serving as Obama’s Secretary of State. The Clinton Foundation possible pay-to-play scheme is listed as well, as is Clinton’s role in the Uranium One deal involving the much publicized and controversial sale of uranium mining interests in Wyoming from a Canadian company to a Russian state-owned firm. Oh, and they also want to investigate the leaks that former FBI Director Jim Comey directed.
Sessions drew the ire of Republicans and a very vocal Trump when he recused himself from the investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible Russian ties. Sessions served as Alabama’s Republican Senator before Trump’s appointment of him as AG. Sessions’ deputy AG is Rod Rosenstein who then appointed Robert Mueller, a person who Republicans say has colossal conflicts of interest with Comey and others pertinent to the investigation.
Sessions hasn’t appointed a second special prosecutor just yet, but he has directed senior-level federal prosecutors to look into some of the Clinton matters. Findings will be reported directly to Sessions. Federal prosecutors will recommend whether matters should be opened or whether any require a special counsel.
The prosecutors have not said whether any of Clinton’s scandals take precedence over her other scandals, but that they will investigate all of them to “better enable the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General to more effectively evaluate and manage the caseload.”
The prosecutors also revealed that the Inspector General was already investigating the Clinton email case. They’ll wait until that investigation is done and then determine if there is anything that remains to be assessed. They’ve vowed to conduct all investigations with the utmost integrity and the highest standards of justice.
Trump has been very critical of the Justice Department for not investigating this host of concerns. Trump publicly criticized Sessions, even saying that he would not have appointed Sessions as AG if he knew he would recuse himself.
Prior to Sessions’ nomination, Trump said during his campaign that he would have his attorney general appointee investigate Clinton. That drew sharp criticism from the left condemning Trump for putting his political opponent in jail for offenses committed during a political election. The left is criticizing Sessions’ latest interest in the Clinton issues as a mere distraction to steer attention away from Mueller’s Russian probe.
Yet many Trump supporters wonder why Clinton seems untouchable. Fox News’ Sean Hannity said he thought Clinton could shoot someone point blank and not be prosecuted. The email server, Clinton Foundation and Uranium One is fairly old news—those allegations have been around for a while. But Donna Brazile’s latest revelations in her book “Hacks” accuse Clinton of taking over the Democratic National Committee (DNC) while she was a candidate, an unprecedented no-no in our national history.
The House Committee says they want to “restore public confidence in our nation’s justice system and its investigators”, and that’s why they’re asking for the Clinton probe. Nineteen House Republicans, including Goodlatte, signed the letter.
The House called for a second special counsel because they feel that Mueller’s current investigation does not have a broad mandate to cover these other matters—Hillary, Comey, and oh let’s not forget the Loretta Lynch tarmac incident with Bill Clinton.
Also on the Republicans’ list is the unmasking that occurred in the intelligence community. Obama’s administration, in his last year of 2016, unmasked at the rate of one person per day, an unprecedented occurrence in our nation. This led to the wiretapping of Trump in Trump Tower.
Special counsels are usually appointed in cases of extraordinary circumstances or when it is well within the public interest to make the appointment.