Is special counsel needed to investigate Clinton, Comey?

Wednesday, 15 Nov, 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. And he will be bracing for an onslaught of lawmakers' questions about how much he knew of that outreach during last year's White House campaign.

In testimony before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, Sessions acknowledged he attended a meeting with George Papadopoulos, a former campaign adviser who pleaded guilty last month to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He said recently that officials there "should be looking at the Democrats" and that it was "very discouraging" they were not "going after Hillary Clinton".

Rep. John Conyers, a Democrat from MI, used his time during a hearing with Attorney General Jeff Sessions to read out President Trump's tweets.

The president has said the Justice Department should instead be investigating Mrs. Clinton's involvement in the Uranium One deal and donations to her family's charitable foundation.

Asked in a House Judiciary Committee hearing whether he would review requests for a prosecutor "fairly and expeditiously", Sessions confirmed he would.

"Nobody! Nobody - not you or anyone else, should be prosecuted, not me.for answering a question the way I did in this hearing".

Sessions recused himself from investigations related to Russian interference in the elections shortly after taking office as attorney general.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, left, and Sen.

Sessions has previously faced repeated questions from senators about his role in the campaign and the investigation into Russian meddling in the United States election.

"After reading his account, and to the best of my recollection, I believe that I wanted to make clear to him that he was not authorised to represent the campaign with the Russian government, or any other foreign government, for that matter", Sessions said on Tuesday. Papadopoulos recently pled guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his communications with foreign nationals. Mr. Trump wrote in a Twitter post on October 19.

In court records, prosecutors said Papadopoulos told a March 31, 2016 meeting of campaign officials that he had Russian connections and could help arrange a meeting with Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Goodlatte said in his opening remarks that he felt Sessions had generally done a good job in his first nine months as attorney general, though he noted his tenure had "not been without difficulty".

Democrats say that five congressional committees have looked into the uranium sale and found nothing improper.

"'Looks like, ' not enough basis to appoint a special counsel", he told the House Judiciary Committee.

He did, however, say he stands by his January statement that "the proper thing for me to do would be for me to recuse myself" on matters involving Clinton, given his past involvement in the Trump campaign.

Well, it's in the manual of the Department of Justice about what's required.

But according to released testimony to the House Intelligence Committee by former Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page, Page met with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich in July 2016 at an event in Moscow and briefed the campaign before and after the trip.