Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

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

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

Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), that it was considering appointing a special counsel to investigate alleged Clinton misdeeds.

Sessions pushed backed, saying a special counsel is only appointed if there is enough evidence to merit that appointment.

The line of questioning came weeks after Trump publicly called for the Justice Department to investigate Clinton, lamenting that the "saddest thing is that because I'm the president of the United States, I am not supposed to be involved with the Justice Department".

Now, a Justice Department letter dated November 13 says Sessions directed federal prosecutors to "evaluate certain issues" from the list of concerns and figure out if they warrant additional resources or a special counsel.

In a few more (and more pleasant) words, the basic but undeniable gist of the communique is that the Justice Department will look into the matter, period. Democrats have criticized this as a ploy to deflect attention from the special counsel probing Trump campaign interactions with the Kremlin and potential effects on the 2016 presidential election.

If these protections go away, there is no guarantee that the Department of Justice won't begin to implement federal prohibition laws in states that have moved in a more common sense direction on marijuana policy. Clinton was being investigated for using a private email server during her time as secretary of state.

"Why is the Special Counsel Robert Mueller?". We have only had two.

But while the Mueller-led special counsel team meanders, there is uncertainty about whether issues like the Uranium One deal and fusion Global Positioning System will receive a thorough investigation.

The first year of the Trump administration has been a turbulent one for the Justice Department. Each of those are pretty special, factual situations, and we will use the proper standards.

On Monday the Justice Department informed the committee it was weighing proposals to name an special independent counsel to investigate the FBI's handling of a probe past year into the Democrat Clinton's use of a personal server for official and in some cases classified emails, in breach of government rules. "You can have your idea, but sometimes we have to study what the facts are and to evaluate whether it meets the standard that requires a special counsel".

"Why is the Federal Bureau of Investigation so reluctant to tell Congress and the American people if the dossier was the basis for a FISA court order permitting the government to spy on Americans associated with President Trump's campaign?"

That's what it looks like, and I'm asking you: Doesn't that warrant - in addition to all the things we know about James Comey in 2016 - doesn't that warrant naming a second special counsel, as 20 members of this committee wrote you three and a half months ago asking you to do?

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