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.
Jordan grilled Sessions on various claims that the Obama-era Federal Bureau of Investigation colluded with Democrats to elevate the dossier put together by ex-British spy Christopher Steele that made various Russian-related allegations about President Trump. 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.
Sessions testified at an open hearing in front of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, and Conyers chose to base his first line of questioning on the following Trump tweets. But there is no evidence that Clinton herself was involved in the USA government's approval of the deal.
"I have not been improperly influenced and would not be improperly influenced" by the president, Sessions said.
The Washington Post reported that the justice department is considering a special counsel to investigate numerous matters after House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. "And if you're now just considering it, what is it going to take to get a special counsel?"
But even though a special counsel hasn't been appointed, questions about the independence of the hypothetical investigation are already swirling.
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"It would take a factual basis that meets the standards of the appointment of a special counsel", Sessions responded after Jordan read off a list of reasons why he believed an appointment was necessary.
But Sessions said the DOJ requires a high standard of evidence to appoint a special counsel, which means he may not grant that request. "We will use the proper standards, and that's the only thing I can tell you, Mr. Jordan".
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?
Sessions added: "I would say the Department of Justice can never be used to retaliate politically against opponents, and that would be wrong".
The committee members say they're also concerned about what they call "potentially unlawful worldwide dealings" and alleged connections between foreign entities and the Clinton campaign or foundation.
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