Sessions Pressed on Lack of Diversity at the Justice Department

Sessions Pressed on Lack of Diversity at the Justice Department

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".

The report follows weeks of critical coverage on Pirro's show, "Justice with Judge Jeanine", and elsewhere on Fox, of the 2016 deal that allowed a Russian nuclear agency to purchase Uranium One, a Canadian company that owns access to uranium in the USA.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions batted back accusations Tuesday that he succumbed to political pressure to appoint federal prosecutors to review the FBI's handling of an investigation into Russia's purchase of uranium rights and connections to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He said the decision about whether to appoint a second special counsel to investigate the Uranium One deal and large donations made to the Clinton Foundation would be made according to longstanding rules.

"To have the winning side exploring the possibility of prosecuting the losing side in an election - it's un-American, and it's grotesque", said John Danforth, a former special counsel who investigated the FBI's role in a violent standoff with a cult in Waco, Tex.

"Dangling [a special counsel] is unsafe, period", he said.

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

Politico interviewed some of Clinton's former aides, who said the focus should remain on the current special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the election and whether Trump's campaign colluded in any way. 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.

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

Sessions noted that there have only ever been two special counsels: one for the Waco siege in April 1993, and Robert Mueller's probe into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

Pressed on whether he has recused himself from any investigation of Clinton, Sessions declined to comment, citing department policy that he said keeps him from confirming or denying the existence of any such investigation.

Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy said he doubted there was any prosecutor appointment or assignment that would lead to Mueller stepping down.

Asked by ABC's Jonathan Karl if he was considering firing Sessions over such frustrations, Trump replied, "I don't know".

"You should never float the idea on your side, because when you float the idea, you are at least suggesting there's a possibility you may not be capable of doing the job yourself for ethical reasons", he explained.

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