Hillary Clinton could face Trump-inspired probe

Hillary Clinton could face Trump-inspired probe

Hillary Clinton could face Trump-inspired probe

Jordan has led the charge of GOP lawmakers calling for a special counsel investigation to be launched in addition to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe. But that's demonstrably not true, which would make a special counsel appointment very odd.

"We will use the proper standards, and that's the only thing I can tell you Mr. Jordan", Sessions said.

Republicans have said special counsel Robert Mueller can not impartially investigate the matter because he led the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the time of the deal.

Sessions did not give a straight answer.

You can see the Jordan-Sessions exchange - lightly edited for clarity and length - below.

McCarthy also said he thought it was a mistake, legally and politically, for the Justice Department to publicly suggest that it might appoint a special counsel.

"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.

Freedom Caucus founder Jim Jordan is one of the leading voices pushing for Attorney General Sessions to create a probe to look into James Comey
Freedom Caucus founder Jim Jordan is one of the leading voices pushing for Attorney General Sessions to create a probe to look into James Comey

Is that analysis going on right now?

The first year of the Trump administration has been a turbulent one for the Justice Department. We have only had two.

But even though a special counsel hasn't been appointed, questions about the independence of the hypothetical investigation are already swirling. Each of those are pretty special, factual situations, and we will use the proper standards. 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.

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.

"It seems they're frustrated by the Mueller investigation, and they think, 'Why don't we get one to look at the Clinton stuff?' And that's just not the way it's supposed to work", he said. "It sure looks like the FBI was paying the author of that document and it sure looks like a major political party was working with the federal government" to damage Trump, Jordan said.

US Congressman Adam Schiff tweeted, "If the AG bends to pressure from President Trump and his allies, and appoints a special counsel to investigate Trump's vanquished rival, it could spell the end of the DOJ as an independent institution".

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