Why Are We Hearing About The Clinton Foundation And Jeff Sessions?
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed Tuesday to decide quickly whether to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton's alleged mishandling of classified materials when she was secretary of state.
Let's back up: Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee sent letters to Sessions in July and September asking for a special counsel to look into more than a dozen issues.
During the 2016 election campaign he routinely led supporters in chants of "lock her up", but immediately after his victory said he would not be pursuing Mrs Clinton and thanked her for her distinguished public service.
Such an appointment could give President Donald Trump and Republicans a political counterweight to the ongoing work of special counsel Robert Mueller III, who is probing whether any Trump associates coordinated with the Russian government to interfere in last year's presidential election. [John] Danforth took over that investigation as special counsel - and Mr. Mueller. Is it a GOP smokescreen? That letter raised immediate concerns about the possible politicization of the DOJ because it seemed Sessions was willing to use right-wing talking points endorsed by the White House as grounds for a criminal probe into Clinton's time at the State Department.
The first year of the Trump administration has been a turbulent one for the Justice Department.
President Trump has repeatedly called on the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in recent weeks to investigate "crooked Hillary".
We know the Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee, paid for, through the law firm, paid for the dossier [that alleges Trump-Russia ties].
Specifically, if the approval of the sale was linked to donations to the foundation and what role, if any, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton played. The deal, which has always been a talking point for right-leaning media outlets, allowed a Russian nuclear agency to purchase Uranium One, a Canadian mining firm with deep ties to America's uranium extraction capacity.
As The Times reported, "Donors related to Uranium One and another company it acquired contributed millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation, and Bill Clinton received $500,000 from a Russian bank for a speech".
Sessions pushed backed, saying a special counsel is only appointed if there is enough evidence to merit that appointment. Fox News host Sean Hannity, who is also an informal adviser to the president, has called for a special counsel to probe the uranium deal and has said that because Mueller was the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the time Uranium One was purchased, Mueller should be removed from his role probing the Trump White House. "And if you're now just considering it, what is it going to take to get a special counsel?"
"The Department of Justice can never be used to retaliate politically against opponents... that would be wrong", Mr Sessions said.
Diamondbacks' Torey Lovullo wins NL Manager of Year
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Bill Gates Invests $80 Million in Arizona Smart City
Gates' investment group, Cascade Investment , is putting $80 million towards the new community, according to the Arizona Republic. The city would be having eight thousand homes and the remaining land of three thousand and four hundred acres would be open land.
JJ Abrams gave Jimmy Kimmel an epic surprise gift
The team included Muscle Man and Crayon Kid - plus there's an Oirish superhero in the mix in leprechaun hero Lucky Lad. Others in the trailer include Jon Hamm, Jennifer Aniston, Will Arnett, Ty Burrell, and Damon as the villainous Dr.