Clin­ton faces cor­rup­tion in­quiry... but not be­cause of Trump, says Ses­sions

The Daily Telegraph - - World news - By Ben Ri­ley-smith US EDI­TOR

JEFF SES­SIONS yes­ter­day de­nied Don­ald Trump’s tweets were in­flu­enc­ing his de­ci­sions as it emerged he may launch an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Hil­lary Clin­ton cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions.

Mr Ses­sions, the US at­tor­ney gen­eral, said Mr Trump is “bold and di­rect” in ex­press­ing his views but promised his de­ci­sions would be based on facts alone.

He played down the row by deny­ing he had been “im­prop­erly in­flu­enced” by the US pres­i­dent and ad­mit­ting such be­hav­iour would be “wrong”.

It fol­lowed the rev­e­la­tion that Mr Ses­sions is con­sid­er­ing ap­point­ing a special coun­sel to look at top­ics linked to Mrs Clin­ton, the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date who lost to Mr Trump. They in­clude al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion against her char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tion and the Rus­sian sale of a com­pany with ac­cess to US ura­nium when she was sec­re­tary of state.

In a sep­a­rate de­vel­op­ment, it was re­ported last night that the FBI is in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­most $400,000 (£303,000) worth of pay­ments from the Rus­sian for­eign min­istry. Many of the mys­tery pay­ments con­tained the line “to fi­nance elec­tion cam­paign of 2016”, in­clud­ing one of al­most $30,000 sent to its em­bassy in Wash­ing­ton DC.

Sixty wire trans­fers to Rus­sian em­bassies from Afghanistan to Nige­ria were be­ing looked into, Buz­zfeed News re­ported. It is un­clear for what the money was in­tended.

Mr Ses­sions, a stal­wart in Mr Trump’s cam­paign, has be­come the tar­get of the pres­i­dent’s anger for his fail­ure to stop the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into links be­tween the cam­paign and Rus­sia, as well as the Jus­tice Depart­ment’s fail­ure to in­ves­ti­gate Mrs Clin­ton and the Democrats.

Gov­ern­ment lawyers con­firmed Mr Ses­sions was con­sid­er­ing launch­ing a special coun­sel into Clin­ton-linked top­ics. It would coun­ter­bal­ance an­other by Robert Mueller, who is ruth­lessly pur­su­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Trump cam­paign links with Rus­sia.

Ear­lier this month Mr Trump said: “I am re­ally not in­volved with the Jus­tice Depart­ment. I’d like to let it run it­self. But hon­estly, they should be look­ing at the Democrats.”

Ap­pear­ing be­fore a con­gres­sional com­mit­tee yes­ter­day, Mr Ses­sions de­nied the de­ci­sion had any­thing to do with Mr Trump’s tweets or com­ments.

“I have not been im­prop­erly in­flu­enced and would not be im­prop­erly in­flu­enced,” Mr Ses­sions said.

He also said that the Jus­tice Depart­ment should “never be used to re­tal­i­ate against po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents”.

It has since emerged that Mr Ses­sions was present at a meet­ing when a cam­paign for­eign pol­icy ad­viser, Ge­orge Pa­padopou­los, talked about reach­ing out to the Rus­sians. Mr Ses­sions said he “pushed back” on the sug­ges­tion.

It also emerged Don­ald Trump Jr had mes­saged Wik­ileaks, the trans­parency body that re­leased Mrs Clin­ton’s hacked emails, dur­ing the cam­paign.

Jeff Ses­sions, the US at­tor­ney gen­eral, told the com­mit­tee yes­ter­day that he had not been in­flu­enced by tweets

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