Ses­sions re­jects calls for Hil­lary Clin­ton in­quiry

The Guardian - - INTERNATIONAL - Sab­rina Sid­diqui Wash­ing­ton

The US at­tor­ney gen­eral, Jeff Ses­sions, said yes­ter­day there was “not enough ev­i­dence” to ap­point a special coun­sel to in­ves­ti­gate Hil­lary Clin­ton, one day af­ter re­ports sur­faced that he had au­tho­rised se­nior prose­cu­tors at the Depart­ment of Jus­tice to eval­u­ate an in­quiry into the Clin­ton Foun­da­tion.

Tes­ti­fy­ing be­fore the House ju­di­ciary com­mit­tee, Ses­sions also ap­peared to push back on Don­ald Trump’s in­sis­tence that the FBI should fo­cus on in­ves­ti­gat­ing Clin­ton rather than po­ten­tial col­lu­sion be­tween his own pres­i­den­tial cam­paign and Rus­sia. “The Depart­ment of Jus­tice can never be used to re­tal­i­ate po­lit­i­cally against op­po­nents. That would be wrong,” Ses­sions said when asked about Trump’s calls for the depart­ment to in­ves­ti­gate his ri­val in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial race.

“The pres­i­dent speaks his mind – he is bold and di­rect about what he says,” Ses­sions added. “We do our duty ev­ery day based on the facts.”

Trump and Repub­li­cans have been clam­our­ing for the jus­tice depart­ment to ex­am­ine the sale of a ura­nium com­pany to a Rus­sian agency in 2010, de­spite no ev­i­dence of im­pro­pri­ety. The deal was ap­proved by the Depart­ment of State when Clin­ton was at its helm.

In a heated ex­change with Jim Jor­dan, a Repub­li­can who asked what it would take to ap­point a special coun­sel to in­ves­ti­gate Clin­ton, Ses­sions said: “You can have your idea, but some­times we have to study what the facts are and to eval­u­ate whether it meets the stan­dards it re­quires.”

Jeff Ses­sions, the US at­tor­ney gen­eral, said: ‘The Depart­ment of Jus­tice can never be used to re­tal­i­ate po­lit­i­cally against op­po­nents’

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