Sessions rejects calls for Hillary Clinton inquiry
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’