Saturday, 25 November, 2017

We Need Your Help to Protect Patients from Jeff Sessions

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
Melinda Barton | 15 November, 2017, 06:37

Attorney General Jeff Sessions acknowledged Tuesday that he's recommended only one black candidate to be a USA attorney, one of the highest-profile positions in the Justice Department.

The Washington Post reported Monday US time that Mr Sessions has directed senior prosecutors to investigate alleged wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation and the controversial sale of a uranium company to Russian Federation when Mrs Clinton was secretary of state in the Obama administration. Sessions, who agreed that diversity matters, also acknowledged he didn't know how many special agents were in charge of Federal Bureau of Investigation field offices.

A careful reading of the letter released Monday, however, shows that it might be Congress, not the Justice Department, that's really in danger of forgetting about the damage politically motivated prosecutions could do.

Goodlatte wants a special counsel to look into several matters, including Clinton's use of a private email servers while secretary of state, the purchase of a Canadian uranium mining company by Russia's nuclear agency, leaks by former FBI Director James Comey about a conversation with President Trump, and financial dealings by the Clinton Foundation.

"If he (Mr Sessions) or his deputy authorises a new investigation of Mrs. Clinton, it would shatter norms established after Watergate that are meant to prevent presidents from using law enforcement agencies against political rivals", The New York Times said today.

But while the Mueller-led special counsel team meanders, there is uncertainty about whether issues like the Uranium One deal and fusion Global Positioning System will receive a thorough investigation. FBI Director James Comey was sacked.

He did not, however, rule out that a special counsel could be appointed if the proper standards were met.

For that reason, Sessions' suggestion has raised fresh questions about the independence of the Justice Department in the Trump administration.

What's it going to take to actually get a special counsel?

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". A separate Clinton Foundation-related federal probe has been ongoing in Virginia, but its final disposition is still unclear, according to people familiar with the matter.

It would take a factual basis that meets the standards of the appointment of a special counsel.

Republicans have questioned the deal, approved during the Obama administration, which gave Russian companies control of about 20 percent of US uranium deposits.

"Are you recused from investigations that involved Secretary Clinton?"

"Why did Robert Mueller not inform CFIUS?"

"After another heated exchange, Sessions said, "'Looks like' is not enough basis to appoint a special counsel". "You should never float the idea on your side, because when you float the idea, you are at least suggesting there's a possibility you may not be capable of doing the job yourself for ethical reasons".