Jeff Sessions rebuffed a Republican who wants to investigate Comey

Sergio Conner
November 15, 2017

Those already critical of the administration have devoted a fair amount of energy to identifying all of the flaws in how the Justice Department responded compared to its predecessors, and they're not necessarily wrong.

Peter Zeidenberg, who once served as deputy special counsel in the investigation of former White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby, said "the best-case scenario" is that the attorney general is trying simply to mollify an angry president and doesn't really plan to name a special counsel.

The announcement of the new inquiry, coming on the eve of high-profile testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, had the immediate impact of subsuming news about Russian Federation - including new information about meetings Sessions previously said he had no recollection of.

But it also raised deeper concerns about the impartiality of the administration of justice.

The top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, Rep.

Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy likewise told the Post he doesn't see "any good reason for the Justice Department, in a situation where it's not the administration investigating itself, to appoint a special counsel".

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

Mr Page told the House intelligence committee earlier this month that he had informed some members of the Trump campaign about the trip, including Mr Sessions.

"They don't like feeling that they are political tools to be used by the president", he said. "A president can not improperly influence an investigation, and I have not been improperly influenced".

The Washington Post reported that the justice department is considering a special counsel to investigate numerous matters after House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep.

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On Nov. 3, after Sen.

Jordan and Gaetz targeted Loretta Lynch, specifically her meeting with former President Bill Clinton on an airport tarmac-and subsequently emailing public relations staff at the Justice Department under the pseudonym "Elizabeth Carlisle". "Lets go FBI & Justice Dept".

If one is appointed to probe Clinton matters, "I think the vast majority of people at DOJ would be completely disgusted and demoralized by it, " said Zeidenberg, referring to the Justice Department. "But honestly they should be looking at the Democrats", Trump said.

"There are significant concerns that the partisanship of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department [of Justice] has weakened the ability of each to act objectively".

The president may be a little less disappointed now.

The report follows weeks of critical coverage on Pirro's show, "Justice with Judge Jeanine", and elsewhere on Fox, of the 2016 deal that allowed a Russian nuclear agency to purchase Uranium One, a Canadian company that owns access to uranium in the USA.

But on closer inspection, Monday's letter promises nothing more than that senior federal prosecutors within the Justice Department will "evaluate certain issues raised" by Republicans and "will make recommendations as to whether any matters not now under investigation should be opened, whether any matters now under investigation require further resources, or whether any matters merit the appointment of a Special Counsel". So it's possible Sessions' recusal from the topic will stand.

More broadly, though, the renewed scrutiny of Clinton and the foundation reflects a political score Trump has a stated interest in settling, at a time that he would like far less interest in his own campaign's contacts with Russian Federation.

"Whataboutism" is now dangerously close to becoming U.S. Justice Department policy.

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