Sessions may appoint a special counsel to investigate Clinton Foundation

Just hours before he’ll testify in front of the House Judiciary Committee about his contacts with Russia during the 2016 election, Attorney General Jeff Sessions came up with a brilliant plan to save his ass and get back into President Trump’s circle of trust: Go after Hillary Clinton. The New York Times reports that on Monday, the Justice Department sent a letter to House Judiciary Committee chairman Robert Goodlatte, letting him know that they were taking his committee’s concerns about the Clinton Foundation and Hillary’s part specifically in the controversial sale of a uranium company to Russia during Obama’s run seriously:

This responds to your letters dated July 27, 2017, and September 26, 2017, in which you and other Members request the appointment of a Special Counsel to investigate various matters, including the sale of Uranium One, alleged unlawful dealings related to the Clinton Foundation and other matters. We are sending identical responses to the other Members who joined your letter. As noted during our prior meeting in response to your letters, the Department of Justice (Department) takes seriously its responsibility to provide timely and accurate information to congress on issues of public interest, and seeks to do so in a non-political manner that is consistent with the Department’s litigation, law enforcement, and national security responsibilities. Additionally, the Department’s leadership has a duty to carefully evaluate the status of ongoing matters to ensure that justice is served and that the Department’s communications with Congress are accurate and complete. To further that goal, the Attorney General has directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues raised in your letters. These senior prosecutors will report directly to the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, as appropriate, and will make recommendations as to whether any matters not currently under investigation should be opened, whether any matters currently under investigation require further resources, or whether any matters merit the appointment of a Special Counsel. This will better Enable the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General to more effectively evaluate and manage the caseload. In conducting this review, all allegations will be reviewed in light of the Principles of Federal Prosecution.

To put that more succinctly: the attorney general who is currently being investigated for possible ties to collusion with Russia will happily consider throwing up a smokescreen to take the heat off his boss, who hates him, and point all that suspicion about Russian ties to the woman who America actually voted president. What could go wrong? To anyone still listening to Donald Trump’s laundry list of complaints about his former opponent, this latest move shouldn’t be much of a surprise. On November 3, he essentially teed up this very situation via Twitter:

Of course, the timing of this announcement couldn’t be more perfect, as it essentially hit at the same time of news that Donald Trump Jr. — always looking for his father’s approval — was happily DM’ing with Wikileaks during dear old dad’s campaign. “Like clockwork, just as we learn of damning details of Donald Trump Jr.’s contacts with WikiLeaks, the Trump administration is firing up the fog machine to distract from the Mueller probe,” Brian Fallon, who served as the press secretary for the Clinton campaign, told The Washington Post. Call me when they’ve appointed a special counsel to investigate the special counsel investigating the special counsel.

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