While the investigation into President Donald Trump’s alleged ties with Russia has continued for several months now, there has been very little action regarding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s alleged corruption.
Trump, and some other Republicans, have expressed frustration that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has not taken a more hardline stance in going after Clinton and former FBI Director James Comey and Clinton.
Now, with Sessions expected to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, the attorney general is facing calls from some Republicans to either investigate Comey and Clinton or resign, The Washington Timesreported.
Sessions is going to face some tough questioning from both Democrats and Republicans. Democrats are upset over some inconsistent answers about Russia that Sessions has given.
Republicans are upset that Sessions hasn’t done more to reveal what actions, if any, the Justice Departmenttook during the 2016 election.
In an op-ed for Fox News, Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan and Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz called for Sessions to either get a special counsel to look into Comey and Clinton, or resign.
“It’s time for Jeff Sessions to name a Special Counsel and get answers for the American people. If not, he should step down,” the congressmen wrote after listing out a string of questions they want answered.
CNN noted that on Monday evening, Sessions asked federal prosecutors to determine whether a special counsel was warranted to investigate the circumstances surrounding the Uranium One deal, in which a Russian state-owned nuclear conglomerate obtained control over 20 percent of the United States’ uranium resources.
Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee outlining the steps that Sessions was taking.
The letter noted that senior prosecutors would make a recommendation to Sessions on whether “any matters not currently under investigation should be opened, whether any matters currently under investigation require further resources, or whether any merit the appointment of a special counsel.”
We should stress that a special counsel should only be opened if there is sufficient evidence to merit one. If Republicans open one just to go after a political opponent, they are no better than the Democrats.
It is unclear if Boyd’s letter will be enough to placate some of the more eager Republicans, or if they will still continue to cry for a special counsel.
Right now, the GOP is looking to deliver on its multitude of promises that it made in 2016, and is desperately searching for something to follow through on.
If by 2018, the GOP has held Congress for two years and done nothing, they can’t guarantee that the voters will show up to continue to support them in the midterms.
If a special counsel is appointed, that would most definitely change the game, and might make some Democrats very nervous.
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