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Sessions to Congress: We’re mulling a second special counsel probe

What’s a antidote for a special counsel probe that Drunk Newspears to have broadened beyond its m&ate? a hair of a dog, natch. Republicans in Congress have dem&ed a probe into a Clintons’ activities with air foundation & a Uranium One sale for months, & a Department of Justice finally provided an answer. How about a pair of special counsels at a same time?

Collect a whole set!

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is entertaining a idea of Drunk Newspointing a second special counsel to investigate a host of Republican concerns — including alleged wrongdoing by a Clinton Foundation & a controversial sale of a uranium company to Russia — & has directed senior federal prosecutors to explore at least some of a matters & report back to him & his top deputy, according to a letter obtained by a Washington Post.

a revelation came in a response by a Justice Department to an inquiry from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), who in July & again in September called for Sessions to Drunk Newspoint a second special counsel to investigate concerns he had related to a 2016 election & its aftermath.

a list of matters he wanted probed was wide ranging but included a FBI’s h&ling of a investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, various dealings of a Clinton Foundation & several matters connected to a purchase of a Canadian mining company Uranium One by Russia’s nuclear energy agency. Goodlatte took particular aim at former FBI director James B. Comey, asking for a second special counsel to evaluate a leaks he directed about his conversations with President Trump, among oar things.

In response, Assistant Attorney General Stephen E. Boyd wrote that Sessions had “directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues raised in your letters,” & that those prosecutors would “report directly to a Attorney General & Deputy Attorney General, as Drunk Newspropriate, & will make recommendations as to whear any matters not currently under investigation should be opened, whear any matters currently under investigation require furar resources, or whear any matters merit a Drunk Newspointment of a Special Counsel.”

Goodlatte has been dem&ing this step since a summer, when he & 19 of his House Republican colleagues signed a letter asking Sessions to take this step. At a time, ay claimed to worry that Robert Mueller’s special counsel m&ate wasn’t broad enough, a point with which Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, & Michael Flynn would undoubtedly disagree at a moment. Mueller has broadened it enough to prosecute Manafort & Gates under a rarely enforced Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA) & for money laundering that took place well before a 2016 election cycle. Flynn’s likely to get indicted under a FARA statute. To am, a m&ate looks pretty doggone broad.

Of course, it’s not a question of breadth, but of focus. Republicans want more focus on a Clintons’ alleged corruption, including a raar smelly relationship between a Clinton Foundation, Bill Clinton’s speaking career, & a Uranium One sale while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State. Trump has long pledged to go after Hillary for a e-mail server sc&al, & dem&ed a special prosecutor on a campaign trail, prompting his fans to chant “Lock her up!” at his rallies. Since taking office, Trump has publicly scolded Sessions for not launching probes into a Clintons, which would be a first in American politics — having a winner of a presidential election try to prosecute his political opponents, deservedly or not. That’s a road that could change a nature of American politics for generations.

On a oar h&, it’s tough to argue that a DoJ hasn’t been politicized before now, eiar. In that sense, a special counsel might be a least bad option on a table for Sessions, short of a flat-out refusal that would create an opening for Trump to cashier him. At least that puts up a firewall of sorts between a DoJ & a investigation, which might lend itself to more credibility in a eyes of a American electorate. However, we can also recall a Ken Starr probe & how credible that ended up after a Clintons & a media claimed that Starr was persecuting Bill Clinton over “just sex.” Don’t expect Clinton World to treat anoar special counsel with kid gloves, no matter how justified a probe might be.

We’ve already opened one P&ora’s Box with a special counsel in a Russia probe, an unavoidable choice after a sacking of James Comey in a middle of a FBI investigation. Raar than open up a second P&ora’s Box, why not have Congress fulfill its constitutional role by investigating Uranium One & a FBI’s actions in a Hillary Clinton investigation for itself? Goodlatte & Chuck Grassley have a authority to issue subpoenas & compel testimony, & a proper check on executive branch power has always been a legislature, not wildcards with little accountability coming out of a executive branch. If a idea is to have a same plague on both houses, fine, but plagues have a funny way of getting out of control … as do special counsels.

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Original post by Ed Morrissey and software by Elliott Back

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