This morning at a House Judiciary Committee hearing, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) pressed Sessions for a special counsel investigation into how former FBI Director James Comey handled the Clinton probe during the election. Democrats have criticized this as a ploy to deflect attention from the special counsel probing Trump campaign interactions with the Kremlin and potential effects on the 2016 presidential election.
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. Is it a GOP smokescreen?
However, many American politicians have criticised the President for being too involved with law enforcement and the justice department.
Well, it's in the manual of the Department of Justice about what's required.
In several angry tweets November 3, the president called again for investigations of Clinton and Democrats, saying, "at some point the Justice Department, and the FBI, must do what is right and proper".
One of the areas that Republicans want investigated is whether donations to the Clinton Foundation may have been tied to political favors by Clinton or any of her subordinates when she was secretary of state.
President Trump has repeatedly called on the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in recent weeks to investigate "crooked Hillary". The deal, which has always been a talking point for right-leaning media outlets, allowed a Russian nuclear agency to purchase Uranium One, a Canadian mining firm with deep ties to America's uranium extraction capacity.
The department also confirmed that it was considering a special counsel to investigate the foundation of former president Bill Clinton, and its ties to companies involved in a deal that sold U.S. uranium rights to a Russian state company.
Sessions pushed backed, saying a special counsel is only appointed if there is enough evidence to merit that appointment.
Former FBI chief, Robert Mueller, is now investigating links between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation during the run-up to last year's election. "And if you're now just considering it, what is it going to take to get a special counsel?"
Sessions added: "I would say the Department of Justice can never be used to retaliate politically against opponents, and that would be wrong".