Appointing a second special counsel could rattle Justice Department

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday Nov. 14 2017 in Washington

As such, Pirro has offered Trump advice on matters foreign and domestic, with a recent report indicating that she advised the president to appoint a special counsel to investigate the alleged misdeeds of Hillary Clinton, including the former secretary of state's involvement with the Uranium One deal.

The Washington Post reported Monday US time that Mr Sessions has directed senior prosecutors to investigate alleged wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation and the controversial sale of a uranium company to Russian Federation when Mrs Clinton was secretary of state in the Obama administration.

If these protections go away, there is no guarantee that the Department of Justice won't begin to implement federal prohibition laws in states that have moved in a more common sense direction on marijuana policy. At that hearing, Sessions refused to answer questions regarding private conversations he had with President Donald Trump, claiming that executive privilege prevented him from revealing the information, even though Trump had never formally invoked the privilege. "That would be wrong", Mr. Sessions told the committee when asked whether the president can use the criminal justice system for retaliatory purposes.

"To have the winning side exploring the possibility of prosecuting the losing side in an election - it's un-American, and it's grotesque", said John Danforth, a former special counsel who investigated the FBI's role in a violent standoff with a cult in Waco, Tex.

"Well, Mr. Comey is no longer the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

The lawmakers enumerated a long list of questionable activities by James Comey, Obama-era Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and others. The letter from the Justice Department to the House Judiciary Committee on Monday night actually appears to be a properly measured response to a problematic request from Capitol Hill.

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For that reason, Sessions' suggestion has raised fresh questions about the independence of the Justice Department in the Trump administration.

As The Times reported, "Donors related to Uranium One and another company it acquired contributed millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation, and Bill Clinton received $500,000 from a Russian bank for a speech". The FBI probed that issue in 2015 and 2016, but Justice Department officials decided there wasn't enough evidence to pursue a full-fledged investigation.

"I appreciate yesterday's letter saying you were considering appointing a special counsel that you sent to us", Jordan said.

The deal gave the Russian company a controlling interest in a fifth of USA uranium reserves.

"It seems they're frustrated by the Mueller investigation, and they think, 'Why don't we get one to look at the Clinton stuff?' And that's just not the way it's supposed to work", he said.

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