Jeff Sessions wants to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton

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Donald Trump worships dictators, strongmen and despots. It’s how his mind works – he believes he is the Bigly King of America, not a democratically elected leader beholden to taxpaying citizens. He wants to create – and he is creating – a despotic state, the Russian Republic of Trumplandia. Throughout the campaign, he promised his supporters that if elected, he would throw Hillary Clinton in jail, because that’s what is supposed to happen in 2017, in what is supposedly the beacon of democracy: you must prosecute and jail your political opponents, especially when the walls are closing in your own misdeeds. That’s why Trump has been especially whingy on Twitter all year, openly complaining about the need for the Department of Justice to “do something” and investigate Hillary Clinton. Well, look what’s happening.

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

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

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

[From WaPo]

I don’t have words. Really. This is how far we’ve fallen. Robert Mueller has indictments for three people who worked on the Trump campaign, Don Trump Jr. is openly posting evidence of his collusion with Russian-backed Wikileaks and Jeff Sessions, the Attorney General of the United States of America, is telling Congress that there will probably be a special prosecutor appointed to investigate Trump’s political opponent. This is the kind of thing that happens in third-world dictatorships.

By the way, Sessions is due to testify before the House Judiciary Committee today because, oh right, Sessions is deeply involved with the Trump-Russia dealings.

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124 Responses to “Jeff Sessions wants to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton”

  1. oh ffs… get your own house in order. It’s a mess and frankly, it’s driving the property values of the whole USA down.

    • kimbers says:

      it’s basic distraction and to get the “crooked Hilary” peeps all up in a roar.

      she is unethical, but yet as done nothing illegal. she’s smart and crafty. Republicans really need to get their sh1t together. Democrats need to stop following Hillary and find fresh blood.

      • littlemissnaughty says:

        I hate this “abandon Hillary, sever all ties” narrative so much. The Democrats are looking really sh*tty, disloyal and ungrateful. It’s weak.

        And you bought into the anti-Hillary rhetoric of the Trump campaign. The woman spent her life serving her country and she did a great job. The Trump campaign managed to stick an asterisk next to that so that every time we talk about her we feel the need to qualify that with “No, she wasn’t perfect BUT” WTF? Name one politician who’s perfect and who’s never done anything questionable. That’s politics. Considering who’s running this sh*tshow now, she’s a goddamn saint.

      • Annabelle Bronstein says:

        HRC is probably the cleanest politician who ever held any power for as long as she has. Period. The fact that these dishonest partisans have been investigating her for 30 years and haven’t found a thing should tell you something. She wasn’t even involved in the Uranium 1 deal.

      • Darla says:

        She’s not unethical she has served her entire life. You walk away, hey, run, you will have to run fast to catch up to the Bernie bros.

        IF they try and prosecute Hillary Clinton some of us will have to fight. Not JUST for her, though she will be a powerful symbol. But for our democracy. For the United States. And we don’t need dead weight whining republican talking points in our ear while we are fighting.

      • kimbers says:

        please venture from cnn or fox.

        it’s unethical to give the dnc 3 million a year, then want that money back, through flavors, when you decide to run for President.

        there are sources of news other than cnn and fox. pbsnews hour is one.

        Hillary is crafty i see give her that, but she’ll never be president.

      • Megan says:

        It was unethical for Clinton Foundation to accept donations from foreign governments while she was Secretary of State. But it wasn’t illegal and Sessions knows it. He is kowtowing to his crazy boss in a desperate attempt to save his own job. Using DoJ to peruse your enemies isn’t just unethical, it is illegal. So who is the real crook here?

      • Snowflake says:

        The biggest crime Hillary committed was being a woman in a man’s arena and being damn good at it. Nothing sexist men hate more than being bested by a woman.

      • littlemissnaughty says:

        She’ll never be president? Are you making a prediction? Because … we know. As IF she would ever go back for more.

      • Kitten says:

        “it’s unethical to give the dnc 3 million a year, then want that money back, through flavors, when you decide to run for President.”

        No actually it’s not unusual at all for any Dem candidate to sign a joint fundraising agreement with DNC. Both HRC AND SANDERS (!!!) signed one–it’s really f*cking standard.
        The only questionable thing she did was add a clause to the agreement that allowed her to personally appoint/veto DNC staff.
        So, shrewd and calculating? Sure. But really all she did was exploit a broken system. If a Republican had done the same, the Right wouldn’t blink an eye.

        Also, it’s not unusual for DNC staff to have favorite candidates. You know who else had to fight against that? Barack Obama. The DNC was staffed with HRC people who did not want him to win the candidacy.

        Yet he still did somehow, against all odds.

        So yes while I think the DNC needs reform and I do think that a clause like the one HRC added should be prohibitive in the future, it’s ridiculous to insinuate that Sanders had to deal with anything worse than what Obama dealt with.

      • Cranberry says:

        Thanks kimbers for you comment. It concerns me that HRC defenders see her as uncompromised and beyond criticism. I absolutely agree she’s gotten a raw deal especially from the Republicans attacking her for decades and poisoning the well against her. Why? Because she broached health care reform in the 90s. Corporate republicans knew her ambitions, and they’ve been trying to destroy her ever sense. She’s an incredibly talented politician, and despite my criticisms, I do think she has quite a bit of integrity -esp for a politician, and could have done some great things for the country.

        The troubles now, in 2017 with HRC and DNC are not just about corrupt repubs, Bernie, or Trump and the stolen election (via any number of devices ie. Comey+). Many on the Left and progressives have always had problems with the Clinton’s neoliberal economic policies that over serve corporations and bank sector.

        These are valid criticisms of whether her brand of neoliberalism is right for the country or a platform that could even win an election in this populist climate. The inappropriate dealings in the primary have reinforced cynicism that corporate/wallstreet dems will never secede any power to progressives and social dems, nor will they support real health care reform to single payer system.

      • jwoolman says:

        Megan – the Clinton Foundation drastically reduced foreign donations while Hillary was Secretary of State. They were transferring the foreign projects over to other organizations in case she won the Presidency.

        There was no evidence of special favors given in return for donations, and no evidence that the Clintons were siphoning off $$$ from the Foundation. They actually donated millions themselves.

        As SoS, her schedule book showed that she was not preferentially meeting with Clinton Foundation donors. Some donors and people who worked for donors held positions such that it was very normal for an SoS to meet with them. But there was no unethical pattern to it.

    • kodakay says:

      You are so right! They should appoint ANOTHER special prosecutor to determine WTF is up with Trump and his and his stafff’s collusion with Russia. Why they are fixated on Hilary Clinton when she is NOT an elected official is weird as hell.

    • Sabrine says:

      It’s nothing more than a diversion tactic to draw attention away from their own huge mess. They can’t even get it together on climate change.

    • happyoften says:

      Seriously. It’s embarrassing. We’re sending Rand Paul’s neighbor over if you don’t it straight.

    • Lilly says:

      FFS indeed. More wasted tax-payer dollars. Which they’ll pay for with more taxes on the middle-class, because the wealthy won’t be paying. I loved the meme last week about get a partner who thinks about you as much as predator-in-chief thinks about Hillary. But, that’s too obsessive clearly.

    • ELX says:

      I don’t know where you live, but if they pass this tax bill as is, the bottom’s going to fall out of the US housing market.

  2. Luna says:

    Off topic, does Sessions wear blush? Or are those capillaries?

  3. MousyB says:

    Ughhh while deep down I feel like as a country we will move past this era and recover EVENTUALLY, the future is looking so fucking bleak…

  4. kimbers says:

    shouldn’t he be heading north? there’s work to be done! there’s toys that need to be made! shopkins don’t make themselves!

  5. Rapunzel says:

    Bigly tweeted this morn that he has a big announcement when he returns stateside. Who wants to bet it’s this special prosecutor? HRC is their only deflection left.

    • Lahdidahbaby says:

      Exactly right. Trump whined last week that it was SO unfair that as our President (so to speak) he isn’t allowed to involve himself in Justice Department matters — so SAD, because he would really so *love* to be doing all kinds of work over there at Justice.

      The dumbass hasn’t heard of separation of powers? “Executive Legislative Judicial” ring a bell? Well, yeah, he may have HEARD of that concept, but he would just LOVE to be doing ALL sorts of Justice Department stuff, you guys, he’s got a knack for it, and it’s just really “SAD” that he isn’t being allowed to tear apart the fabric of our democracy.

      Oh, wait…now he IS being allowed! No sooner did he whinge on about not being permitted to run the Judiciary branch then it’s announced that his fondest wish — for Hillary to be investigated just like HE is, because NO FAIR NO FAIR, why is everybody picking on HIM?!? — then it’s suddenly happening, you guys! Yay.

      One incompetent, ruthless, vain, compulsive liar who uses serial bankruptcies to evade his just debts has somehow ended up in a position to take down our system of government because the present-day GOP hasn’t the huevos to stop him.

      Bye bye, Miss American Pie,
      Now we can watch our democracy die.

    • swak says:

      IIRC he said he was going to have big news on trade agreements. But wouldn’t put it past him to announce a special prosecutor. BTW, if they are going to investigate (again) Hillary’s us of a private email server then they had better investigate Kushner and Ivanka’s use of private email also.

  6. Lindy says:

    What a waste of my taxpayer dollars. I cannot hate these people more.

  7. lightpurple says:

    I would like an accounting of how much of my tax money has been wasted since 1993 on investigations of Hillary Clinton and discussions, meetings, emails, letters and telephone calls on the topic of investigating Hillary Clinton. I then want every penny of it paid back out of the personal assets of those calling for these wasteful investigations. And to these morons seriously believe anybody sold uranium?

  8. Mermaid says:

    Republicans have spent 120 million and been investigating the Clintons for 30 years. Here we go again. 🙄

  9. darkladi says:

    Are you f*cking kidding me? Are we really going to hound an old woman to the grave for the crime of running against Trump?

  10. HH says:

    The most important aspect of this story is that almost immediately after taking office it was Trump who said he didn’t want to lock Clinton up. Trump brings this out again as the Russia investigation has really fired up.

  11. Megan says:

    Jeff Sessions is a coward who can’t stand up to his bigly boss.

  12. prissa says:

    This is simply an attempt to distract from all the pedo allegations that are mounting higher than Everest.

    WE WILL NOT BE DISTRACTED!!!

  13. Patricia says:

    My eyes rolled so hard that I saw my brain.

    Well, this will give insane desperate trump supporters something to freak out about on Facebook for a while. BUT HILLARY writ large.

  14. Chef Grace says:

    Absolute power absolutely corrupts.

  15. Josie says:

    Classic deflection.
    How many times has this been investigated now?

  16. Neelyo says:

    They are so corrupt and empty, this is all they have left. They are a party of nothing.

  17. Patricia says:

    Also… off topic… is “whinging” the British version of “whining”? I’ve never said a word that sounds like “whinging” out loud but I see it online, and I feel like maybe it’s British?
    Celebitches, I know you gon’ know the answer, because we have some Brits up in here and also you know everything.

  18. Becks says:

    What on earth are Republicans going to do when Hillary and Bill pass away? (I mean I’m not saying that’s going to happen tomorrow, but it will eventually happen.) Its the only thing they know how to do; the only thing they’ve known how to do for the past 30 years. Investigate the Clintons.

  19. wood dragon says:

    Can we just start throwing tomatoes at these losers?
    Oh for a posse of cream pie laden clowns! Where are they when you need them?

  20. AnnaKist says:

    Geez. When are these wankers going to get over themselves? I’ve had quite enough of them. Can they not just fall off the face of the earth?

  21. Jamie42 says:

    This is really serious, a misuse of the power of the government against a political opponent.

    The mess started by the Weinstein revelations has been a godsend to Trump as a political distraction. Trump’s recent trip has been a major humiliation for the United States–cozying up to bullies and strongmen, dissing our own security establishment on foreign soil, getting nothing because he’s a lousy negotiator and threw away TPP, his only leverage.

    By the way, anyone who is convinced that Hillary is corrupt–are you by chance getting your”news” from Facebook?

  22. Nicole says:

    Because the other THREE investigations weren’t a waste of our money. This is just a distraction because lyin sessions knows the hammer drop is coming for him next

  23. Tiny Martian says:

    Seth Abramson has been my saviour in all of this mess. I was concerned that Sessions might pull something like this in an attempt to derail the investigations, but in response to this news, Seth tweeted:

    “I hope he does this. Then Mueller can open up a *new* Obstruction investigation into whether Trump scheduled a lunch with Sessions a few weeks back to try to convince him to do this—likely hoping it’d conflict Mueller out of the Russia probe. So c’mon—*bring it*, Sessions.”

    so that actually gives me heart.

  24. Amy Tennant says:

    When I read on Google News this morning that they might investigate Clinton (“Finally!” added only the conservative sources), I was kind of almost okay with it, because I’m so tired. I’m okay if they investigate and FIND NOTHING and then move on at last and shut up about it. But then I worried that they might investigate and find trumped-up (pun-intended) evidence. And then I just get sick to my stomach thinking none of this will ever end.

  25. novaroux says:

    As someone not from the US, I’ve been listening about Hillary’s supposed unethical dealings forever, but I have yet to find any source that would give weight to these accusations. Now, I don’t exactly think the woman is a saint, but the allegations that surface every now and then make her look absolutely horrible, and with no proof? I understand this makes me sound incredibly naive (or, y’know, a straight-up idiot), but how the h– can so many people repeat with such conviction things that only exist as vague rumors? Is there any place a person can go and read a decent, unbiased text on all these supposed ‘scandals’?

  26. Monsy says:

    “This is the kind of thing that happens in third-world dictatorships” Yes, and many of those dictators got and stayed in power with the help of the US government.

    We, people in the “third world countries”, have suffered the consequences of the United States intervining in our elections and political processes, destroying our economies, orchestrating coups, backing dictatorships with no hesitation if it was convenient economically or politically, for decades or even a century .

    Maybe people in the US should read about this part of your history to understand better what is going on in your country these days.

  27. Svea says:

    That book Clinton Cash was such a pack of lies. Anyone with an ounce of critical thinking can tear it apart, yet millions believed it. The chapter on the Uranium deal alone was ridiculous. The US has more Uranium than we will ever need. The price of Uranium tanked, meaning it is not worth how much it costs to mine it. The US allowed the Canadians to UNLOAD that dog of a company on the Russians. No wonder they are pissed. Finally Hillary had nothing to do with the approval. That is how factual that lousy book is. Gives books a bad name thanks to the man who financed it–Steve Bannon.

  28. ANOTHER DAY says:

    I’ll get slammed but I’m not completely against this. There is an awful lot of timing coincidences that created a “pay for play” narrative in the foundation. And the fact it practically shuttered it’s operation in early 2017 when foreign donations dropped dramatically in the aftermath of her defeat is NOT a coincidence. Of course those donations ca e with expectations. Crazy naive to pretend otherwise. The book “Clinton Cash” reveals extremely concerning questions and some are valid to ask. Yes it was a hatchet job, an overdone one, but nonetheless it raised the profile of the foundations operations to ask legitimate questions. You can’t pretend the shuttering of the foundation wasnt extremely telling. It certainly was.

    Besides, Joe Scarborough raised a great point. If Trump wants to “go there”bucking tradition (Obama refused to investigate Bush for example) then know Trump and his whole family will be investigated for the rest of their lives.

    Getting the truth once and for all about the foundation and foreign policy decisions …..and dogging the Trumps forever……WIN WIN in my book.

  29. Jerusha says:

    Oh, hell, why not relitigate Whitewater, why not go back to her days as a Goldwater Girl? Obviously, Congress has nothing better to do.
    I fervently hope that anyone who keeps these douches in power suffers greatly.

  30. Snowflake says:

    Will this fucking nightmare never end?

  31. Tesch100 says:

    Vanity Fair had an article on this about a week or two ago suggesting that the idea of the appointment of the special prosecutor to look into this was floated as a way to get rid of Muller. The theory was that Trump could not fire Muller without national outrage so he needed another way to get rid of him. Muller was the head of the FBI at the time and, therefore, would be investigated as either a witness or a participant. Being investigated by the government that you are investigating would seemingly be a conflict of interest that could cause or require Muller to step down as special prosecutor.

  32. Abby says:

    I cannot say whether Hillary is clean or not. I believe she is.
    That said Sessions is delivering the perfect distraction for what the “lock her up” crowd want. I expect no less. He has pissed Trump off so he probably knows this will appease Trump and his base of deplorables.
    The democrats are not helping. With Donna Brazile and her book and Biden and his regret for not running they all keep dumping on the person who kept rhe democrats financially afloat. If they didn’t want her money they should have gone elsewhere. If Biden wanted to be president he should have run. Yes , his son had just died and he was grieving but Biden has been im politics forever. He knew he wanted it.
    Really i am done with them all. Bernie too. Time for mew blood.

  33. Giddy says:

    HRC, former First Lady, U.S. Senator, Secretary of State. She was actually qualified to be the President, unlike Bigly, who can’t even spell correctly in his tweets. I think this is all about HRC winning the popular vote. Those 3 million votes are driving Bigly crazy, therefore she must be made to suffer. There is no dignity to Trump. There is only a vindictive child.

    I’m with her.

  34. happyoften says:

    She should be investigated. Since becoming President, she has completely abdicated her professional responsibilities the costitut…. wait, what?

    She didn’t win, you say? Then why the freakin’ frack to we keep bringing her up?!!!

    Leave Hillary alone. Christ Almighty.

  35. nikzilla says:

    I never cared for Hillary but this is insane. Leave the woman alone!

  36. why? says:

    Sessions’ hearing before the SJC is just a waste of time because all he does is lie and all the GOP do is deflect. They aren’t asking him about why he lied, instead they are deflecting and asking questions about Hillary, unmasking, the work he has done in the DOJ since the Dotard was elected, and things that don’t have anything to do with Russia. Why are the GOP always running scared when it comes to the Trump Russian investigation? What the press needs to ask is what does Russia have on the GOP.

  37. MC2 says:

    The little girl’s face in the last pic covers my mood. I like that one.

  38. Luna says:

    I love how he Julia Shugarbakker clutches his pearls any time he’s confronted with a lie he’s told. I keep waiting for him to flat-out faint from the vapors.

  39. LilSuzi says:

    Had the Clintons not conspired with the DNC to rig the primary, Bernie Sanders may have ultimately been elected President.

  40. why? says:

    The GOP are destroying this country. They did everything possible to keep the conversation away from Trump and Russia. Sessions was brought before that committee to answer for the lies he told in the last hearing about Trump and Russia. Today, the GOP had something very different in mind. The GOP went very easy on Sessions, many of them(the worst 2 were Handel and Roby) even started out by praising Sessions before starting their non Russian related questions. The GOP are a complete and total embarrassment. They had one job to do and they failed.

    The GOP: Hillary and Uranium, Hillary and Uranium again, Hillary and Uranium yet again, a special counsel to investigate Hillary and Uranium, Obama, Comey, Loretta L, unmasking, the dossier, role the FBI played in the dossier, silencing the press, Planned Parenthood, his DOJ policies, praising Sessions’ character and work, Roy Moore, Drug Enforcement Act, religious freedom, Sessions on human trafficking, Sessions is being mistreated by the press and Democrats.

    The Democrats: Trump Russian investigation, Sessions’ lies, perjury, George P, Carter P’s meeting with the Russians, the authenticity of him saying “I don’t recall” when they ask him question, WL, Sessions’ hypocrisy( in the past going after an officer for correcting his testimony, but he has “corrected” his testimony to the Senate over 3 times), election meddling and how the DOJ plans to protect elections in the future, the Dotard’s tweets about Hillary, Russia, and the press, calling Sessions out for saying that he can’t talk about his conversations with the Dotard even though the Dotard hasn’t stated executive privilege, targeting, Stephen Miller, the Dotard using the DOJ to go after his political opponents, the DOJ being independent of the Dotard.

  41. Sarah says:

    If there is nothing to hide, why not investigate? Meeting with lynch on the tarmac, uranium deal, private email server and buying the nomination to the dnc is enough for me!

  42. Curious says:

    Investigations aren’t really a bad thing if conducted properly, are they? I guess both Democrats and Republicans should be investigated. Keeps politicians in line when they know they might be investigated regarding shady dealings.

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