Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday pledged to act properly on a request by some members of Congress for a special counsel to investigate a Russian company's USA uranium purchase, but he stopped short of promising to appoint one.
Asked by Jordan what it would take to get a special counsel investigation into the dossier or various Clinton-related accusations, Sessions pointed to department policies on the procedure, as well as to the fact that there has only been two special counsel investigations.
A federal law enforcement official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak freely, said the move is particularly frustrating because numerous subjects Sessions says could fall under the purview of a special counsel were previously investigated by the FBI or are under investigation by the Justice Department's inspector general.
It also comes a day after the Justice Department told the chair of the committee, Rep.
Peter Zeidenberg, former deputy special counsel who served under special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald during the investigation of former Dick Cheney advisor Scooter Libby told the Post employees at the Department of Justice "would be completely disgusted and demoralized by" the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton.
"You can be sure that they will be done without political influence and they will be done correctly and properly", Sessions said. Is a special prosecutor needed to investigate Clinton's dealings?
"Well, Mr. Comey is no longer the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation".
Sessions insisted in his testimony that he is not leaning one way or the other on the appointment of a new special counsel and that he is awaiting a detailed presentation from senior officials at the Justice Department.
The Washington Post reported that the justice department is considering a special counsel to investigate numerous matters after House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep.
What's it going to take to actually get a special counsel?
"Why in 2016 did FBI Director James Comey call the Clinton Investigation a "matter", not an investigation?"
The deal gave the Russian company a controlling interest in a fifth of USA uranium reserves.
"I appreciate yesterday's letter saying you were considering appointing a special counsel that you sent to us", Jordan said.
"There's no way the American people can trust Robert Mueller to investigate anything Russia-related", Hannity has said. At some point, though, if you're Hillary Clinton, you won't be surprised if there's some investigation into you for something you're convinced you never did.
Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy said he doubted there was any prosecutor appointment or assignment that would lead to Mueller stepping down.
"Each of those are pretty special, factual situations", Sessions said, "and we will use the proper standards".