Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, raised a similar concern on Twitter last night: "If the AG bends to pressure from President Trump and his allies, and appoints a special counsel to investigate Trump's vanquished rival, it could spell the end of the DOJ as an independent institution". "And why did the Justice Department put a gag order on the informant?"
"You can be sure that they will be done without political influence and they will be done correctly and properly", Sessions said.
Sessions will likely face questions regarding his knowledge of conversations between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, such as those described in the statement by George Papdopoulos, which wasn't released to the public until after Sessions' Senate hearing.
A careful reading of the letter released Monday, however, shows that it might be Congress, not the Justice Department, that's really in danger of forgetting about the damage politically motivated prosecutions could do. Take a minute today to stand up for respecting state marijuana laws and tell Sessions we won't accept any attempts to crack down on these important programs.
Trump campaigned on a promise to "get a special prosecutor" to investigate Clinton.
On Nov. 3, after Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said in a TV interview that she thought the Democratic primaries were imbalanced in Clinton's favor, the president tweeted: "Pocahontas just stated that the Democrats, lead by the legendary Crooked Hillary Clinton, rigged the Primaries! Lets go FBI & Justice Dept".
"My motivation is a love for that department and a love for the concept of blind justice that doesn't care whether it's an even-numbered year or an odd-numbered year", he said.
"I have not been improperly influenced and would not be improperly influenced", Mr. Sessions said. According to The Hill and Circa News, in 2009 and 2010, the Federal Bureau of Investigation through an informant learned Russian companies seeking to do business in the United States were involved in kickbacks and bribes. I'd like to let it run itself.
The president may be a little less disappointed now.
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.
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. So it's possible Sessions' recusal from the topic will stand.
"I do agree with you, congressman, that Mr. Comey talked more than he should", he said.
"Whataboutism" is now dangerously close to becoming U.S. Justice Department policy.