I’m trying to figure out which part of this will piss off Trump more: that Sessions won’t appoint a second counsel or that it’s gonna steal all the headlines. https://t.co/OGLKHVzU1O
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) March 29, 2018
Jeff Sessions rejects Republican calls for a second special counsel looking into past investigations of Hillary Clinton by the Justice Department and the FBI https://t.co/nuY6O6DLDX pic.twitter.com/CmRHtFv8o4
— Bloomberg (@business) March 29, 2018
On the one hand, Trump and his enablers are very angry that even Fox News is losing interest in HRC’s emails (now that the details of Trump kissing up to Putin are becoming much better click-bait). And Sessions doesn’t want Trump to fire him, when he still has so many dark-skinned people, poor people, and ‘sexually irregular’ people to abuse!
On the other hand, Robert Mueller just refuses to go away. Sessions is a bad man, but he’s not a stupid one, and he knows that his every word and action is being weighed and stored for future use. He doesn’t want to go to jail, or even to lose his profession… which looks to be the end result for anyone and everyone who gets too close to Donny Dollhands, Lord Smallgloves.
What’s an elderly, entitled, self-important bigot to do? Here, throw the rubes a Mormon!…
Attorney General Jeff Sessions rejected calls from Republican lawmakers for a second special counsel to look into potential misconduct by the Justice Department and the FBI in past investigations of Hillary Clinton, saying that the issues were already under scrutiny.
In a letter to three Republican committee chairmen, Sessions disclosed Thursday that he has assigned John Huber, a U.S. attorney based in Utah, to conduct an internal probe into complaints of FBI bias and wrongdoing.
“I am confident that Mr. Huber’s review will include a full, complete and objective evaluation of these matters in a manner that is consistent with the law and facts,” Sessions wrote to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, and House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy…
Gowdy and Goodlatte, in a joint statement released Thursday night, said that “while we continue to believe the appointment of a second special counsel is necessary, this is a step in the right direction.”
They added: “We expect that U.S. Attorney Huber, given his reputation, will conduct an independent and thorough investigation.”…
Goodlatte and Gowdy have both said they’re retiring when their current term ends — they probably have the same interest as Sessions: Dragging out this latest snipe hunt in the hope that Trump might implode, Mueller might indict, or
the horse might talk something genuinely incriminating the Clinton campaign might turn up, after all this time and effort. Grassley’s immovably stupid, but he’s also old enough that the actuarial odds might turn against him at any moment.
Meanwhile, the Repubs will posture mightily in all their favorite media outlets!
Sessions doesn’t rule out naming special counsel later. “I receive regular updates from Mr. Huber and upon the conclusion of his review, will receive his recommendations … about whether any matters merit the appointment of a Special Counsel.”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) March 29, 2018
Why dignify it with “Responding to calls for special counsel?” It’s just Trump & the GOP making shit up. https://t.co/YjhLuBa8EZ
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) March 29, 2018
Sessions has told Wray that the pace of responding to House GOP request for docs is “unacceptable,” @LauraAJarrett reports, forcing FBI to double the staff working on massive records request. The subject of the GOP inquiry: the FBI’s Clinton email investigation
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) March 28, 2018
Bookmarking this tweet for a year from now when a Democratic committee chair is requesting documents about Sessions’ recusals, dishonest testimony, politicization of law enforcement, etc…. https://t.co/gl4MxTnJ9j
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) March 28, 2018
Something is going on at DOJ: House subpoena rattles Justice Department; Sessions 'angry' at slow response; FBI 'called on the carpet.' https://t.co/NJledTaXt1
— Byron York (@ByronYork) March 28, 2018
Alex, I’ll take crooked AG afraid of losing his job politicizing department on behalf of corrupt boss for $500. https://t.co/2obCjdesMK
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) March 29, 2018