Clinton: Threat Of Special Counsel For Uranium Deal Is 'Politicization' Of DOJ


She said if Attorney General Jeff Sessions decides to appoint a special counsel to investigate the deal, "nothing will come of it" but it will "cause a lot of bad consequences", like "demoralizing" the American people's opinions of the justice system.

A DOJ letter to the committee Monday said Sessions has directed senior federal prosecutors to "evaluate certain issues" related to Clinton and recommend whether a special counsel should be appointed.

President Donald Trump, his associates and numerous people at Fox News have echoed concerns about these connections, with Trump comparing it to a modern-day Watergate scandal.

Sessions pointed out there have only been two special counsel appointments, Sen John Danforth for Waco and Mueller.

Fox News host Shepard Smith tore down the conservative argument that the so-called Uranium One deal was worthy of investigation by a special counsel, and the conservative television network's viewers are not happy about it.

Sessions: And I would say: "Looks like" is not enough basis to appoint a special counsel.

"Hillary Clinton's State Department approved the transfer of 20% of America's uranium holdings to Russian Federation, while nine investors in the deal funneled $145 million to the Clinton Foundation", Trump said in June 2016, according to CNN.

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"I did not mean to suggest I was taking a side one way or the other on that subject", Sessions said later. "I was simply responding we would have to have full and effective and detailed factual evaluation before we'd make a decision on whether or not a special counsel is required".

Of Trump's tweets, Sessions told Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), "A president can not improperly influence an investigation". "I regret if they do it because it will be such a disastrous step into politicizing the justice system". I would say it's improper to influence-a president can not improperly influence an investigation. "He's bold and direct about what he says, the people elected him, but we do our duty every day based on the law and facts".

Smith used the fervor on Tuesday, which included a call from conservative lawmakers to appoint a special counsel to investigate the deal, to throw cold water on any hopes of catching Clinton or others in the former Obama administration in a grand Russian Federation scheme. Sessions leading a meeting with Popadopoulos, Trump and others, was recorded by a campaign staff photographer.

Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers keynote during the Geisinger National Symposium, "From Crisis to Cure: Revitalizing America's Healthcare System", on November 9, 2017 in Danville, Pennsylvania.

"I regret deeply that this appears to be the politicization of the Justice Department and our justice system", Clinton said on Wednesday.

"The accusation is predicated on the charge that Secretary Clinton approved the sale", Smith told Fox viewers.