Abuse of Power
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Even before he became president, Donald Trump promised to put Hillary Clinton in jail. Now 53 weeks after the election, it appears he is moving toward that publicly stated goal, and undermining the very tenets of American democracy to do so.
Crooked Hillary Clinton lied to the FBI and to the people of our country. She is sooooo guilty. But watch, her time will come!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 6, 2016
Trump has been pressuring his attorney general to prosecute his former political opponent, Hillary Clinton, so hard that Sessions at one point felt it proper to tender his letter of resignation. It was refused.
But that has not stopped the president from making very public attacks against Sessions.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2017
Why didn't A.G. Sessions replace Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, a Comey friend who was in charge of Clinton investigation but got....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
Uranium deal to Russia, with Clinton help and Obama Administration knowledge, is the biggest story that Fake Media doesn't want to follow!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 19, 2017
....People are angry. At some point the Justice Department, and the FBI, must do what is right and proper. The American public deserves it!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2017
And now, it appears that in order to keep his job, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering appointing a special prosecutor – special counsel – to investigate the president's former top political opponent.
This is how developing nations, "banana republics," and authoritarian dictatorships operate, not the United States of America.
"The Justice Department said Monday that prosecutors were looking into whether a special counsel should be appointed to investigate political rivals President Trump has singled out for scrutiny, including Hillary Clinton," The New York Times reports.
The department, in a letter sent to the House Judiciary Committee, said the prosecutors would examine allegations that donations to the Clinton Foundation were tied to a 2010 decision by the Obama administration to allow a Russian nuclear agency to buy Uranium One, a company that owned access to uranium in the United States, and other issues.
The Times makes clear: this is not how America operates.
Any such investigation would raise questions about the independence of federal investigations under Mr. Trump. Since Watergate, the Justice Department has largely operated independently of political influence on cases related to the president’s opponents.
And then Times notes what's behind this clear attempt to prosecute Trump's political opponents:
People close to the White House said there might be another issue at play: Mr. Sessions might be able to forestall the president’s firing him by appointing a special counsel to investigate the uranium deal.
Sessions, to boot, has recused himself from all things Clinton and Russia, specifically including the Clinton Foundation, so he would be violating that previous promise:
Chuck Grassley: "You intend to recuse yourself from both the Clinton email investigation and any matters involving the Clinton Foundation, if there are any?"— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) November 14, 2017
Jeff Sessions: "Yes."
Confirmation Hearings, Jan. 10, 2017 pic.twitter.com/WWecGcTjBg
Sessions is scheduled to appear before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee Tuesday at 10 AM.
Some responses via Twitter:
This is an abuse of power to go after political opponents. At this point there is no choice but for Congress to impeach.— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) November 14, 2017
Sessions Reportedly Considering Second Special Counsel for Hillary Clinton, Uranium One https://t.co/3me9hNgsxh via @thedailybeast
Fake scandals promoted by Fox News fake journalists now get their own fake criminal investigation paid for with real taxpayer dollars https://t.co/02RhxwrOk3— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) November 14, 2017
Here it is. Sessions weighing giving Trump what he wants & launching new investigations into Clinton & the Obama admin. This is very dangerous stuff. https://t.co/yiSaqaGSfA— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) November 14, 2017
How does this not violate Sessions' recusal from anything involving Hillary emails and the Clinton Foundation?? https://t.co/d46kV4qcSU— Daniel Jacobson (@Dan_F_Jacobson) November 14, 2017
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