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Jeff Sessions: Not politically 'influenced' to review Clinton, Obama Russian uranium deal

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Freedom Caucus founder Jim Jordan is one of the leading voices pushing for Attorney General Sessions to create a probe to look into James Comey

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed Tuesday to decide quickly whether to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton's alleged mishandling of classified materials when she was secretary of state.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions threw some cold water on increasing calls from the right for a second special counsel to investigate 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

That's because the Justice Department is supposed to be independent of politics.

"If he (Mr Sessions) or his deputy authorises a new investigation of Mrs. Clinton, it would shatter norms established after Watergate that are meant to prevent presidents from using law enforcement agencies against political rivals", The New York Times said today.

Jordan has led the charge of GOP lawmakers calling for a special counsel investigation to be launched in addition to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said he does now recall a March 2016 meeting with George Papadopoulos, a member of the Trump campaign team who pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contact with Russians.

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 first year of the Trump administration has been a turbulent one for the Justice Department. FBI Director James Comey was sacked. The letter from the Justice Department to the House Judiciary Committee on Monday night actually appears to be a properly measured response to a problematic request from Capitol Hill.

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Listed among those issues was the sale of mining company Uranium One to Russian Federation and possible ties to The Clinton Foundation.

"Why in 2016 did FBI Director James Comey call the Clinton Investigation a "matter", not an investigation?"

"It would take a factual basis that meets the standards of the appointment of a special counsel", Sessions said.

Republicans have questioned the deal, approved during the Obama administration, which gave Russian companies control of about 20 percent of US uranium deposits.

"There's no way the American people can trust Robert Mueller to investigate anything Russia-related", Hannity has said.

Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy said he doubted there was any prosecutor appointment or assignment that would lead to Mueller stepping down. Clinton was being investigated for using a private email server during her time as secretary of state.

"After another heated exchange, Sessions said, "'Looks like' is not enough basis to appoint a special counsel".

"You should never float the idea on your side, because when you float the idea, you are at least suggesting there's a possibility you may not be capable of doing the job yourself for ethical reasons", he explained.

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