Reading the actual letter (which is _not_ from Sessions), I just don’t see where the hyperbolic headlines about Sessions considering a second Special Counsel are coming from.
This strikes me, instead, as a fairly even-keeled response to a one-sided request from the Hill… — Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) November 14, 2017
Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd sent a letter to the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Monday, indicating that career prosecutors at the Department of Justice would review controversies arising from the Clinton Foundation and former FBI Director James Comey’s handling of the Clinton email investigation.
The letter prompted speculation that DOJ was assembling a predicate for a criminal investigation and the appointment of a special counsel. President Donald Trump himself has publicly encouraged the attorney general to pursue a criminal probe of matters relating to the Clinton Foundation, amplifying speculation that his longtime ally would acquiesce to the pressure in a bid to revive his strained relationship with the president.
The text of the letter doesn’t quite bear that reading.
As a preliminary matter, the letter was sent to House Judiciary one day before Sessions was scheduled to testify before the panel. Committee Republicans have twice sent letters to Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein urging an investigation of a barrage of Clinton shenanigans as well as Comey’s alleged politicization of Bureau investigations relating to the Clintons. Those letters, dated July 27 and Sept. 26, both appear to have gone unanswered. Therefore, it is not unusual that the Justice Department would send its response to the Committee the day before Sessions was slated to appear, as DOJ’s silence on the request would otherwise have been a point of conflict.
This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on NOVEMBER 15, 2017.