We live in a country of laws and no one should be above them. That includes the president. And it also includes
But the calls by some
Earlier this month Trump tweeted: “Everybody is asking why the
This dubious bill of particulars includes Clinton’s (minimal) role as secretary of state in the approval of the purchase by a Russian company of a controlling stake in Uranium One, a uranium company whose major investor had contributed to the Clinton Foundation; the investigation of Clinton’s use of a private email server (yes, they’re still on about that); and the
On Tuesday Atty. Gen.
To his credit, Sessions told the Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that any decision about another special counsel would be based on Justice Department regulations and “the facts.” After Rep.
But Sessions sent a mixed message on an equally important question: whether he would be involved in the decision about whether to appoint a special counsel and if so, who it should be. Clearly he shouldn’t be.
At his confirmation hearings, Sessions promised the Senate that, because of his role in the Trump campaign, he would recuse himself from matters related to Clinton or the Clinton Foundation. But on Tuesday he testified that "I have directed senior federal prosecutors" to determine if allegations related to Clinton justify further action by the department, including the appointment of a special counsel.
Moreover, Sessions declined to say whether he would recuse himself from cases that might arise from further investigation, saying he couldn’t discuss the matter because of a Justice Department policy of not confirming whether it is conducting an investigation.
That’s a dodge. All Sessions has to say is that his promise to recuse himself from Clinton-related matters would extend to the issues Republicans are citing in agitating for a special counsel (including the original investigation of Clinton’s emails) as well as the decision about whether to appoint such an official. That decision should be made by Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein and it should be based on the facts and the law.
From the beginning, Trump's "lock her up" attitude toward the woman he defeated has been cynical and irresponsible, reminiscent of the way leaders in authoritarian societies treat their political opponents. The Justice Department must not act in a way that suggests it is doing his bidding.