Sessions to GOP Rep: ‘It Would Take a Factual Basis’ to Appoint Special Counsel to Probe Clinton


During Attorney General Jeff Sessions testimony before the House Judiciary Committee today, he found himself getting screamed at by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who made it very clear that he really wanted a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation, Uranium One and the Steele dossier, among other things.

And, in the end, Sessions almost made Jordan look like a conspiracy theorist.

Jordan spent much of the beginning of his Q&A session lobbing questions at the attorney general regarding the ongoing Russia investigation even though it was obvious that the AG couldn’t answer them because he had recused himself from the probe. This then led to Jordan telling Sessions that while he appreciated the fact that the Justice Department was looking at a special counsel to investigate Uranium One and the Clinton Foundation, he was concerned that it has taken so long to get this going.

The Ohio Republican followed that up by ranting about the tarmac meeting between Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former FBI Director James Comey, current Special Counsel Bob Mueller and the Trump-Russia dossier.

“So I guess my main question is what’s it going to take if all of that, not to mention the dossier information, what’s it going to take to actually get a special counsel?” Jordan exclaimed.

Sessions responded, “It would take a factual basis that meets the standards of the appointment of a special counsel.”

The attorney general added that the department will “use the proper standards” and “sometimes we have to study what the facts are and to evaluate whether it needs — meets the standard required a special counsel.”

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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