Jeff Sessions Weighs Competing Special Counsel Focused On Clinton, Democrats

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Sessions, who was a Republican senator for Alabama before he was appointed attorney general, is also set to testify before Goodlatte's committee on Tuesday and was likely to face questions on the topics raised in the letter. You can read the letter at the link.

Congressional Republicans have requested the appointment of a second special counsel to look into allegations relating to Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation - including those relating to the Uranium One sale - and the investigation into Clinton's email server.

This leaves the door open for the appointment of another special counsel. "Goodlatte took particular aim at former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James B. Comey, asking for a second special counsel to evaluate the leaks he directed about his conversations with President Trump, among other things".

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The letter says the prosecutors will recommend whether an investigation is merited, whether any matters now under investigation require more resources and whether it is necessary to appoint a special counsel. Or, as a community organizer once put it, "Punch back twice as hard".

Trump repeatedly and publicly blasted Sessions for failing to aggressively pursue investigations that relate to his former 2016 campaign opponent.

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Boyd said he was neither confirming nor denying whether the Justice Department was now investigating any of the matters the letter refers to.

Trump, in particular, has highlighted allegations of Democratic wrongdoing to distract from Mueller's probe.

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A special counsel can be appointed when the Justice Department or a U.S. Attorney's office has a conflict of interest, there are other "extraordinary circumstances" or it would otherwise be "in the public interest" to do so, according to the federal regulation governing such appointments.

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