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Jeff Sessions Appears to Have Poured Cold Water (Again) on Republican Demands for Second Special Counsel

Jeff Sessions at the Justice Department on Nov. 29.
Jeff Sessions at the Justice Department on Nov. 29.
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About a month ago, the more conspiratorial wing of the Republican Party was agitated about some very thin allegations that Hillary Clinton committed improprieties related to a uranium-mining merger and manipulated the FBI into investigating Donald Trump. How thin were the allegations? So much so that hard-line GOP Attorney General Jeff Sessions was openly dismissive of the Republican congressmen who, at a Nov. 14 hearing, insisted that he needed to appoint a second special counsel to investigate them:

Rep. Jim Jordan: So I guess my main question is, what’s it going to take to actually get a special counsel? What’s it going to take to actually get a special counsel?
Sessions: It would take a factual basis that meets a standards of the appointment of a special counsel.

Sessions later responded to Jordan’s insistence that “it looks like” Clinton may have done something inappropriate by observing curtly that ” ‘Looks like’ is not enough basis to appoint a special counsel.”

Cut to this week: Fox News and Donald Trump’s lawyers are again demanding a second special counsel, this time to investigate the possibility that officials at the Justice Department and FBI are engaged in an anti-Trump conspiracy with Robert Mueller. Here’s Sessions’ response:

Jake Gibson, a Fox News producer, is calling this breaking news, but to me it sounds like a slow-play brush-off given the urgency with which Fox personalities have been demanding the investigation and possibly even imprisonment of Mueller and others.

Here’s how I’m picturing it:

SESSIONS (on phone): “Uh, yeah, we’ve got our top guy on it …. we’ll definitely get back to you as soon as we find anything.”

SESSIONS hangs up the phone and looks up from his desk with a sly grin on his face.

Room filled with DOJ OFFICIALS surrounding SESSIONS erupts in laughter. DOJ OFFICIALS return their attention to an air hockey match taking place in the center of the office on a table for which several desks have been hastily moved to make room. DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL ROD ROSENSTEIN turns up the volume dial on a boombox which is playing “Jungle Boogie.”


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