Sessions should quit or probe Clinton, GOP members say

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions should either quit his post or “do his job” by appointing a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party’s involvement in the infamous Trump-Russia dossier, two Republican Congress members said Monday.

Representatives Jim Jordan of Ohio and Matt Gaetz of Florida laid out the challenge to Sessions in a Fox News op-ed, once again showing the GOP’s fixation on investigating Clinton more than a year after the presidential election.

The Congressmen said there are several disputed Democratic scandals—James Comey’s handling of the probe into Clinton’s emails, Bill Clinton’s private meeting with former Attorney General Loretta Lynch during the investigation, and the Democratic funding for Fusion GPS’s Trump dossier—that still need to be checked out.

“The Attorney General has directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues raised in your letters,” Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote.

The Justice Department does not ordinarily confirm or deny investigations, and Boyd wrote that “this letter should not be construed to do so.”

The Justice Department’s letter specifically said that some of the topics requested by Goodlatte and other committee members were already being investigated by the department’s Inspector General’s office.

The letter specifically mentioned allegations related to the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email probe, including allegations that DOJ and FBI “policies or procedures” were “not followed in connection with, or in actions leading up to or related to” then-FBI Director James Comey’s public announcement to close the Clinton email “matter” on July 5, 2016, or the letter he sent lawmakers on October 28, 2016, about newly discovered Clinton emails, and that those “investigative decisions were based on improper considerations.”

“The Department has forwarded a copy of your letters to the IG so he can determine whether he should expand the scope of his investigation based on the information contained in those letters,” Boyd wrote. “Once the IG’s review is complete, the Department will assess what, if any, additional steps are necessary to address any issues identified by that review.”