The Washington Post reported Monday US time that Mr Sessions has directed senior prosecutors to investigate alleged wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation and the controversial sale of a uranium company to Russian Federation when Mrs Clinton was secretary of state in the Obama administration.
Sessions pushed backed, saying a special counsel is only appointed if there is enough evidence to merit that appointment.
It also follows interviews in which Mr Trump said he was "very frustrated" that he couldn't get the department of Justice or FBI to investigate what he believed was wrongdoing under his predecessor.
"I have not been improperly influenced and would not be improperly influenced", Mr. Sessions said.More news: Denver becomes one of several U.S. cities to ban cat declawing
Shortly before leaving on his trip to Asia, Trump said he was "very frustrated" that the Justice Department wasn't investigating Democrats for allegations of questionable dealings and relationships. Fox News host Sean Hannity, who is also an informal adviser to the president, has called for a special counsel to probe the uranium deal and has said that because Mueller was the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the time Uranium One was purchased, Mueller should be removed from his role probing the Trump White House.
Jordan asked if the Department Justice during the Obama administration used the dossier to get a warrant for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court.
"Why in 2016 did FBI Director Comey begin drafting an exoneration letter for Secretary Clinton, whom he called "grossly negligent" in an early draft of the letter, before completing the investigation?" That letter raised immediate concerns about the possible politicization of the DOJ because it seemed Sessions was willing to use right-wing talking points endorsed by the White House as grounds for a criminal probe into Clinton's time at the State Department.
Sessions insisted in his testimony that he is not leaning one way or the other on the appointment of a new special counsel and that he is awaiting a detailed presentation from senior officials at the Justice Department.More news: Why? Markiya Mitchell Rochester mom drowns baby son
Current and former Justice Department officials could not recall the last time the department publicly dangled the possibility of a special counsel appointment.
We know full well that Jeff Sessions despises marijuana and is a die-hard drug warrior from the Just Say No era. We have only had two.
The first one was the Waco [siege] - Sen. Each of those are pretty special, factual situations, and we will use the proper standards. "You can have your idea, but sometimes we have to study what the facts are and to evaluate whether it meets the standard that requires a special counsel".More news: Missed opportunity? The Putin-Trump summit that wasn't
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