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    Robert Mueller’s investigation of Trump ‘needs to conclude,’ Jeff Sessions says

    Robert Mueller’s investigation of Trump ‘needs to conclude,’ Jeff Sessions says

    By Stephen Dinan
    The Washington Times
    Thursday, April 26, 2018

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday that an ongoing probe into President Trump “needs to conclude” in order to let him focus on North Korea, the U.S.-Mexico border and other world negotiations.

    Mr. Sessions also said he expects the Justice Department inspector general to finish his investigation into the department’s and FBI’s handling of investigations into Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election in a “few weeks,” saying that will provide more information for decisions on whether there was wrongdoing.

    Testifying to the House on Thursday, Mr. Sessions was pressed by a lawmaker who said he saw a “double standard” in comparing the ongoing special counsel probe into Mr. Trump, while Mr. Sessions has declined to name a second special counsel to review the way the department and the FBI handled Mrs. Clinton.

    “At the very root of this, I think my constituents are frustrated, are angry, they see a double standard historically. They want justice,” said Rep. Evan Jenkins, West Virginia Republican, ticking off a number of red flags he said deserved the heightened powers a special counsel should look at.

    Mr. Sessions said he didn’t want to appoint special counsels “willy-nilly” but said his department is taking deliberate steps. He’s named a U.S. attorney to oversee an investigation and coordinate with the inspector general whose probe has been ongoing for months.

    He also said they’re sharing an unprecedented amount of information with GOP-led congressional committees who are probing the same matters.

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    U.S. Attorney General Sessions says Mueller probe has taken on 'life of its own'

    Sarah N. Lynch
    April 26, 2018 / 2:03 PM
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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday defended his decision not to appoint a second special prosecutor to investigate Republicans’ concerns about the FBI by noting that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe had already taken on “a life of its own.”

    Speaking to a U.S. House appropriations panel during a routine budget hearing, Sessions told lawmakers that the Justice Department needed to “be disciplined and stay within our classical procedure and rules” before rushing to hire more special counsels.

    “I do not think we need to willy-nilly appoint special counsels,” he said, after listening to a laundry list of frustrations aired by West Virginia Republican Congressman Evan Jenkins.

    “As we can see, it can really take on a life of its own.”

    Sessions has often found himself in the crosshairs of President Donald Trump’s wrath because of his decision to recuse himself from overseeing the probe into whether Trump’s presidential campaign colluded with Russia.

    Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion with Russia, has called the probe a “witch hunt,” lamented tapping Sessions as attorney general, and mused about whether to fire Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the probe due to Sessions’ recusal.

    Trump’s ire was further provoked more recently after the FBI raided the office and home of his personal attorney, Michael Cohen.

    In an interview on “Fox and Friends” early Thursday, Trump hinted he might get more aggressive in trying to shake up leadership at the Justice Department, saying: “I’ve taken the position - and I don’t have to take this position and maybe I’ll change - that I will not be involved with the Justice Department.”

    Republicans frustrated by the Mueller probe have since launched investigations into other matters such as the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation and whether the Justice Department committed abuses when it applied to a special court for a warrant to conduct surveillance on Carter Page, a former Trump national security campaign adviser.

    In response to those concerns, Sessions asked U.S. Attorney John Huber of the District of Utah to independently review the issues, rather than hiring a special prosecutor.

    On Thursday, Sessions staunchly defended the FBI, calling its director, Christopher Wray a “man of integrity,” and warned lawmakers not to “smear everybody” at the department.

    Jenkins urged Sessions to reconsider on tapping a second special counsel, noting his constituents are losing patience.

    “We are frustrated we have had a special counsel... investigating collusion over a year without a scintilla of evidence,” he said.

    Sessions responded that he understands why some Americans - and Trump - may be frustrated.

    “I think the American people are concerned and the president is concerned,” Sessions said.

    “He is dealing with France and North Korea and Syria and taxes and regulations and border and crime every day.”

    “This thing, he continued, “needs to conclude.”

    Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Andrea Ricci
    Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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    So nice to see Jeff Sessions speaking out about concluding the Mueller investigation. What these awful people behind this Russia Hoax investigation have done and tried to do is despicable.
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