Jeff Sessions rebuffed a Republican who wants to investigate Comey

Freedom Caucus founder Jim Jordan is one of the leading voices pushing for Attorney General Sessions to create a probe to look into James Comey

In a celebrated 1940 address that's still required reading for federal prosecutors today, Attorney General (and later Supreme Court Justice) Robert Jackson identified the Justice Department's ability to "choose [its] defendants" as "the most unsafe power of the prosecutor: that he will pick people that he thinks he should get, rather than pick cases that need to be prosecuted".

The report follows weeks of critical coverage on Pirro's show, "Justice with Judge Jeanine", and elsewhere on Fox, of the 2016 deal that allowed a Russian nuclear agency to purchase Uranium One, a Canadian company that owns access to uranium in the US.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions threw some cold water on the idea of appointing a special counsel to investigate various matters related to Hillary Clinton and Democrats, as some Republicans have called for.

But even though a special counsel hasn't been appointed, questions about the independence of the hypothetical investigation are already swirling.

Republicans have said special counsel Robert Mueller can not impartially investigate the matter because he led the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the time of the deal.

The department also confirmed that it was considering a special counsel to investigate the foundation of former president Bill Clinton, and its ties to companies involved in a deal that sold U.S. uranium rights to a Russian state company.

But Sessions said the DOJ requires a high standard of evidence to appoint a special counsel, which means he may not grant that request.

Politico interviewed some of Clinton's former aides, who said the focus should remain on the current special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the election and whether Trump's campaign colluded in any way.

The deal gave the Russian company a controlling interest in a fifth of US uranium reserves.

Some conservatives say a special counsel appointment could have consequences far beyond Clinton. 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.

"There's no way the American people can trust Robert Mueller to investigate anything Russia-related", Hannity has said.

"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?"

"The Department of Justice can never be used to retaliate politically against opponents".

Asked by ABC's Jonathan Karl if he was considering firing Sessions over such frustrations, Trump replied, "I don't know".

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