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Jeff Sessions under pressure...

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    Jeff Session is under pressure from the Trump's wing to lynch Hillary Clinton for the Uranium deal.

    So far he is resisting. What I suspect is happening behind the scenes is that the Justice Department already has investigated and there are existing reports that clear HC from any wrong doing. All key angles\facts have been reviewed multiple times. No matter how many times they look at the facts, the conclusions are same.

    If Sessions were to appoint a Special Prosecutor, the existing JD reports made public one way or another forcing Session to go before congress again to explain why the JD fully investigated the matter more than once, yet he went ahead and appointed Special Prosecutor especially given trump's repeated campaign promises to prosecute political opponents.

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    Shepard Smith on Fox News went out of his way to debunk his own network's false facts on the Hillary Clinton Uranium deal. It is an easy story to debunk and everyone knows it would be a waste of tax payers money to investigate it again. However, Fox News has dug themselves a big hole by pushing this false story again and again. The Fox News loyal viewers are demanding the firing of Shepard Smith for being out of line with the usual Fox News propaganda.

    Even Jeff Sessions answers at the hearing suggest he knows that the investigation would be bogus. But for the facts don't matter Republicans in Congress and Fox News viewers this story enrages their passions. It generates campaign contributions and votes.

    Yes, certainly if Jeff Sessions calls for a special prosecutor it opens him up to charges of using his office to advance Trump conspiracy theories for political gain. Not a comfortable place to be.

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    Of course a nice try of the Trump "mob"; I only hope Mueller is just about ready to put the whole bunch in jail. According to the news the "Dossier" seems to be more and more confirmed to be true. I only hope the whole "mob" family gets expelled.

    My biggest worry is however; how can you undo all the damage done like all the "useless" appointments Trump made in the Government. ( Carson, Pruitt, Tillerson, Kelly, McNuchin?, Gorsuch etc. etc.)

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    Yes while the cabinet posts only last as long as his presidency, the appointments for federal judges are lifetime appointments. Trump's legacy in that regard will live well beyond our respective lifetimes.

    Elections have consequences.

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    I second Schmidt. It would be a colossal waste of taxpayer dollars, but that didn't stop Republicans from spending tens of millions of taxpayer dollars trying to find a way to pin the Benghazi attack on Hillary.

    However, a special prosecutor is a hell of a lot different than a partisan Congressional investigation. If the DOJ goes down that road then we would have a lot to worry about concerning the independence of our justice department.

    My thoughts are that this whole charade is a smokescreen the Republicans are using in a desperate attempt to change the topic away from Donald's top campaign advisers being indicted on Federal charges.

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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Yes, certainly if Jeff Sessions calls for a special prosecutor it opens him up to charges of using his office to advance Trump conspiracy theories for political gain. Not a comfortable place to be.

    I suspect that Session has discovered that the JD is not corrupt, and career investigators with decades of experince know what they are doing from a legal perspective. He, nor trump, can walk in and dictate the JD be used to harrash individuals who trump does not like.

    It truly is amazing how dumb trump is when it comes to politics. He assumes that as president, he has the powers to override legal mandates that govern federal agencies. Maybe he is not that dumb, and simply is fucking with people because its to his advantage to jerk around federal agencies.

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    Sessions has selective memory problems. Claims he didn't recall Popodopoulous, then before congress inquiry lately, he suddenly recalls the meeting. IMHO, he is a bad liar. About as bad as Bill Clinton.
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    The proper term for the situation that acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is in s "deep doo doo". His meeting before a House panel this morning can best be described as "contentious".

    Here are a few key phrases from the article:

    Mr. Nadler, the committee chairman, opened the hearing with sharp criticisms of Mr. Whitaker’s conduct while the acting attorney general. In particular he took Mr. Whitaker to task for refusing to recuse himself from overseeing the Russia investigation even after career ethics officials recommended that he do so — a decision that Mr. Nadler said fell “well short of the mark.”

    It’s one of many actions that Mr. Nadler said raised important questions about why President Trump chose Mr. Whitaker to run the department: Why did the president get rid of Mr. Sessions? Why did Mr. Whitaker choose to oversee an investigation that could harm Mr. Trump? And what does Mr. Trump hope to get from Mr. Whitaker’s leadership?

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/08/us/politics/matthew-whitaker-testimony.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

    Whitaker is in an uncomfortable place for a couple of reasons:

    (1) If he had refused to meet with the committee (which he threatened), he could have been found guilty of contempt of congress, which could lead to a jail term)

    (2) If he is honest in his answers, Trump is going to go crazy