Hillary Clinton Says Trump's Special Counsel Threat Could Politicize The Justice Department

Posted November 18, 2017

In the interview, she said Trump's directive would represent "an abuse of power" which would only serve to "politicise the Justice Department and justice system". "And it goes right at the rule of law".

During an exclusive interview with Mother Jones Wednesday, Clinton said reports that the attorney general had asked top prosecutors to look into appointing a special counsel to probe the sale of a uranium company to Russian Federation represented a "politicization of the Justice Department".

Smith used the fervor on Tuesday, which included a call from conservative lawmakers to appoint a special counsel to investigate the deal, to throw cold water on any hopes of catching Clinton or others in the former Obama administration in a grand Russian Federation scheme.

"I'm not concerned, because I know that there is no basis to it", Clinton said of the potential investigation.

The former secretary of state said appointing a special counsel to investigate her would be "such a disastrous step into politicizing the justice system". "And at the end of the day, nothing will come of it, but it will, you know, cause a lot of awful consequences that we might live with for a really long time".

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Clinton's foundation received a surge of funds prior to the sale of Uranium One, a sale Hillary's State Department had a role in approving or denying.

There is no evidence so far to support these claims as the 2009 sale of Uranium One was approved by a nine-agency panel that wasn't controlled by Clinton.

Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, opened investigations on October 24 into the agreement struck during the previous administration of President Barack Obama, a Democrat.

Many Fox News personalities are doubling down on their advocacy for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the made-up "Uranium One scandal", in spite of the fact that anchor Shepard Smith emphatically debunked the story on Tuesday.

'The accusation is predicated on the charge that Secretary Clinton approved the sale, ' Smith added. "A committee of nine evaluated the sale, the president approved the sale, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and others had to offer permits, and none of the uranium was exported for use by the United States to Russian Federation".

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Fox News, as well as President Donald Trump and his allies, have suggested for months that donations to the Clinton Foundation were tied to the approval of a deal by the State Department and the Obama administration.

The story has already been refuted by several other sources, including The Washington Post, the Post notes.

"It is nothing but a false charge that the Trump administration is trying to drum up in order to avoid attention being drawn to them".

Smith showed a clip from the 2016 presidential election campaign in which Trump attacked Clinton over the uranium deal.

The Fox News anchor Shepard Smith discredited an unsubstantiated theory that his network and other conservative media outlets and Republican politicians have aggressively promoted as Hillary Clinton's Uranium One "scandal".

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