Jeff Sessions has been in confirmation hearings with the Senate Judiciary Committee since Tuesday morning to determine if he should fill the role of Attorney General. Sessions, if allowed, will take the seat of President Obama’s appointment, Loretta Lynch.
Sessions is a former federal prosecutor and has served as a senator for Alabama since 1997. He recently came into the spotlight for his comments about Hillary Clinton and her email servers. During an interview with Fox Business Network, he said he was “uncomfortable the way the investigation was conducted”. He said the investigation should have gone before a grand jury.
A grand jury preempts a regular jury and determines whether criminal charges are feasible.
Sessions also indicated that he didn’t think the FBI fully investigated the dealings of Hillary Clinton. He thought Clinton might have helped The Clinton Foundation through her position as Secretary of State.
Now, that Sessions is on the edge of being accepted for Attorney General, the Judiciary Committee is digging into Session’s comments. If he becomes the new AG, it will be in his power to seek out punishment for Hillary.
In response to a question from Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) regarding his comments about the email and Clinton Foundation scandals during the presidential campaign, Sessions agreed that some of his past comments would place his objectivity in question.
The proper thing for me to do would be to recuse myself in anything involving Secretary Clinton that were raised in the campaign.
Grassley continued to press asking if Sessions would actually recuse himself, unlike Loretta Lynch. He gave the example that Lynch said she would defer to the FBI, but then actually did not give them the final say.
Sessions affirmed he would saying there was a process in place. He also pointed out that this was not a political motivation, as much as there is an expectation that Clinton’s flagrant disregard of the law should be punished.
If Sessions does recuse himself, Clinton is not automatically off the hook. As Total Patriot reported on December 6, House Oversight Committee Jason Chaffetz was not in the mood to let go.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) says Hillary Clinton’s actions as secretary of State have raised too many red flags for Congress to stop investigating her just because she lost the presidential election.
“It was potentially one of the largest breaches in security in the history of the State Department. It cannot and should not be repeated ever again,” he said. “There are still open questions that we need to finish up so they won’t happen again.”