Many in the national news media are worried about the idea of a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton, even though Attorney General Jeff Sessions indicated this week he is not prepared to establish one to examine her possible role in allowing Russia to buy a Canadian uranium company.
During his Tuesday testimony on Capitol Hill, Sessions seemed to suggest it was unlikely he would appoint a special counsel to probe the 2010 deal. Some Republicans claim Clinton played some role in the sale, and have noted that the Canadian company, Uranium One, once gave money to the Clinton Foundation.
“We had an attorney general that stepped up and look like he was not going to allow a president or Republicans in Congress turn this Justice Department into some device for a tyrannical, autocrat in the making,” MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said Wednesday in praise of Sessions.
That wasn’t enough for many others in the press who rushed to claim that Clinton had not done anything worthy of investigating. Some said that inquiring into the issue any further would signal that the Justice Department was operating as a political tool for Trump and Republicans.
The New York Times said an investigation could only be interpreted “purely as revenge” for special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in the election.
Others worried that Republicans would eventually pressure Sessions to launch some probe into the matter, even though Sessions insisted during the hearing he would not let politics dictate his actions.