“A disastrous step into politicizing the Justice Department.”
In an interview with Mother Jones, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that any investigation into her by the Trump administration represents a “politicization” of the U.S. justice system and is an unconstitutional “abuse of power.”
Clinton’s remarks were a response to a question centered around the recent announcement that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is weighing whether to appoint a special counsel to investigate “the Uranium One deal and suspected criminal business dealings connected to the Clinton Foundation.”
Clinton responded by saying that doing so would be “a disastrous step into politicizing the Justice Department.”
“If they send a signal that we’re going to be like some dictatorship, like some authoritarian regime, where political opponents are going to be unfairly, fraudulently investigated, that rips at the fabric of the contract we have, that we can trust our justice system,” Clinton continued.
Clinton ultimately suggested that an investigation into her past dealings, including allegations which she claims have been “debunked,” would be illegal because it would represent an unconstitutional “abuse of power.”
News that Sessions is considering appointing a special counsel to investigate Clinton was released in a letter by Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd this week in response to multiple requests by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and other committee members to appoint a special counsel to investigate Clinton.
“The Attorney General has directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues raised in your letters,” Boyd wrote. “These senior prosecutors will report directly to the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General, as appropriate, and will make recommendations as to whether any matters not currently under investigation should be opened, whether any matters currently under investigation require further resources, or whether any matters merit the appointment of a Special Counsel.”