Rep. Gaetz: AG Sessions Must 'Name a Special Counsel' For Uranium One Scandal or 'Step Down'

By Michael W. Chapman | November 16, 2017 | 2:16pm EST
House Rep. Matt Gaetz
(R-Fla.)
(Screenshot  CSPAN)

(CNSNews.com) -- After Attorney General Jeff Sessions apparently gave contradictory answers about his authority to appoint a special counsel to investigate the Uranium One scandal, House Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) released a statement saying he was tired of the Justice Department's months' long "smoke and mirrors" on the topic and added that Sessions needs to appoint a "special counsel and get answers for the American people, or step down from his position." 

“We continue to have a lack of clarity from the attorney general, and Tuesday’s hearing is just another example of the ongoing elusion," said Rep. Gaetz in a Nov. 15 statement, in reference to Sessions' Tuesday testimony before the House Judiciary Committee. 

"At one point, the attorney general said he had the power to appoint a special counsel, only to recount later that he wasn’t sure," said Gaetz. 

"I have been calling for three-and-a-half months for an investigation on Uranium One and the Obama-Clinton era scandals, and have now reached the point that I am done with the DOJ’s smoke and mirrors," said the congressman.

"The time has come for Jeff Sessions to name a special counsel and get answers for the American people, or step down from his position as the Attorney General,” said Rep. Gaetz.

During Tuesday's hearing, Rep. Gaetz asked Attorney General Sessions, "Do you have the authority today, subject to your recusal, to appoint a special counsel to investigate the Uranium One matter?"

Sessions said, "I believe I do."

A little later, Rep. Gaetz asked Sessions, “I just want to be clear, as it relates to the Uranium One matter, you do believe you have the authority to appoint a special counsel and you do not believe that that authority you have isn’t subject to any recusal at this time?”

Sessions answered, "I cannot say that."

Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  (Screenshot  CSPAN)

Back in July, 20 Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Attorney General Sessions requesting that a special counsel be appointed to investigate the Clinton Foundation, which received $145 million in donations from nine people invested in the Vancouver-based company Uranium One, which was sold to Russia's Rosatom in 2010. 

Attorney General Sessions did not respond to that letter. Gaetz and other committee members then met with Sessions and DOJ officials on September 28 but "many of their questions remained unanswered," said Gaetz. 

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