Conspiracy Theory

Witch Hunt

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump and the right wing have long implored their lackeys to investigate Hillary Clinton for extremely dubious reasons and, according to the Daily Beast, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions did take a step toward doing that.

A document obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) revealed that Sessions wrote a letter to a US attorney asking them to investigate the Justice Department's handling of the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One.

Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote the letter on Nov. 22, 2017 for Utah U.S. Attorney John Huber. Matt Whitaker, who was Sessions’ chief of staff at the time, emailed the letter to Huber that day, writing, “As we discussed.” He also sent Huber a copy of a letter the Justice Department’s Congressional affairs chief sent to the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee on Nov. 13 of that year.

The existence of a letter documenting Sessions’ directive that the DOJ revisit probes of Trump’s top political foe is a surprise because a department lawyer said in court last year that senior officials insisted it didn’t exist. The liberal nonprofit American Oversight obtained the letter through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request they filed on Nov. 22, 2017––the same day Whitaker emailed Sessions’ letter to Huber.

This was essentially a directive to investigate nothing because the Clinton Foundation was never implicated in a crime and the so-called Uranium One "scandal" was never anything more than a conspiracy theory that spawned from right wing fever swamps.

Republicans accused former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of approving the sale of Canadian-owned mines inside the United States to a Russia company because of donations to the Clinton Foundation, but those claims were never substantiated. Moreover, as the secretary of state, Clinton had very little involvement in the decision to approve the sale which was approved by the National Security Council.

  • Badgerite

    The agencies that would have had the ultimate say in that Uranium One decision would have been the Departments of Energy and Defense. State would have been third at best. What’s more, is there any evidence of any kind that the deal was somehow bad for our national security? No. There isn’t. Both Russia and the US have large stockpiles of enriched uranium and already have the largest nuclear arsenals in the world. Uranium is used for a lot of non military commercial purposes and the Canadian company involved is in that market. My God, trump nearly sits in Putin fffing lap. Who do they think they’re kidding? What’s more it is estimated that the actual to date share of the commercial market for Uranium that the US sold is something closer to 2%. Nine federal agencies all had to sign off on the deal along with President Obama. None of those agencies and certainly not President Obama had any interest financial or otherwise in the Clinton Foundation. The decision between those agencies and the POTUS was unanimous. And the Clinton Foundation was a genuine charitable foundation as opposed to the trump foundation which was a political and personal slush fund and has now been closed down by the authorities for this reason.

  • muselet

    The existence of a letter documenting Sessions’ directive that the DOJ revisit probes of Trump’s top political foe is a surprise because a department lawyer said in court last year that senior officials insisted it didn’t exist.

    This is a surprise to whom, exactly?

    –alopecia

  • Nefercat

    I know Secretary Clinton was, and arguably always will be, a public figure, but at what point would horseshit like this become malicious prosecution or harassment or some such thing? Is she legally obligated to spend thousands and thousands of dollars in legal fees for the rest of her life every time some traitorous republican craps out another steaming “scandal” that she should be investigated and hung for?

  • mnpollio

    Whenever I hear these right-wing loons carry on about investigating Hillary Clinton, they need to be reminded that Mrs. Clinton has been arguably the most investigated person in politics in the last 40 years. There were over a dozen investigations into her just regarding her e-mails and BENGHAZI, BENGHAZI, BENGHAZI. And that does not even include White Water and Vince Foster etc. And after all of those investigations, the feverish Republican feces in Congress have turned up exactly nothing. Are these right-wing blisters so stupid as to believe that if the Republicans in Congress (who have literally spent a generation turning Clinton into the boogeyman they have always wanted) were able to find a shred of anything that could even be passed off as evidence in a court of law that they would not have immediately exploited it? What kills me is that after all this time the obvious answer – that there is simply nothing to find – never seems to occur to them because it runs contrary to what they have been trained to believe by the Fox News/conservative blog overlords. Then again, why should this be a surprise since these same people believe that Trump is innocent of all wrongdoing and the guilty pleas and people falling on the sword all around him is just sound and fury.

    • Christopher Foxx

      Are these right-wing blisters so stupid as to believe…

      Doesn’t matter how you finish that question. The answer is always “Yes, they are that stupid”.

  • Georgie

    I believe it, I still see many, many comments about the President Obama just “giving” Iran all that money. Oh and I almost forgot, Mrs. Clinton was involved with that too. sigh..