“Conservative pressure on Sessions grows”
Frustration is mounting on the right over Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s apparent reluctance to open investigations into Hillary Clinton and the Democrats.
…Independent legal experts say the attorney general is in a tough spot.
There is roiling anger on the right at Mueller’s investigation, prompting new demands that Sessions open probes into Democrats as well.
But special counsel investigations are exceedingly rare — Mueller’s is only the second in history. They also require a specific set of circumstances to launch. Any new investigation is sure to be seen as a partisan response to growing pressure on Sessions from the White House and conservative media.
“It’s difficult, particularly when you’re the party in power, because you’ll come under criticism for using the Justice Department to damage a political opponent, in this case a former presidential candidate,” said Robert Ray, the former independent counsel during the Clinton administration’s Whitewater controversy.
…In the meantime, legal experts expect the pressure on Sessions will continue to come from every direction.
“Prosecution is not politics by another means. Justice has to stand and say no if there are efforts to politicize this,” said Ray, the Whitewater investigator. “Special counsels aren’t the solution to a political problem. They are judgments from career prosecutors, so the appropriate thing now is to wait for their recommendation.”