President Donald Trump took to Twitter Monday morning to question why Congress and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have allowed the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s “crimes” and potential collusion with Russia to lapse.
So why aren't the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 24, 2017
The calls for a renewed effort to investigate Clinton’s alleged collusion with the Russians and other foreign governments echo tweets the president sent Saturday, in which he questioned why the attorney general and Special Counsel Robert Mueller are not investigating Sec. Clinton.
So many people are asking why isn't the A.G. or Special Council looking at the many Hillary Clinton or Comey crimes. 33,000 e-mails deleted?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2017
...What about all of the Clinton ties to Russia, including Podesta Company, Uranium deal, Russian Reset, big dollar speeches etc.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2017
My son Donald openly gave his e-mails to the media & authorities whereas Crooked Hillary Clinton deleted (& acid washed) her 33,000 e-mails!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2017
The pointed criticism toward AG Sessions follows President Trump’s revelation to the New York Times that he wouldn’t have nominated Sessions to lead the Justice Department had he known in advance that Sessions would recuse himself from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
“Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job, and I would have picked somebody else,” President Trump said.
Speaking last week, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the president has no intention to fire AG Sessions. Sessions would not have his job if the president did not have confidence in him, though President Trump is “disappointed” in the attorney general, Sanders told reporters.
"As the president said yesterday, he was disappointed in Attorney General Sessions' decision to recuse himself. But clearly he has confidence in him or he would not be the attorney general," Sanders said.
As the head of the executive branch, President Trump has the constitutional authority to instruct Attorney General Sessions to investigate Hillary Clinton’s ties to the Russians and potential crimes. Trump once told Clinton during the second presidential debate that she would be in jail if he were president.
Donald Trump Jr. came under attack last week after a previously undisclosed meeting with a Russian official to accept opposition research against the Clinton campaign was reported by the New York Times. Meanwhile, Clinton campaign chief John Podesta once sat on the board of a company that received $35 million from the Russian government, working with senior Russian official Anatol Chubais and Russian oligarch Ruben Vardanyan. The Clinton campaign also met with Ukranian officials last year in an attempt to gather opposition research on Trump.
There is at least as much evidence to suggest the Clinton campaign was guilty of collusion with the Russians as there is on the Trump campaign – which is to say, there is little evidence at all that either side “colluded” with the Russians.
However, if the president wants Clinton investigated, he has the power to make it happen. It is unclear why he is tweeting at Jeff Sessions when he can instruct him with an executive order.
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.