Accuracy in Media

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday he is considering appointing a second special counsel to look into Hillary Clinton, Uranium One and other matters — and mainstream media is not having it.

“I don’t want to be a Chicken Little,” CNN commentator Jeffrey Toobin said. “But, you know what, this is what happens in authoritarian countries like Turkey and Russia … that when a party takes power, they start criminally investigating their opponents. I mean, that’s what this is, if it happens.”

Toobin then alleged that Fox News is pulling the strings.

“Now, it hasn’t happened, as you pointed out, Chris [Cuomo]. But we’re talking about the Clinton Foundation back in the ‘90s and the early part of this decade. We’re talking about Uranium One, who’s already been investigated. I mean this is a question about whether Fox News runs the Justice Department or whether the career prosecutors run the Justice Department. And that’s the issue here.”

Slate highlighted Sessions’ statement in its Impeach-O-Meter feature – its “daily estimate of the likelihood that Donald Trump leaves office before his term ends, whether by being impeached (and convicted) or by resigning under threat of same.”

Congressional Republicans’ “beef with Clinton involves the server … but also extends to most of the rest of the events that have ever taken place in the universe,” Slate reported.

“The long and short of this conspiracizing is that Clinton has been let off the hook for the email thing – but also for the majestically overhyped Uranium One ‘scandal’ and for her involvement with the uncorroborated ‘Steele dossier’ which is misleading being presented by right-wing figures as the basis of the Trump-Russia investigation. – because the entire Obama Justice Department was in the bag for her.”

It’s not just Clinton — it’s also former FBI Director Jim Comey.

“In reality-world, Comey is considered a credible figure by nonpartisan observers and the general public,” Slate writes. “He’s a respected federal law enforcement lifer who moreover was himself a registered Republican until very recently.”

Comey’s political party is irrelevant given that he leaked a letter to the New York Times to force the appointment of a special counsel. Slate did not always consider Comey credible — especially on Oct. 27, 2016, when Comey announced he was considering reopening his investigation of Clinton’s email problems.

A Washington Post story by Matt Zapotosky said that although administrations provide policy guidance to the Justice Department, it does not typically weigh in on criminal probes. Besides, these have “long been conservative talking points” and had little investigative value.

“Unmasking is a routine part of intelligence officials’ job,” the Post said. “Officials have said there is no evidence to support Trump’s claim that he was wiretapped, and while conservatives have sought to cast the Uranium One deal as an example of Clinton taking Russian money to influence U.S. policy, there is no evidence that Clinton participated in any discussions regarding the sale.”

So she got $150 million but did nothing regarding the sale to Uranium One, there is no evidence Trump was wiretapped although wiretapped conversations seem to find their way into the news every day, and unmasking – which before the Obama administration, happened fewer than five times a year – is now “routine.”

And they wonder why Congress wants to continue to investigate.





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