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US attorney general vows quick decision on Clinton prosecutor

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US Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on November 14, 2017, in Washington, DC.<br />Sessions vowed Tuesday to decide quickly on whether to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton’s alleged mishandling of classified materials. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SMIALOWSKI

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed Tuesday to decide quickly whether to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton’s alleged mishandling of classified materials when she was secretary of state.

Asked in a House Judiciary Committee hearing whether he would review requests for a prosecutor “fairly and expeditiously,” Sessions confirmed he would.

“You can be sure that they will be done without political influence and they will be done correctly and properly,” Sessions said.

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On Monday the Justice Department informed the committee it was weighing proposals to name an special independent counsel to investigate the FBI’s handling of a probe last year into the Democrat Clinton’s use of a personal server for official and in some cases classified emails, in breach of government rules.

The department also confirmed that it was considering a special counsel to investigate the foundation of former president Bill Clinton, and its ties to companies involved in a deal that sold US uranium rights to a Russian state company.


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