Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions told a conservative radio host that he was open to naming a “special counsel” to review actions of the Justice Department under the Obama administration.
Sessions was a vocal critic of his predecessors, Eric H. Holder Jr. and Loretta Lynch, and their decisions in various investigations. Among those that irked him most were the probes into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of State and into the IRS’ mishandling of tax exemption applications by conservative groups.
The Justice Department declined to bring charges in either investigation.
Sessions told radio host Hugh Hewitt that he was “going to do everything I possibly can to restore the independence and professionalism of the Department of Justice.”
“So we would have to consider whether or not some outside special counsel is needed,” he said. “Generally, a good review of that internally is the first step before any such decision is made”
Sessions also said he favored keeping open the controversial prison at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and would support sending terror suspects there. “It’s just a very fine place for holding these kinds of dangerous criminals,” Sessions said.