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Fmr. Attorney General: There Is No Need For A Special Prosecutor

Nancy Pelosi’s comments about Jeff Sessions recusal are absurd

Former Bush Attorney General Michael Mukasey told MSNBC’s Greta Van Susteren that there is no need for a special prosecutor to be appointed to investigate Trump campaign contacts with Russian officials because no crime was committed.

“A special prosecutor is appointed when there is some indication that there’s a crime to be investigated. The only crime that I’m aware of in connection to this whole matter is the crime of hacking the Democratic National Committee, and it’s chair way back when. And we know who did that, it was the Russians,” Mukasey told Van Susteren.

“There’s no other crime as far as I know to investigate. So appointing somebody to simply take a look at — in the abstract at the situation is not something that prosecutors do.”

Van Susteren then asked Mukasey about comments House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) made regarding Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his recusal.

Pelosi said of the Sessions recusal that it was “an admission that something was wrong” during a Politico forum on Friday.

“That’s absurd,” Mukasey interjected. “There’s a section in the Code of Federal Regulations that says that if you’re involved in a campaign, and there is an investigation of that campaign then you’re supposed to recuse yourself.”

Mukasey went on to say, “I think he was recusing himself prematurely because again, there’s no investigation, no criminal investigation going on that we’re aware of.”