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“We will use the proper standards and that’s the only thing I can tell you, Mr. Jordan. You can have your idea but sometimes we have to study what the facts are and to evaluate whether it meets thestandards it requires,” said Jeff Sessions to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) in front of the House Judiciary Committee today, in response to Jordan’s demand for appointment of a special counsel toinvestigate Hillary Clinton. The HIll:

Jordan made a fiery case for allegations of improper spying on the Trump campaign by the Obama administration Department of Justice that widely was touted amongst Capitol Hill Republicans.

“We know one fact. We know the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee paid for the dossier,” he said.

“And it sure looks like the FBI was paying the author of that document and it sure looks like a major political party was working with the federal government to then turn an opposition research document — the equivalent of some National Enquirer story — into an intelligence document to take that to the FISA Court so they could then get a warrant to spy on President Trump’s campaign,” Jordan said. “That’s what it looks like and I’m asking you, in addition to all the things we know about James Comey in 2016, doesn’t that warrant naming a second special counsel?” he said.

“I would say ‘looks like’ is not enough basis to appoint a special counsel,” Sessions said, before admitting that he had already directed prosecutors to look into whether a special prosecutor was needed.

It will provide a certain amount of comic relief to see how much further the Republicans need to carry on with these bonehead contentions of Hillary giving all the uranium away to the Rooskies, or whatever the talking point is on Fox News this afternoon. This morning’s testimony will look good in Jim Jordan’s twitter feed and that’s all he really cares about anyhow. He knows he’s being ridiculous. And Jeff Sessions sure as hell knows. About that there isn’t the slightest question.

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