GOP rep: Sessions had a 'come to Jesus moment' on Clinton special counsel

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanOvernight Health Care: 3.6M signed up for ObamaCare in first month | Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' next year | Dems push for more money to fight opioids Overnight Finance: Trump says shutdown 'could happen' | Ryan, conservatives inch closer to spending deal | Senate approves motion to go to tax conference | Ryan promises 'entitlement reform' in 2018 House conservatives, Ryan inch closer toward spending deal MORE (R-Ohio) said Tuesday that Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat House passes concealed carry gun bill Rosenstein to testify before House Judiciary Committee next week MORE had a "come to Jesus" moment over whether to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father MORE.

In an interview with CNN's "New Day," Jordan said that Sessions had a "come to Jesus" moment after reading Jordan's Monday op-ed in which Jordan and fellow Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzGOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Anger at Mueller burns hot on the right Sessions defends Lynch's use of an email pseudonym: 'I have a pseudonym' MORE (R-Fla.) called for Sessions to appoint a special prosecutor to examine allegations surrounding the Clinton Foundation and the sale of Uranium One, as well as the 2016 FBI investigation into Clinton's handling of classified information while secretary of State.

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Sessions is set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee later Tuesday, and the issue of a special counsel is likely to be brought up by senators.

"What we do know are all of the things that we have learned in the last few weeks on top of what Mr. Comey did in 2016, relative to the Clinton email investigation," Jordan said. "All of that combined certainly warrants a special counsel investigation."

Jordan used similar language Monday night in an interview with Fox News, calling the allegations that Clinton was involved in a scheme to sell a company with access to U.S. uranium to a Russian nuclear agency in exchange for donations to the Clinton Foundation "serious."

"It's amazing. Today we do an op-ed, and suddenly, the Department of Justice has had a come to Jesus moment and now there's going to be a special counsel, at least they're talking about a special counsel," Jordan said Monday.

“That's exactly what has to happen when you think about the things we've learned and how serious they are. The American people want answers, we want to give them those answers, and we think a special counsel's the way to go."

Democrats have countered that Clinton wasn't personally involved in the sale of the company, which was approved by the interagency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, not just the State Department.

A report from The Hill earlier this month revealed that the Uranium One sale resulted in some U.S. uranium being shipped to Canada and Europe, despite promises from the Obama administration that it could not leave the U.S.

“The more that surfaces about this deal, the more questions it raises," Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration Thanks to the farm lobby, the US is stuck with a broken ethanol policy MORE (R-Iowa) said in a statement earlier this month. "It now appears that despite pledges to the contrary, U.S. uranium made its way overseas as a part of the Uranium One deal."