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Clinton says special counsel probe of her would be "abuse of power"

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

Hillary Clinton tells Mother Jones that appointing a special counsel to investigate her ties to a Russian uranium deal would be a "disastrous step into politicizing the Justice Department."

"If they send a signal that we're going to be like some dictatorship, like some authoritarian regime, where political opponents are going to be unfairly, fraudulently investigated, that rips at the fabric of the contract we have, that we can trust our justice system ... It will be incredibly demoralizing to people who have served at the Justice Department, under both Republicans and Democrats, because they know better. But it will also send a terrible signal to our country and the world that somehow we are giving up on the kind of values that we used to live by and we used to promote worldwide."
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