Jeff Sessions
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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday said he would decide quickly whether to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton's alleged mishandling of classified materials when she was secretary of state.

Asked in a House Judiciary Committee hearing whether he would review requests for a prosecutor "fairly and expeditiously," Sessions confirmed he would, reported AFP.

"You can be sure that they will be done without political influence and they will be done correctly and properly," he said.

On Monday, the Justice Department informed the committee it was weighing proposals to name an special independent counsel to investigate the FBI's handling of a probe last year into Clinton's use of a personal server for official and in some cases classified emails, in breach of government rules.

Last July, then-FBI Director James Comey announced that he did not recommend charging Clinton with willfully mishandling classified information.

While Comey called the former Secretary of State “extremely careless” for using the server, he also said that “no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”

Last October, days before the presidential election in which Clinton was running against Donald Trump, news broke that Comey had sent a letter to Congress announcing that he had reopened the investigation into her emails.

While Comey subsequently announced that his original recommendation stood, Clinton blames the timing of his letter for her election loss.