Sessions Raises Prospect of Special Counsel on GOP Concerns

Freedom Caucus founder Jim Jordan is one of the leading voices pushing for Attorney General Sessions to create a probe to look into James Comey

Freedom Caucus founder Jim Jordan is one of the leading voices pushing for Attorney General Sessions to create a probe to look into James Comey

According to a report from Fox News, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is looking into possibly opening an investigation into Hillary Clinton's involvement with sales of a uranium mining company to Russian Federation.

The letter comes one day before Sessions is to appear before the Judiciary panel for a Justice Department oversight hearing.

Those prosecutors would then make recommendations "as to whether any matters not now under investigation should be opened, whether any matters now under investigation require further resources, or whether any matters merit the appointment of a Special Counsel", the letter said.

Court documents unsealed this month in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation suggest Sessions was aware of contact between members of President Donald Trump's campaign and the Russians.

This leaves the door open for the appointment of another special counsel.

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In a response sent to Goodlatte on the eve of Sessions' appearance before the House Judiciary Committee, Justice official Stephen Boyd wrote that Sessions had "directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues raised" in Goodlatte's letter.

The Washington Post previously reported on Boyd's letter Monday.

Numerous items Goodlatte wanted probed had always been conservative talking points, some having to do with matters many considered long resolved: various decisions made in the Clinton email case, the Uranium One purchase, the so-called "unmasking" of people by the intelligence committee, and allegations, which officials have said were untrue, by Trump that he was wiretapped by his predecessors.

"Everybody is asking why the Justice Department (and FBI) isn't looking into all of the dishonesty going on with Crooked Hillary & the Dems", Trump tweeted in early November, subsequently referring to "deleted E-mails, Uranium, Podesta, the Server, plus, plus." in a subsequent tweet.

The DOJ will reportedly wait for a review to be completed by the inspector general before deciding what "additional steps" may need to be taken regarding the Uranium One case.

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The Justice Department does not ordinarily confirm or deny investigations, and Boyd wrote that "this letter should not be construed to do so".

The letter comes in the wake of tweets and critical comments from President Trump about what he called the "lack of investigation" into "the Uranium deal to Russian Federation, the 33,000 plus deleted Emails, the Comey fix and so much more".

"Professionalism, integrity and public confidence in the Department's work is critical for us, and no priority is higher", he added.

The agreement was reached while Clinton led the State Department and some investors in the company had relationships with former President Bill Clinton and donated large sums to the Clinton Foundation.

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