Sessions directs prosecutors to look into uranium deal, Clinton Foundation

Cheryl Sanders
November 14, 2017

Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and a Judiciary Committee colleague want to question Jeff Sessions again in light of evidence suggesting the attorney general knew more than he has said about the Trump campaign's contact with Russian Federation.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked Justice Department prosecutors to decide if a special counsel should be appointed to investigate certain Republican concerns, including alleged wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation and the sale of a uranium company to Russian Federation, according to media reports on Monday.

Boyd's letter didn't specify the nature of the allegations involving the Clinton Foundation, but in a letter calling for the investigation, Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., discussed "WikiLeaks disclosures concerning the Clinton Foundation and its potentially unlawful global dealings" and "connections between the Clinton campaign, or the Clinton Foundation, and foreign entities, including those from Russian Federation and Ukraine".

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at a campaign rally in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on August 15, 2016.

House Judiciary Committee Democrats on Tuesday are expected to challenge Attorney General Jeff Sessions' claim that he was not aware of any meetings between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

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

The president has publicly lambasted his attorney general and noted, had he known in advance of Sessions's recusal, he would not have appointed him to the post.

Any appointment of a new special counsel, particularly in response to calls from members of Congress or from Trump himself, is likely to lead to Democratic complaints about an undue political influence on a department that is supposed to function outside of any partisan sway or demand.

On Monday, the head of the Justice Department's legislative affairs office responded to those requests by confirming that "senior federal prosecutors" were "evaluat [ing] certain issues raised in your letters".

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying about his communications with Russian-tied individuals regarding information about Hillary Clinton. He noted the Justice Department Inspector General already was investigating several aspects of the Clinton email case and said once that probe was complete the department would assess "what, if any, additional steps are necessary to address any issues identified by that review".

Boyd said he was neither confirming nor denying whether the Justice Department was now investigating any of the matters the letter refers to. "Professionalism, integrity, and public confidence in the Department's work is critical for us, and no priority is higher".

Some Russian investors also made donations to the Clinton Foundation.

"Everybody is asking why the Justice Department (and FBI) isn't looking into all of the dishonesty going on with Crooked Hillary & the Dems".

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