A letter sent by congressional Republicans on September 26th to the Justice Department calls for a special counsel to investigate the sale of Uranium One and alleged unlawful dealing related to the Clinton Foundation, reports Fox News.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions during his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee called for a special counsel to be appointed to the case and get to the bottom of the Hillary Clinton’s dirty dealings with Russia.
The letter was sent by the House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), who are worried just like Sessions and Trump in the questionable Uranium One deal.
“The Attorney General has directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues raised in your letters,” Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote:
“’These senior prosecutors will report directly to the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General [Rod Rosenstein], as appropriate, and will make recommendations as to whether any matters not currently under investigation should be opened, whether any matters currently under investigation require further resources, or whether any matters merit the appointment of a Special Counsel,’ Boyd wrote.”
The Justice Department’s letter specifically said that some of the topics requested by Goodlatte and other committee member were already being investigated by the department’s Inspector General’s office.
The letter specifically mentions the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email probe, including allegations that the DOJ and FBI “policies or procedures” were “not followed in connection with, or inactions leading up to or related to” then- FBI Director James Comey’s announcement to close the Clinton email “matter” in July 2016:
“The Department has forwarded a copy of your letters to the IG so he can determine whether he should expand the scope of his investigation based on the information contained in those letters,” Boyd wrote. “Once the IG’s review is complete, the Department will assess what, if any, additional steps are necessary to address any issues identified by that review.”
The Justice Department did not deny nor confirm any ongoing investigation, but they did point to the attorney general’s testimony at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in January where he recused himself from the investigation:
“With regard to Secretary Clinton and some of the comments I made, I do believe that that could place my objectivity in question,” Sessions said in response to committee Chairman Chuck Grassley’s, R-Iowa, asking whether he could approach a Clinton investigation “impartially.” Sessions added at the time, “I believe the proper thing for me to do would be to recuse myself from any questions involving those kind of investigations that involve Secretary Clinton and that were raised during the campaign or to be otherwise connected to it.”
Special counsel Robert Mueller was then appointed in May to take over the investigation accusing collusion happening between Russian officials and President Trump.