Sessions calls for probe into Uranium One and Clinton

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.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering appointing a special counsel to investigate the Clinton Foundation, an Obama-era uranium deal with a Russian company and other issues concerning to Republicans, according to a letter.

"When you appear before our committee, we intend to ask you about these inconsistencies", the Democrats wrote in a letter last week that referenced statements Sessions had made to Senate committees.

In a letter to the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd said the Justice Department lawyers would make recommendations to Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about whether an investigation should be opened or expanded, or whether a special counsel should be appointed, related to a host of issues of concern to Republicans.

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.

The New York Times reports some White House officials see appointing a second special counsel investigating the 2010 Uranium One deal as the only way Sessions can save his job as attorney general.

Trump, in particular, has highlighted allegations of Democratic wrongdoing to distract from Mueller's probe.

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".

Monday's letter comes after public criticisms of the Justice Department's focus from Trump, who has bemoaned the fact that he can't give direction to the agency.

Popadopoulos pleaded guilty to making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about communications he had had with Russian contacts while a member of the Trump campaign.

"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 said in a series of tweets on November 3.

Trump has been pushing hard to divert attention from his own investigation that looks increasingly ominous for the president and those around him.

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.

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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