Justice Department Considering GOP Calls for Clinton Special Counsel


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".

The U.S. Department of Justice is reportedly open to appointing a special counsel to investigate the Uranium One deal and alleged wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation, a potential bombshell development in the unfolding scandal. Among issues Goodlatte wants investigate are how the Federal Bureau of Investigation handled the probe into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state, several issues involving the Clinton Foundation, and multiple matters involving a Russia's nuclear energy agency's purchase of the Canadian mining firm Uranium One.

Mr. Sessions recused himself from the decision to name that special counsel because of his own role in the Trump campaign. "I'm really not involved with the Justice Department", Trump told reporters earlier this month.

Meanwhile, a report in The Hill newspaper last month said the FBI had been investigating Russian bribery of USA officials at the time of the deal and suggested Mrs. Clinton and other CFIUS officials either knew or should have been told of the investigation at the time they approved the deal.

"Like clockwork, just as we learn of damning details of Donald Trump Jr's contacts with WikiLeaks, the Trump administration is firing up the fog machine to distract from the Mueller probe", Fallon said.

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.

The inquiry comes after GOP calls for an investigation into Clinton's participation in the Uranium One deal sparked public interest.

Boyd pointed out that the Justice Department's inspector general was already investigating some of the issues raised by Goodlatte and other Republicans, including former FBI Director James Comey's handling of the Clinton email investigation.