Nov 14, 2017, 7:41 AM ET

Jeff Sessions authorizes Justice Department to consider investigating Clinton Foundation


Attorney General Jeff Sessions has authorized senior prosecutors at the Justice Department to evaluate whether allegations regarding the Clinton Foundation and the sale of a uranium company need to be investigated by a special counsel, according to a letter he sent the House Judiciary Committee on Monday night that has since been obtained by ABC News.

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Sessions is responding to a request to appoint a special counsel sought by Republicans on the committee, the letter reads.

The Justice Department has been under pressure from President Donald Trump to investigate the Clinton Foundation and the sale of Uranium One, a Canadian-based company that in 2010 had most of its ownership rights sold to a Russian agency.

The U.S. government had to approve the deal because Uranium One produced significant amounts of uranium in the United States. The State Department, which at the time was led by Hillary Clinton, was one of several federal agencies that had to weigh in on the matter. Ultimately, the sale was approved.

Republicans are raising questions because around the same time, business associates of Uranium One donated millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation.

Sessions had pledged to steer clear of Clinton-related investigations, announcing in March that he would recuse himself "from any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way" to Clinton's or Trump's 2016 presidential campaigns.

But in a letter to House Judiciary Chairman Robert Goodlatte, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd writes, "The attorney general has directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues raised in your letters. These senior prosecutors will report directly to the attorney general and the deputy attorney general, 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."

Goodlatte had also raised questions about the handling of the Clinton email investigation.

Boyd informed Goodlatte that the Department of Justice forwarded a copy of the letter to the department's inspector general, which is investigating former FBI Director James Comey's and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch's handling of the matter.

Sessions faces a divided and deeply partisan House Judiciary Committee today.

Democrats will be seeking answers from the embattled attorney general about his knowledge of Russia-related contacts by Trump campaign officials.

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  • DON W

    With the DOJ FBI being cleaned up , she might not get away this time.

  • OefCrusader

    Off with her head!

  • rightened

    Hmmm, does that mean that we can go back and take another look at Trump's defunct charity, and how they defied the Cuba embargo, then?

  • caliento

    It really doesn't matter what kind of crap the Trump adm. & Fake News[tabloid] Fox throws out. What really matters is what the Real Investigation on Trump exposes. Trump/Fox can only convince the grade 8 educated base &GOP lemmings in the houses. The voters & history will take care of their stupidity/gullibility .

  • Pat Baxter

    What? Not throwing Benghazi back into the mix? Perhaps Republicans have wasted enough time and money on Benghazi. Now it's time to waste more time and money on a "special counsel" relative to the sale of Uranium One and the Republicans' dislike of the Clinton Foundation. It's more Trump "lock her up" campaign rhetoric. Ridiculous (except perhaps to the Trump cultists/followers).

  • PanicMoon

    Unlike Trump supporters I don't fear an investigation, first of all because it has taken this long and it took multiple threats and coercion and abuse of power by Trump which would have been grounds for impeachment if the GOP wasn't in charge. Secondly, I don't fear the truth. Thirdly, nothing Hillary Clinton did or has done or is believed to have done can make Donald Trump look like a competent POTUS.

  • Gun Toting Liberal

    And they're going to come up with squat.

  • kareninmn

    I welcome the investigation because I expect it to clear her name. Just like Trump should welcome the Russia investigation to clear his name. Since he opposes the investigation one has to wonder what he's afraid.

  • dancer92136

    The Trump deflection method. The frying pan is getting too hot so keep throwing out the name Clinton as a diversion. It is too old, and too tired to work.

  • Donnie The Lion

    More of my tax money 100% wasted investigating the Clintons......what's not to love???

  • Licht

    I did not vote for Trump. And can’t stand what he is doing to our beloved US.
    But go ahead and investigate the whole Uranium Clinton deal.

    What I vehemently object to is Sessions saying before he was approved - that he would recuse himself from all things related to Russia and to Clinton - which clearly he has violated that understanding.

    Can’t he be held accountable for that?

  • Sue Thomason

    Something about the goose and the gander.

  • Licht

    Sessions:Either the most ignorant AG in history or he is suffering from
    age related memory problems or he is just flat out another dishonest con artist appointed by Trump.
    After watching his dramatic performance in the hearings so far, it is obvious he has zero credibility.

  • jake

    Trump, Bannon, the Tea Party, the Russian connections to our White House, the Clintons, Roy Moore.... What happened to our country? We have certainly elected some real scum to run our country. No wonder Putin is a happy camper these days. Seems Trump and the Tea Party and Citizens United handed him the keys to not just the meat wagon, but the whole store and the rest of us are just standing on the sidelines wondering what happened! We get what we elect and we haven't been doing very well lately.

  • 40words

    What a stooge of an enabler Sessions is for Putin and Trump.

    We all remember who voted that load of garbage into office. NEVER let them forget it when they put the taxpayers of this country on the hook for trillions & the middle class has absolutely nothing to show for it.

  • Bryan Thompson

    So when do the American taxpayers get to hand the republican't party a bill for wasting OUR money? First Benghazi and now this garbage, deplorables are a special kind of STUPID!

  • David

    The Republican Party will forever search for their Watergate. I have watched them with dismay and sometimes with dark humor through the decades trying to avenge Nixon. You never know, maybe they'll turn up a pair of stained slacks in some young aides closet.