Sessions Considering Special Counsel to Probe Hillary Clinton

Sessions calls for probe into Uranium One and Clinton

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions makes a statement regarding national security in NY, U.S., November 2, 2017.

The letter comes on the eve of Sessions' own testimony to the judiciary committee. You can read the letter at the link.

The prosecutors will report to Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and recommend whether any new investigations should be opened, whether any matters now under investigation require additional resources and whether it might be necessary to appoint a special counsel to oversee a probe, according to a letter sent to Rep. Robert Goodlatte of Virginia, the Judiciary Committee's Republican chairman.

Appointing a second special counsel would be seen as a move to appease President Donald Trump, who has always been critical of Sessions and recently publicly aired his frustrations with the traditional divide between the White House and the Justice Department and his inability to aim the nation's premier law enforcement agency at his political adversaries. "The list of matters [Goodlatte] wanted probed was wide ranging, but included the FBI's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, various dealings of the Clinton Foundation and several matters connected to the purchase of the Canadian mining company Uranium One by Russia's nuclear energy agency", according to the Washington Post.

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This is excellent news. Or, as a community organizer once put it, "Punch back twice as hard". 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.

In a response sent to Goodlatte on the eve of Sessions' appearance before the House Judiciary Committee, Justice official Stephen Boyd wrote that Sessions had "directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues raised" in Goodlatte's letter. "And a lot of people are disappointed in the Justice Department, including me".

President Trump has previously criticized the Justice Department for not aggressively probing the Democrats and Clinton, his former presidential campaign rival.

The letter comes in the wake of tweets and critical comments from President Trump about what he called the "lack of investigation" into "the Uranium deal to Russian Federation, the 33,000 plus deleted Emails, the Comey fix and so much more". "Professionalism, integrity, and public confidence in the Department's work is critical for us, and no priority is higher".

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