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Sessions open to idea of Clinton Foundation special counsel

14 November 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions returns to Capitol Hill this week amid growing evidence of contacts between Russians and associates of President Donald Trump, bracing for an onslaught of lawmaker questions about how much he knew of that outreach during last year's White House campaign.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered Monday federal prosecutors to evaluate if a special counsel should be appointed to investigate Hillary Clinton's dealings concerning her foundation and the sale of USA uranium assets to Russian Federation.

Sessions is due to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

Those prosecutors would then make recommendations "as to whether any matters not now under investigation should be opened, whether any matters now under investigation require further resources, or whether any matters merit the appointment of a Special Counsel", the letter said.

The revelation came in a response from the Justice Department to an inquiry from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte (R-Va.), who in July and again in September called for Sessions to appoint a second special counsel to investigate concerns he had related to the 2016 election and its aftermath.

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Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., right, talks with Jeff Sessions, who was then a senator and is now attorney general.

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

Trump in recent weeks has repeatedly weighed in on department affairs, publicly lamenting that he does not have more direct involvement in its operations and calling on law enforcement scrutiny of Democrat Hillary Clinton, his opponent in the 2016 presidential race, and other Democrats.

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.

"Everybody is asking why the Justice Department (and FBI) isn't looking into all of the dishonesty going on with Crooked Hillary & the Dems".

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Mr. Sessions recused himself from the decision to name that special counsel because of his own role in the Trump campaign.

The Justice Department does not ordinarily confirm or deny investigations, and Boyd wrote that "this letter should not be construed to do so".

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Sessions open to idea of Clinton Foundation special counsel