United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions is turning up the heat on Hillary Clinton: he is allowing an investigation into the Uranium One controversy.
Sessions will be meeting before the House Judiciary Committee tomorrow and the new announcement will certainly be discussed.
Per Fox News:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate “certain issues” requested by congressional Republicans, involving the sale of Uranium One and alleged unlawful dealings related to the Clinton Foundation, leaving the door open for an appointment of another special counsel.
The announcement was made known by a letter from Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd.
Boyd (and Sessions) addressed House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte’s interest in investigating Clinton’s involvement or knowledge of the uranium exchange.
He said in the letter, “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 [Rod Rosenstein], 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,” Boyd wrote.
The Justice Department does not ordinarily confirm or deny investigations, and Boyd wrote that “this letter should not be construed to do so.”
If the senior prosecutors find alarming information, they could then move forward with a larger and more thorough investigation:
“The Department has forwarded a copy of your letters to the IG so he can determine whether he should expand the scope of his investigation based on the information contained in those letters,” Boyd wrote. “Once the IG’s review is complete, the Department will assess what, if any, additional steps are necessary to address any issues identified by that review.”
If Sessions does not believe he would approach the investigation impartially, like he previously mentioned in January, he may recuse himself from personally being involved:
[Sessions said in January:] “With regard to Secretary Clinton and some of the comments I made, I do believe that that could place my objectivity in question,” Sessions said in response to committee Chairman Chuck Grassley’s, R-Iowa, asking whether he could approach a Clinton investigation “impartially.” Sessions added at the time, “I believe the proper thing for me to do would be to recuse myself from any questions involving those kind of investigations that involve Secretary Clinton and that were raised during the campaign or to be otherwise connected to it.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is entertaining the idea of appointing a second special counsel to investigate a host of Republican concerns — including alleged wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation and the controversial sale of a uranium company to Russia https://t.co/F2SMaHTBhD
— Justin Hendrix (@justinhendrix) November 14, 2017
.@Judgenap on AG Jeff Sessions possibly appointing special counsel to investigate Uranium One deal & Clinton Foundation: "I think he needs to do that for two reasons. One, the evidence is there. And secondly, he's going to confront the House Judiciary Committee tomorrow." pic.twitter.com/Ta5Ca1m4zh
— Fox News (@FoxNews) November 14, 2017