Sessions calls for probe into Uranium One and Clinton

Sessions calls for probe into Uranium One and Clinton

WASHINGTON ― Attorney General Jeff Sessions, facing an dissatisfied boss and increased scrutiny over this knowledge of the Trump campaign's dealings with Russian Federation, is weighing whether to appoint a separate special counsel to zero in on allegations against presidential rival Hillary Clinton and other Democrats, a Justice Department official disclosed in a letter to Republican members of Congress on Monday.

Mr. Sessions recused himself from the decision to name that special counsel because of his own role in the Trump campaign. Let's hope that is what the Attorney General has in mind.

Trump repeatedly and publicly blasted Sessions for failing to aggressively pursue investigations that relate to his former 2016 campaign opponent.

While the Justice Department is part of the executive branch - and the attorney general is appointed by and answers to the president - the White House generally provides input on broad policy goals and does not weigh in on criminal probes. Sessions to testify at hearing amid Russian Federation scrutiny FBI can't unlock Texas shooter's phone MORE is considering naming a special counsel to lead a Justice Department investigation into a list of matters that involve Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP rushes to cut ties to Moore Papadopoulos was in regular contact with Stephen Miller, helped edit Trump speech: report Bannon jokes Clinton got her "ass kicked" in 2016 election MORE, according to a Monday letter the Justice Department sent to the House Judiciary Committee.

Will a special counsel actually be appointed to look into Hillary's misdeeds?

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But none can take America's place in the world, and no US leader should ever create a leadership vacuum for other nations to fill. The US President's signature handshake style makes headlines during every high profile meeting.

Sessions previously admitted that his past comments on Clinton would likely put his "objectivity" into question, meaning a special counsel would likely be required if a formal investigation into the controversial Uranium One deal is launched.

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 Attorney General has directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues raised in your letters", Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote in a letter addressed to House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte and other committee members and obtained by Fox News.

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

"We will conduct this evaluation according to the highest standards of justice", he wrote.

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