Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Jeff Sessions considering second special counsel to investigate Republican concerns over Clinton

Trump has repeatedly criticized his Justice Department for not aggressively probing a variety of conservative concerns.

Boyd's letter didn't specify the nature of the allegations involving the Clinton Foundation, but in a letter calling for the investigation, Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., discussed "WikiLeaks disclosures concerning the Clinton Foundation and its potentially unlawful worldwide dealings" and "connections between the Clinton campaign, or the Clinton Foundation, and foreign entities, including those from Russian Federation and Ukraine".

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked Justice Department prosecutors to decide if a special counsel should be appointed to investigate certain Republican concerns, including alleged wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation and the sale of a uranium company to Russian Federation, according to media reports on Monday.

Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee advised Sessions in a letter last week that they meant to press him on what they said were "inconsistencies" between the attorney general's past statements and the new revelations.

Trump has been pushing hard to divert attention from his own investigation that looks increasingly ominous for the president and those around him.

"I have never accused the attorney general of colluding with Russian Federation and i am not doing that now".

The disclosure came in a letter from a top Justice Department official to Rep.

In asking for a second special counsel in July, Goodlatte wrote that he wanted to "request assistance in restoring public confidence in our nation's justice system and its investigators".

"The Attorney General has directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues raised in your letters", Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd said in the letter.

Trump, in particular, has highlighted allegations of Democratic wrongdoing to distract from Mueller's probe. His letter, signed by 19 other Republicans, said that Judiciary Committee members were concerned that Mueller might not have a broad enough mandate to investigate other election-related matters, which he said included actions taken by Comey, Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch. That issue has been at the forefront of each of his congressional hearings even as Sessions has labored to promote the Justice Department's work and priorities, and Tuesday's appearance is unlikely to be an exception.

He struck a similar note before the Senate Judiciary Committee last month, when he denied knowledge of communications between Russians and Trump campaign officials.

The letter from Boyd also makes reference to a previous correspondence sent to Goodlatte and others from the Department's Inspector General from January 12, 2017, regarding a review of allegations surrounding the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server.

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