Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering naming a special counsel to lead a Justice Department investigation into a list of matters that involve Hillary Clinton, according to a Monday letter the Justice Department sent to the House Judiciary Committee.
President Trump’s top prosecutor is interested in further probing a wide range of incidences including the controversial Obama-era Uranium One deal that gave a Russian-owned company partial control of U.S. atomic energy resources.
He is also interested in how the FBI handled its investigation into the former secretary of State’s private email server and claims of misconduct at the Clinton Foundation.
Sessions has already instructed top federal prosecutors to further look into some of the matters and share their findings with him his top deputy.
The letter comes in response to the repeated appeal of Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman of the Judiciary panel, who called on Sessions twice this year to appoint a second special counsel who could independently investigate these concerns.
Goodlatte had particularly taken aim at former FBI Director James Comey after revelations surfaced earlier this year that he had drafted a statement ending the agency’s investigation into Clinton’s email server before over a dozen key witnesses had been interviewed about the issue.
Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd responded to Goodlatte, saying that Sessions had “directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues raised in your letters,” according to the report.
Boyd added that they will “report directly to the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, 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.”
Trump has publicly blasted Sessions for failing to aggressively pursue investigations that relate to his former 2016 campaign opponent.
Earlier this month, Trump told reporters that the Justice Department “should be looking at the Democrats.”
Democrats will likely blast Sessions for caving to Trump’s demands if he follows through with the probe.
Top House Republicans launched a pair of investigations late last month with both the Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees announcing that they will jointly investigate the FBI’s probe into Clinton’s handling of classified documents. Meanwhile, the latter committee with the Intelligence committee will jointly probe the sale of a uranium company to a Russian firm when Clinton was secretary of State, after The Hill reported that the FBI was investigating a racketeering scheme at the time of the deal.