Attorney General Jeff Sessions has directed senior federal prosecutors to examine whether a special counsel is needed for the Uranium One deal and other issues raised by Republican House Judiciary Committee Republicans.
According to a letter dated November 13 from an assistant attorney general to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA):
These senior prosecutors will report directly to the Attorney General and the 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. This will better enable the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General to more effectively evaluate and manage the caseload.
The GOP members had previously raised in two letters and during meetings with Sessions issues including the 2010 Uranium One deal and potential corruption by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation, former FBI Director James Comey’s handling of the Clinton email investigation, and his leaking of memos to prompt a special counsel in the Russia investigation.
A Tweet posted by NBC News Monday stated, “Attorney General Jeff Sessions has directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate whether a special counsel should be appointed to investigate concerns raised by Republicans, including alleged unlawful dealings by Clinton Foundation and the sale of a uranium company
The letter did not confirm or deny whether the matters were already under investigation, except for an existing inspector general review into Comey’s handling of the Clinton email investigation.