Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered senior federal prosecutors to evaluate whether a special counsel should be appointed to investigate concerns raised by Republicans, including alleged unlawful dealings by the Clinton Foundation and the sale of a uranium company, according to a document obtained Monday by NBC News.
In the Justice Department's response, Boyd did not indicate which of the topics might draw greater interest than others, though he said the review by senior federal prosecutors would "better enable the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General to more effectively evaluate and manage the caseload".More news: Doctors from the city head to Belagavi to oppose KPME Act
In a letter to the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd said the Justice Department lawyers would make recommendations to Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about whether an investigation should be opened or expanded, or whether a special counsel should be appointed, related to a host of issues of concern to Republicans.
Appointing a second special counsel would be seen as a move to appease President Donald Trump, who has always been critical of Sessions and recently publicly aired his frustrations with the traditional divide between the White House and the Justice Department and his inability to aim the nation's premier law enforcement agency at his political adversaries.
The Justice Department does not ordinarily confirm or deny investigations, and Boyd wrote that "this letter should not be construed to do so". He has been particularly interested in the Clinton Foundation.More news: Gilead Sciences, Inc. (GILD) Shares Sold by Argent Trust Co
House Republicans in recent weeks have launched their own probes into the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton's emails.
He is also interested in the controversial Obama-era Uranium One deal that gave a Russian-owned company partial control of US atomic energy resources. Democrats on the committee have already signaled that they intend to press Sessions on his knowledge of contacts between Russians and aides to the Trump campaign.More news: China, Asean agree to 10-year China Sea protection pact
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