Sessions considering appointment of special counsel to probe Clinton Foundation, Uranium One

Sessions considering appointment of special counsel to probe Clinton Foundation, Uranium One

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Photo by Doug Christian/TMN
Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee last month about the Trump campaign officials' alleged contact with Russia. (Doug Christian/TMN)

WASHINGTON- Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering the appointment of special counsel to probe alleged connections between the Clinton Foundation and an Obama-era uranium deal with Russia.

“The Attorney General has directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues raised in your letters,” Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote in a Monday letter 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,” Boyd explained.

The Hill last month reported that the FBI had uncovered evidence suggesting Russian entities had bribed interested parties prior to the Clinton State Department and other agencies approving a 2010 contract that allowed the Canadian mining company Uranium One to sell uranium deposits to the Russian state-owned nuclear company ROSATOM.

Reports suggest some ROSATOM investors may have had financial ties to the Clinton Foundation.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) last month said Congress will investigate the reports.

Clinton has dismissed reports about the scandal as part of a Republican witch hunt and many of her fellow Democrats have said the probe is designed to distract the public from investigations into allegations of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

News of the potential appointment comes just days after reports emerged stating that the lobbying group founded by former Clinton campaign manager John Podesta and his brother Tony may be shutting down.

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