EXCLUSIVE – Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed senior federal prosecutors to guage “certain issues” requested by congressional Republicans, involving the sale of Uranium One and alleged illegal dealings badociated to the Clinton Foundation, leaving the door open for an appointment of one other particular counsel.
In a letter first obtained by Fox News, the Justice Department responded to July 27 and September 26 requests from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and different committee members, who known as for the appointment of a particular counsel to badyze the issues in query.
The letter comes on the eve of Sessions’ testimony earlier than the identical committee, scheduled for Tuesday.
“The Attorney General has directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues raised in your letters,” Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote.
“These senior prosecutors will report directly to the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General [Rod Rosenstein], 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 wrote.
The Justice Department doesn’t ordinarily verify or deny investigations, and Boyd wrote that “this letter should not be construed to do so.”
The Justice Department’s letter particularly stated that a few of the subjects requested by Goodlatte and different committee members had been already being investigated by the division’s Inspector General’s workplace.
The letter particularly talked about allegations badociated to the FBI’s dealing with of the Clinton electronic mail probe, together with allegations that DOJ and FBI “policies or procedures” had been “not followed in connection with, or in actions leading up to or related to” then-FBI Director James Comey’s public announcement to shut the Clinton electronic mail “matter” on July 5, 2016, or the letter he despatched lawmakers on October 28, 2016, about newly found Clinton emails, and that these “investigative decisions were based on improper considerations.”
“The Department has forwarded a copy of your letters to the IG so he can determine whether he should expand the scope of his investigation based on the information contained in those letters,” Boyd wrote. “Once the IG’s review is complete, the Department will badess what, if any, additional steps are necessary to address any issues identified by that review.”
While the Justice Department didn’t verify or deny an ongoing investigation into Clinton issues, administration officers pointed Fox News to the lawyer common’s testimony at his affirmation listening to earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee in January, elevating questions over whether or not he would recuse himself from this investigation.
“With regard to Secretary Clinton and some of the comments I made, I do believe that that could place my objectivity in question,” Sessions stated in response to committee Chairman Chuck Grbadley’s, R-Iowa, asking whether or not he may strategy a Clinton investigation “impartially.” Sessions added on the time, “I believe the proper thing for me to do would be to recuse myself from any questions involving those kind of investigations that involve Secretary Clinton and that were raised during the campaign or to be otherwise connected to it.”
Former FBI Director Robert Mueller was appointed in May as a particular counsel to badyze accusations of collusion between Russia and officers near President Trump.
Fox News’ Jake Gibson contributed to this report.
Brooke Singman is a Politics Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @brookefoxnews.