FILE - In this November 2, 2017, file photo, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivers remarks about defending national security at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY.
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. Sessions, who was a Republican senator for Alabama before he was appointed attorney general, is also set to testify before Goodlatte's committee on Tuesday and was likely to face questions on the topics raised in the letter.
"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 now under investigation should be opened, whether any matters now under investigation require further resources, or whether any matters merit the appointment of a Special Counsel", Boyd wrote.
Sessions said during his confirmation hearing in January that he had no contact with Russian operatives during the election, but media reports later revealed he had met with the country's ambassador three times during the course of the campaign.
It looks like Attorney General Jeff Sessions may be taking my advice to appoint at least one more special prosecutor to go after the Democrats, including James Comey and Robert Mueller.
Trump in recent weeks has repeatedly weighed in on department affairs, publicly lamenting that he does not have more direct involvement in its operations and calling on law enforcement scrutiny of Democrat Hillary Clinton, his opponent in the 2016 presidential race, and other Democrats.
Boyd said he was neither confirming nor denying whether the Justice Department was now investigating any of the matters the letter refers to.
Sessions was apparently at a campaign meeting in March 2016 with Trump, campaign adviser George Papadopoulos and others where there was discussion of setting up a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Obama-era sale of the Canadian uranium mining company to Russia's Atomic Energy Agency, Rosatom, is already being investigated by House Republicans.
The DOJ will reportedly wait for a review to be completed by the inspector general before deciding what "additional steps" may need to be taken regarding the Uranium One case.
Some Republicans have charged that the State Department under then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton approved the deal after her husband's charitable foundation received a $145 million donation.
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