Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Sessions Raises Prospect of Special Counsel on GOP Concerns

Sessions Raises Prospect of Special Counsel on GOP Concerns

Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and a Judiciary Committee colleague want to question Jeff Sessions again in light of evidence suggesting the attorney general knew more than he has said about the Trump campaign's contact with Russian Federation.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is entertaining the idea of appointing a second special counsel to investigate a host of Republican concerns - including alleged wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation and the controversial sale of a uranium company to Russian Federation - and has directed senior federal prosecutors to explore at least some of the matters and report back to him and his top deputy, according to a letter obtained by The Washington Post.

The letter comes one day before Sessions is to appear before the Judiciary panel for a Justice Department oversight hearing.

Yet he recused himself in March from overseeing the Justice Department's investigation into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin after acknowledging two previously undisclosed encounters with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

The New York Times reports some White House officials see appointing a second special counsel investigating the 2010 Uranium One deal as the only way Sessions can save his job as attorney general.

Boyd pointed out that the Justice Department's inspector general was already investigating some of the issues raised by Goodlatte and other Republicans, including former FBI Director James Comey's handling of the Clinton email investigation.

In this April 6, 2017, photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Center in NY.

The president has publicly lambasted his attorney general and noted, had he known in advance of Sessions's recusal, he would not have appointed him to the post.

Trump, in particular, has highlighted allegations of Democratic wrongdoing to distract from Mueller's probe. While not confirming the existence of any investigation, the letter made it clear that the allegations against Democrats have Sessions' attention.

Sessions, an early Trump backer who led a foreign policy advisory council during the campaign, has been shadowed for months by questions about his own communications with Russians and by contacts of others in the Trump orbit. "Professionalism, integrity, and public confidence in the Department's work is critical for us, and no priority is higher".

What is the Uranium One scandal?

The letter comes in the wake of tweets and critical comments from President Trump about what he called the "lack of investigation" into "the Uranium deal to Russian Federation, the 33,000 plus deleted Emails, the Comey fix and so much more". "But, honestly, they should be looking at the Democrats".

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