Attorney General Jeff Sessions is thinking about appointing another Special Counsel to investigate wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation and the selling of a uranium company to Russia.
The AG has reportedly told federal prosecutors to explore some avenues of potential criminal prosecution and get back to him, according to a letter obtained by The Washington Post.
The revelation came in a reply from the Justice Department to an inquiry from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte, who has been pleading with Sessions to appoint a Special Counsel to investigate Democrats for taking a bribe from Russia.
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The list of matters he wanted probed was wide ranging, but included the FBI’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, various dealings of the Clinton Foundation and several matters connected to the purchase of the Canadian mining company Uranium One by Russia’s nuclear energy agency.
Goodlatte took particular aim at former FBI director James B. Comey, asking for a second special counsel to evaluate the leaks he directed about his conversations with President Trump, among other things.
In response, Assistant Attorney General Stephen E. Boyd wrote that Sessions had “directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues raised in your letters,” and those prosecutors would “report directly to the Attorney General and 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.”
President Trump has repeatedly criticized his Justice Department for not aggressively probing a variety of conservative concerns, saying recently that officials there “should be looking at the Democrats.”
Sessions’s letter is likely to be seen by some, especially on the left, as an inappropriate bending to political pressure.
A second Special Counsel focused on the Democrats’ wrong-doings would certainly help Trump.
Every time the media tries to play it down, viewers will wonder why only 1 out of 2 investigations is legitimate.