Sessions weighing appointment of special counsel for Hillary Clinton, Clinton Foundation

UPDATE — 11/16, 9:08 a.m. EST: Reuters has revealed the identity of a confidential witness working with the Senate Judiciary Committee’s effort to oversee DOJ’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s involvement in the sale of a North American uranium mining company to Russia.

Washington lobbyist William Campbell told the UK-based news agency he will testify about the 2010 deal with Rosatom — a Kremlin-run nuclear energy company.

Campbell had previously served as an informant in an unrelated bribery and extortion case involving a client who headed Rosatom subsidiary Tenex, a nuclear fuel exporter. 

 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reportedly exploring the naming of a second special counsel to scrutinize 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, former President Obama and former FBI director James Comey.

According to the New York Times and the Washington Post, Sessions has asked senior Justice Department prosecutors to examine matters raised in a letter from Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

Sources familiar with Goodlatte’s letter to Sessions have revealed the matters are related to suspected wrongdoing at the Clinton Foundation and the Obama-era sale of Uranium One to Russian regulatory agency, Rosatom, in 2009.

Responding to the Virginia congressman’s request, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote Sessions had instructed prosecutors to examine questions raised, and would present the attorney general with recommendations regarding what actions should be taken.

Allegations have persisted Clinton, then secretary of state, approved the deal following a $145 million donation which was received by her family’s charitable organization, the Clinton Foundation.

Uranium One controlled up to 20 percent of America’s uranium stores at the time of the sale.

In addition to demands Sessions analyze Clinton’s role in the sale of Uranium One, GOP lawmakers are also asking the attorney general to probe whether Clinton faced a determined investigation over her private email server and to address lingering questions related to whether the Clinton Foundation granted favors to donors.

During testimony in front of the Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Sessions told Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) neither he nor his office has been pressured by President Trump to probe Mrs. Clinton or the foundation.

“I have not been improperly influenced and would not be improperly influenced,” Sessions said.

The attorney general later told Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) that “a factual basis that meets the standard of a special counsel” regarding Clinton would be necessary and that current speculation in regard to the facts is not enough to proceed yet.

Sessions recused himself in March from involvement any probe involving matters connected to the 2016 election for president of the United States, resulting in a special counsel to investigate Russian interference and the Trump campaign’s potential involvement in the Kremlin’s effort to influence U.S. voters.

 

Editor’s note: This article has been updated.

 

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