Sessions Raises Prospect of Special Counsel on GOP Concerns

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions makes a statement regarding national security in NY, U.S., November 2, 2017.

In a letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, Virginia Republican, Mr. Sessions said he wouldn't confirm or deny whether there was an investigation but that he has asked senior prosecutors to evaluate "certain issues" raised by Mr. Goodlatte.

Democrats have accused Republicans of launching a spurious investigation of Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, to divert attention from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged links between President Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

The discovery of the letter comes at a opportune time - Sessions will be testifying before the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday about new revelations in special counsel Mueller's investigation into alleged Russian collusion and election interference.

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.

"Like clockwork, just as we learn of damning details of Donald Trump Jr's contacts with WikiLeaks, the Trump administration is firing up the fog machine to distract from the Mueller probe", Fallon said.

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"Everybody is asking why the Justice Department (and FBI) isn't looking into all of the dishonesty going on with Crooked Hillary & the Dems", Trump tweeted in early November, subsequently referring to "deleted E-mails, Uranium, Podesta, the Server, plus, plus." in a subsequent tweet.

In apparent anticipation of those concerns, Boyd said in the letter that Justice Department "will never evaluate any matter except on the facts and the law".

Trump has been pushing hard to divert attention from his own investigation that looks increasingly ominous for the president and those around him.

The Obama-era sale of the Canadian uranium mining company to Russia's Atomic Energy Agency, Rosatom, is already being investigated by House Republicans.

What is the Uranium One scandal?

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.

A special counsel can be appointed when the Justice Department or a U.S. Attorney's office has a conflict of interest, there are other "extraordinary circumstances" or it would otherwise be "in the public interest" to do so, according to the federal regulation governing such appointments.

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