Sessions says probe into Russian uranium deal possible

Freedom Caucus founder Jim Jordan is one of the leading voices pushing for Attorney General Sessions to create a probe to look into James Comey

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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 ordered Monday federal prosecutors to evaluate if a special counsel should be appointed to investigate Hillary Clinton's dealings concerning her foundation and the sale of USA uranium assets to Russian Federation.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is sworn-in prior to testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill June 13, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is now probing Russian meddling in the 2016 election, which, at least publicly, has focused on hacks into Democratic National Committee emails and meetings between Trump campaign officials and Russians.

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.

The Washington Post previously reported on Boyd's letter Monday.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., right, talks with Jeff Sessions, who was then a senator and is now attorney general.

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In the Justice Department's response, Boyd did not indicate which of the topics might draw greater interest than others, though he said the review by senior federal prosecutors would "better enable the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General to more effectively evaluate and manage the caseload".

Trump, in particular, has highlighted allegations of Democratic wrongdoing to distract from Mueller's probe.

"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 said in a series of tweets on November 3.

Boyd said he was neither confirming nor denying whether the Justice Department was now investigating any of the matters the letter refers to.

Sessions' relationship with the president has been significantly strained since he recused himself from the investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin to influence the 2016 election.

"Professionalism, integrity and public confidence in the Department's work is critical for us, and no priority is higher", he added.

What is the Uranium One scandal? Democrats on the committee have already signaled that they intend to press Sessions on his knowledge of contacts between Russians and aides to the Trump campaign.

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