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DOJ will investigate ties between Clinton Foundation and sale of Uranium One, Sessions says

DOJ will investigate ties between Clinton Foundation and sale of Uranium One, Sessions says
Posted at 9:17 AM, Dec 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-21 10:30:55-05

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the Department of Justice will consider investigations into Hillary Clinton and alleged ties between the Clinton Foundation and the sale of Uranium One.

Some Republicans have called for a special counsel to investigate the major uranium deal with a Russian state-owned energy company that was approved by the Obama administration, and whether Clinton Foundation donors had any influence in its approval.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, tweeted in October that the Justice Department should name a special counsel to investigate it.

Asked if there should be another special counsel named, Grassley told CNN Tuesday: "I'll have to refer you to my tweet."

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee tweeted that "it's long past time" for the special counsel to investigate "the Clinton email scandal" and other matters.

In the House and the Senate, GOP lawmakers have been irked about a series of revelations -- most notably the removal of an FBI agent from Robert Mueller's team for sending anti-Trump texts -- saying that the special counsel needs to get rid of prosecutors with Democratic leanings in order to carry through an impartial investigation.

Their comments could give the White House new fodder to fight an investigation the President has deemed a "witch hunt," and renew a push to name the second special counsel to investigate potential wrongdoing by Clinton, and other Justice Department concerns connected to the Mueller investigation. And it could undermine a new effort by a bipartisan group of senators to draft a compromise bill aimed at protecting the special counsel.