(National Sentinel) Justice Department: Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reportedly considering the appointment of a second special counsel to examine allegations against Bill and Hillary Clinton that were never acted upon by his predecessor.
According to the Washington Post, a newly-appointed special counsel may be empowered to look into past allegations that the Clintons improperly enriched themselves through their foundation while Hillary was secretary of state, and details surrounding the approval of the Uranium One deal.
Sessions has already tasked senior Justice Department prosecutors with examining available evidence and data, the Post said. They are to report back to Sessions and his top deputy, Rod Rosenstein, according to a letter leaked to the paper.
In July and again in September, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., called on Sessions to appoint another special counsel to look into concerns related to the 2016 election and beyond.
The congressman’s list of allegations was broad, but in particular he wants Sessions and the department to look into the FBI’s handling of its criminal investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server for official business, various dealings of the Clinton Foundation, and details surrounding the sale of Canadian firm Uranium One to Russian firm Rosatom.
In addition, Goodlatte focused on fired FBI Director James Comey over his directed leaks of conversations he had with President Donald J. Trump.
Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote in response to Goodlatte’s requests that Sessions had “directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues raised in your letters,” and that 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.”
Trump has been critical of his Justice Department, publicly stating that investigators ought to be examining various allegations surrounding the Clintons and Democrats in general.
“Hopefully they are doing something, and at some point, maybe we are going to all have it out,” Trump said recently.
In July, The National Sentinel reported that according to a document dump at the time, it appeared as though the FBI may have botched the Clinton investigation, though it wasn’t clear whether it was done on purpose.
The FBI’s probe was codenamed “Midyear Exam” and contained “Grand Jury” information, intimating that at least some investigators believed it to be serious enough it would eventually warrant prosecution.
Fox News reported then:
Some 42 pages of highly redacted documents from the FBI’s criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of highly classified materials paint a picture of a serious, but flawed investigation hindered by a lack of cooperation, according to a key watchdog group.
We also reported recently that Comey dialed down language in his controversial July 2016 statement to the press in which he laid out a series of crimes regarding the mishandling of classified information by Clinton but nevertheless refused to recommend she be prosecuted.
An early draft of Comey’s statement to the press when announcing he would not recommend charges against her accused the former secretary of state of having been “grossly negligent” in her handling of classified information, newly reported memos to congressional panels indicate.
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But that language was later changes to a much milder accusation; when he read his press statement, Comey said Clinton had been “extremely careless” in her handling of classified documents.
As for the Uranium One deal, Breitbart News reported that Obama’s FBI blocked a key witness to corruption and crimes from testifying, either in court or to Congress.
That witness has since been cleared by the Justice Department to give testimony to key congressional committees.
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