According to The New York Times, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is giving serious consideration to appointing a second special counsel that would have authority to investigate alleged improprieties involving former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Russian purchase of Uranium One.
In a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote that Sessions has “directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues raised in your letters” regarding those matters. The letter continues:
These senior prosecutors will report directly to the Attorney General and the 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. This will beter enable the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General to more effectively evaluate and manage the caseload.
As a general practice, the Justice Department does not confirm or deny investigations.
The Justice Department has also been asked to review the conduct of several of its own officials, including Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Mueller was FBI director at the time the bureau was investigating corruption and money laundering by a Russian government agent at the time of the Uranium One purchase—an investigation only recently made public long after the deal was finalized.
Rosenstein and McCabe were also both directly involved in the Russian corruption investigation. Members of Congress are curious how the deal could have proceeded in light of the investigation. Then-Attorney General Eric Holder and Clinton both sat on a government committee responsible for giving the deal a green light.
Rosenstein was ultimately responsible for appointing Mueller to conduct the “Russia Narrative” investigation, and McCabe faces unanswered questions about donations to his wife’s state senate campaign and alleged Hatch Act violations for campaigning on her behalf. Those matters also have direct connections to Clinton and the Clinton Foundation, making them additional areas of concern the Justice Department is reportedly investigating.