WASH­ING­TON Jus­tice open to idea of Clin­ton Foun­da­tion spe­cial coun­sel

The Myanmar Times - - World -

AT­TOR­NEY Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions is leav­ing open the pos­si­bil­ity that a spe­cial coun­sel could be ap­pointed to look into Clin­ton Foun­da­tion deal­ings and an Obama-era ura­nium deal, the Jus­tice De­part­ment said Mon­day in re­spond­ing to con­cerns from Repub­li­can law­mak­ers.

In a let­ter to the House Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee, which is hold­ing an over­sight hear­ing Tues­day, the Jus­tice De­part­ment said Ses­sions had di­rected se­nior fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors to “eval­u­ate cer­tain is­sues” raised by Repub­li­can law­mak­ers. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has also re­peat­edly called for in­ves­ti­ga­tions of Democrats.

The pros­e­cu­tors will re­port to Ses­sions and Deputy At­tor­ney Gen­eral Rod Rosen­stein and rec­om­mend whether any new in­ves­ti­ga­tions should be opened, whether any mat­ters cur­rently un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­quire ad­di­tional re­sources and whether it might be nec­es­sary to ap­point a spe­cial coun­sel to over­see a probe, ac­cord­ing to a let­ter sent to Rep Robert Good­latte of Vir­ginia, the Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee’s Repub­li­can chair­man.

Some law­mak­ers have specif­i­cally said they want to know more about whether Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s Jus­tice De­part­ment had been in­ves­ti­gat­ing the pur­chase of Amer­i­can ura­nium mines by a Rus­sian-backed com­pany in 2010.

The agree­ment was reached while Clin­ton led the State De­part­ment and some in­vestors in the com­pany had re­la­tion­ships with for­mer Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton and do­nated large sums to the Clin­ton Foun­da­tion.

The let­ter comes one day be­fore Ses­sions is to ap­pear be­fore the Ju­di­ciary panel for a Jus­tice De­part­ment over­sight hear­ing. Democrats on the com­mit­tee have al­ready sig­nalled that they in­tend to press Ses­sions on his knowl­edge of con­tacts be­tween Rus­sians and aides to the Trump cam­paign. –

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