Hil­lary cor­rup­tion probe seen gain­ing some head­way

Boston Herald - - NEWS - By JULES CRIT­TEN­DEN and KIM­BERLY ATKINS

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s Jus­tice Depart­ment is inch­ing to­ward a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion of pos­si­ble cor­rup­tion in Hil­lary Clin­ton’s deal­ings with Rus­sia as sec­re­tary of state — with Repub­li­can law­mak­ers urg­ing a fo­cus on her cam­paign as well.

At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions, ad­dress­ing the House Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee yes­ter­day, in­sisted any probe of Pres­i­dent Trump’s 2016 Demo­cratic ri­val will be han­dled in a non­par­ti­san way, with­out un­due in­flu­ence from the White House de­spite Trump’s goad­ing tweets.

A DOJ let­ter to the com­mit­tee Mon­day said Ses­sions has di­rected se­nior fed­eral prose­cu­tors to “eval­u­ate cer­tain is­sues” re­lated to Clin­ton and rec­om­mend whether a special coun­sel should be ap­pointed.

The 2016 Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee has been un­der scru­tiny over the 2010 Ura­nium One deal — sell­ing 20 per­cent of Amer­ica’s ura­nium to a Rus­sian con­glom­er­ate. It was an agree­ment ap­proved by the State Depart­ment while she was sec­re­tary of state and mil­lions of dol­lars re­port­edly were pour­ing into the Clin­ton Foun­da­tion from re­lated Rus­sian in­ter­ests.

Re­cent news re­ports also in­di­cate that a no­to­ri­ous dossier cit­ing Rus­sian

sources and pur­port­ing to have dirt on Trump was fi­nanced by the Clin­ton cam­paign and the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee, then used by the FBI un­der the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion to ob­tain war­rants to spy on the Trump cam­paign.

Rep. Jim Jor­dan (R-Ohio) told Ses­sions yes­ter­day, “What’s it go­ing to take to ac­tu­ally get a special coun­sel?” He added that “it sure looks like” Democrats fi­nanced the Rus­sian dossier to get a FISA war­rant on the Trump cam­paign.

“I would say ‘looks like’ is not enough ba­sis for a special coun­sel,” Ses­sions said.

“I did not mean to sug­gest I was tak­ing a side one way or the other on that sub­ject,” Ses­sions said later. “I was sim­ply re­spond­ing that we would have to have a full and ef­fec­tive and de­tailed fac­tual eval­u­a­tion be­fore we make a de­ci­sion on whether or not a special coun­sel is re­quired.”

Ses­sions added the Jus­tice Depart­ment “can never be used to re­tal­i­ate po­lit­i­cally against op­po­nents.”

Of Trump’s tweets, Ses­sions told Rep. John Cony­ers (D-Mich.), “A pres­i­dent can­not im­prop­erly in­flu­ence an in­ves­ti­ga­tion. And I have not been im­prop­erly in­flu­enced and would not be im­prop­erly in­flu­enced. The pres­i­dent speaks his mind. He’s bold and di­rect about what he says, but peo­ple elected him. But we do our duty ev­ery day based on the law and the facts.”

AP PHOTO

NEW SCRU­TINY: Hil­lary Clin­ton speaks at an event Thurs­day in Penn­syl­va­nia.

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