Ses­sions con­sid­ers spe­cial coun­sel in ura­nium deal

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WASHINGTON (AP) — 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, in re­spond­ing to con­cerns from Repub­li­can law­mak­ers.

The de­part­ment said in a let­ter to the House Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee on Mon­day that Ses­sions had di­rected se­nior fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors to “eval­u­ate cer­tain is­sues” raised in re­cent weeks by mem­bers of Congress, which in­clude al­le­ga­tions that the Clin­ton Foun­da­tion ben­e­fited from a years-old ura­nium trans­ac­tion in­volv­ing a Rus­sian-backed com­pany.

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.

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