Pros­e­cu­tors to probe Clin­ton Foun­da­tion

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WASH­ING­TON. — The United States Jus­tice De­part­ment says it has asked pros­e­cu­tors to ex­am­ine al­leged mis­con­duct at the Clin­ton Foun­da­tion and the con­tro­ver­sial Obama-era sale of a ura­nium firm to Rus­sia and whether a spe­cial coun­sel might be needed to in­ves­ti­gate.

The move, dis­closed in a let­ter to law­mak­ers, came as At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions was poised to tes­tify yes­ter­day about elec­tion year con­tacts be­tween mem­bers of the Trump cam­paign and Rus­sia.

As the for­mer head of the Trump cam­paign’s for­eign pol­icy ad­vi­sory team, Ses­sions can ex­pect a tough grilling from Democrats about what he knew about the con­tacts.

Ses­sions has pre­vi­ously tes­ti­fied un­der oath that he had no knowl­edge of any col­lu­sion with the Rus­sians, but a probe by spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller has un­cov­ered con­tacts by lower level cam­paign ad­vis­ers.

As the Rus­sia elec­tion med­dling probe has heated up, US pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump as well as Repub­li­can law­mak­ers have called for a probe into Hil­lary Clin­ton and the sale of a ura­nium com­pany to Rus­sia un­der for­mer pres­i­dent Barack Obama.

On Mon­day, the Jus­tice De­part­ment re­sponded to the Repub­li­can de­mands in a let­ter to House Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee chair­man Robert Good­latte.

Ses­sions, it said, has di­rected se­nior fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors to eval­u­ate Good­latte’s re­quest for a spe­cial coun­sel to in­ves­ti­gate the ura­nium sale and “al­leged un­law­ful deal­ings re­lated to the Clin­ton Foun­da­tion and other mat­ters.”

The pros­e­cu­tors “will make rec­om­men­da­tions as to whether any mat­ters not cur­rently un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion should be opened, whether any mat­ters cur­rently un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­quire fur­ther re­sources, and whether any mat­ters merit the ap­point­ment of a Spe­cial Coun­sel,” it said.

The let­ter, first ob­tained by broad­caster NBC News, was signed by As­sis­tant At­tor­ney Gen­eral Stephen Boyd.

Repub­li­can law­mak­ers in late Oc­to­ber an­nounced they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the 2013 sale of Cana­dian min­ing com­pany Ura­nium One to Rus­sian state-owned com­pany Rosatom, which was ap­proved by for­mer pres­i­dent Barack Obama.

The move gave Rosatom con­trol of 20 per­cent of US ura­nium stock­piles, and was de­cided af­ter Ura­nium One made sev­eral do­na­tions to the Clin­ton Foun­da­tion of for­mer pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton.

They are also de­mand­ing more clar­ity on how the Fed­eral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion and the De­part­ment of Jus­tice de­cided dur­ing the height of last year’s White House race to not pur­sue charges against Clin­ton over her mis­use of a per­sonal email server.

The Jus­tice De­part­ment let­ter said the han­dling of the Clin­ton email case was un­der re­view by the de­part­ment’s in­spec­tor-gen­eral, and an as­sess­ment would be made of what steps should be taken, if any, once it is com­pleted.

Hil­lary Clin­ton

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