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Jeff Sessions: DOJ will investigate ties between Clinton Foundation and sale of Uranium One
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the Department of Justice will consider investigations into Hillary Clinton and alleged ties between the Clinton Foundation and the sale of Uranium One.
Justice Department prosecutors have begun asking FBI agents to explain the evidence they found in a now dormant criminal investigation into a controversial uranium deal that critics have linked to Bill and Hillary Clinton.
The issue is a 2010 transaction in which the Obama Administration allowed the sale of U.S. uranium mining facilities to Russia’s state atomic energy company. Hillary Clinton was secretary of state at the time, and the State Department was one of nine agencies that agreed to approve the deal after finding no threat to U.S. national security.
Some Republicans have called for a special counsel to investigate the major uranium deal with a Russian state-owned energy company that was approved by the Obama administration, and whether Clinton Foundation donors had any influence in its approval.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, tweeted in October that the Justice Department should name a special counsel to investigate it.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee tweeted that “it’s long past time” for the special counsel to investigate “the Clinton email scandal” and other matters.
In the House and the Senate, GOP lawmakers have been irked about a series of revelations — most notably the removal of an FBI agent from Robert Mueller’s team for sending anti-Trump texts — saying that the special counsel needs to get rid of prosecutors with Democratic leanings in order to carry through an impartial investigation.
Some of the people associated with the deal contributed millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation. And Bill Clinton was paid $500,000 for a Moscow speech by a Russian investment bank with links to the transaction.
Hillary Clinton has denied playing any role in the decision by the State Department to approve the sale, and the State Department official who approved it has said Clinton did not intervene in the matter. That hasn’t stopped some Republicans, including President Trump, from calling the arrangement corrupt — and urging that Clinton be investigated.