Sessions directs prosecutors to look into uranium deal, Clinton Foundation

Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee advised Sessions in a letter last week that they meant to press him on what they said were "inconsistencies" between the attorney general's past statements and the new revelations. "Goodlatte took particular aim at former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James B. Comey, asking for a second special counsel to evaluate the leaks he directed about his conversations with President Trump, among other things".

Congressional Republicans have requested the appointment of a second special counsel to look into allegations relating to Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation - including those relating to the Uranium One sale - and the investigation into Clinton's email server.

Allegations against Clinton have received renewed attention from Republicans and the conservative media in recent weeks as Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has heated up, with charges filed against three former Trump campaign staffers.

Sessions was apparently at a campaign meeting in March 2016 with Trump, campaign adviser George Papadopoulos and others where there was discussion of setting up a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The president has publicly lambasted his attorney general and noted, had he known in advance of Sessions's recusal, he would not have appointed him to the post.

The Justice Department does not ordinarily confirm or deny investigations, and Boyd wrote that "this letter should not be construed to do so".

Three US Navy Carriers Conduct Joint Exercises
Both operations focused on the capacity to quickly unite forces from three strike force groups because of national circumstances. Navy Carrier Strike Groups routinely deploy to the Western Pacific and the Indian Ocean", according to a Navy statement.

Last month, Republican leaders of two House committees launched an investigation into an Obama-era deal in which a Russian company bought a Canadian firm that owned some 20 percent of US uranium supplies.

The disclosure came in a letter from a top Justice Department official to Rep.

Any appointment of a new special counsel, particularly in response to calls from members of Congress or from Trump himself, is likely to lead to Democratic complaints about an undue political influence on a department that is supposed to function outside of any partisan sway or demand.

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying about his communications with Russian-tied individuals regarding information about Hillary Clinton. In addition to raising concerns about the handling of the Clinton investigation, which is already being examined by the Justice Department's inspector general, the letter raised questions about the Clinton Foundation, mining company Uranium One and other topics.

"The Attorney General has directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues raised in your letters", Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd said in the letter.

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