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Sessions to oversee new Uranium One, Clinton inquiry
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In the aftermath of Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump, Mrs. Clinton and her campaign have continued to emerge at the center of political scandals. However, this scandal may be the biggest to date, and might even have criminal ramifications.
Fox News reported on Monday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has directed several prosecutors to evaluate “certain issues” requested by Congressional Republicans regarding the Uranium One scandal and Hillary Clinton’s email scandal. He also left open the possibility of a second Special Counsel appointment, if “merited.”
According to The Washington Post, this comes in response to an inquiry by the House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) who has called for a special counsel to probe Mrs. Clinton’s involvement in the Uranium One scandal and multiple other concerns regarding the 2016 election.
Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd, in a letter addressed to Congressional Republicans, stated, “The Attorney General has directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues raised in your letters.”
These senior prosecutors will report directly to the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General [Rod Rosenstein], as appropriate, and will make recommendations as to whether any matters not currently under investigation should be opened, whether any matters currently under investigation require further resources, or whether any matters merit the appointment of a Special Counsel.
The letter also references allegations related to the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email scandal. This follows reports detailing another letter, drafted by former FBI Director James Comey, exonerating Clinton months before concluding the investigation or having interviewed her.
The Department of Justice also claims the DOJ and FBI did not follow proper “policies or procedures” and were “not followed in connection with, or in actions leading up to or related to” James Comey’s announcement clearing Hillary Clinton of wrongdoing on July 5, 2016.
More Nuclear Fallout
The new inquiry into the Uranium One scandal accompanies recent revelations that the Clinton campaign funded the notorious Trump dossier through FusionGPS. She has also been accused of bailing out the Democratic National Committee in order to gain control of the party even before winning the party nomination for the 2016 presidential election.
Former Secretary Clinton has been adamant that neither she nor her campaign staff has committed any wrongdoing regarding the Russian dossier or against Senator Sanders in either case.
Even after a decided route from national politics, it would seem that Mrs. Clinton cannot keep out of controversy or the public eye. It will be interesting to see what, if anything, comes from the DOJ inquiry into the Uranium One scandal and Hillary Clinton.
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