DOJ Says It’s Looking At Possibly Appointing Special Counsel for Clinton
Fox News reported yesterday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed senior federal prosecutors to look into the possibility of creating another Special Counsel for the purposes of looking into alleged unlawful dealings related to the Clinton Foundation and the Uranium One deal.
The announcement came just one day before Sessions’ testimony before the House Judiciary Committee is set to take place, and was a response to a list of questions sent in a letter July 27, 2016 to the DOJ from Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and other members which called for an appointment of a special counsel to the matters raised in the letter. That main contents of that letter was published as an op-ed by Fox News on Monday.
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, 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…
Your letter referenced various allegations related to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) handling of the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server. On January 12, 2017 the Department’s Inspector General (IG) sent a letter to you and other Members advising that the IG’s office was initiating a review of, among other things:
- Allegations that Department or FBI policies or procedures were not followed in connection with, or in action leading up to, or related to, the FBI Director’s public announcement on July 5, 2016, and the Director’s letter to Congress on October 28 and November 6, 2016, and that certain underlying investigative decisions were based on improper considerations;
- Allegations that the FBI Deputy Director should have been recused from investigating in certain investigative matters;
- Allegations that FBI and Department employees improperly disclosed nom-public information; and
- Allegations that decisions regarding the timing of the FBI’s release of certain Freedom of Information Act documents on October 30 and November 1, 2106, and the use of a twitter account to publish the same, were influenced by improper consideration.
These investigations include issues raised in your letters. In addition, the Department has forwarded a copy of your letters to the IG so he can determine whether he should expand the scope of his investigation based on the information contained in those letters. Once the IG’s review is complete, the Department will assess what, if any, additional steps are necessary to address any issues identified by that review…
One should not immediately rush to the conclusion that a Special Counsel is soon forthcoming though, as the DOJ response did not confirm or deny what specific items that the Committee’s letter had addressed had fallen under the purview of the IG’s current investigation, and the DOJ response shouldn’t be construed to do so.
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