US Department of Justice to probe Clinton Foundation

US Department of Justice to probe Clinton Foundation

US Department of Justice to probe Clinton Foundation

Attorney General Jeff Sessions may have just thrown a wrench into GOP plans to open a new federal investigation of Hillary Clinton.

A day earlier, the Washington Post reported Sessions ordered top prosecutors in the department to look into these areas and report back to him, possibly to make the case for a special prosecutor.

During testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Sessions told Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of OH that something that "looks like" it is worthy of the appointment of a special counsel "is not enough basis to appoint one".

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Trump campaigned on a promise to "get a special prosecutor" to investigate Clinton.

Democrat Congressman, Adam Schiff, criticised the move by Sessions to consider a second special prosecution. And, President Donald Trump has repeatedly shown disappointment that the department isn't looking into "Crooked Hillary".

The committee members say they're also concerned about what they call "potentially unlawful global dealings" and alleged connections between foreign entities and the Clinton campaign or foundation. That letter raised immediate concerns about the possible politicization of the DOJ because it seemed Sessions was willing to use right-wing talking points endorsed by the White House as grounds for a criminal probe into Clinton's time at the State Department. A separate Clinton Foundation-related federal probe has been ongoing in Virginia, but its final disposition is still unclear, according to people familiar with the matter. The deal, which has always been a talking point for right-leaning media outlets, allowed a Russian nuclear agency to purchase Uranium One, a Canadian mining firm with deep ties to America's uranium extraction capacity. Republicans have suggested that the deal, which required USA approval from a multiagency board that included Clinton's State Department, should have been blocked because of a separate corruption probe involving Russian uranium shipments.

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Some conservatives say a special counsel appointment could have consequences far beyond Clinton.

Sessions noted that there have only ever been two special counsels: one for the Waco siege in April 1993, and Robert Mueller's probe into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

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"The Department of Justice can never be used to retaliate politically against opponents... that would be wrong", Mr Sessions said.

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