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14 November 2017, 06:22 | Erica Roy
US lawmakers to press Attorney General Sessions on Russia contacts
The discovery of the letter comes at a opportune time - Sessions will be testifying before the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday about new revelations in special counsel Mueller's investigation into alleged Russian collusion and election interference.
"These senior prosecutors will report directly to the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, as appropriate, and will make recommendations as to whether any matters not now under investigation should be opened, whether any matters now under investigation require further resources, or whether any matters merit the appointment of a Special Counsel", he wrote.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions is leaving open the possibility that a special counsel could be appointed to look into Clinton Foundation dealings and an Obama-era uranium deal, the Justice Department said Monday in responding to concerns from Republican lawmakers.
Special counsel Robert Mueller is now probing Russian meddling in the 2016 election, which, at least publicly, has focused on hacks into Democratic National Committee emails and meetings between Trump campaign officials and Russians.
Sessions previously admitted that his past comments on Clinton would likely put his "objectivity" into question, meaning a special counsel would likely be required if a formal investigation into the controversial Uranium One deal is launched.
The letter from Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd did not confirm the existence of any investigation, and did not guarantee that the prosecutors' evaluation would lead to any investigations.
Franken said he expects Sessions will be asked about contact with Russian Federation when he testifies Tuesday before the House panel, and he hopes the attorney general will "answer those questions honestly".
The disclosure came in a letter from a top Justice Department official to Rep.
"Like clockwork, just as we learn of damning details of Donald Trump Jr's contacts with WikiLeaks, the Trump administration is firing up the fog machine to distract from the Mueller probe", Fallon said. Goodlatte and other House Republicans had sent letters to the Justice Department in July and September featuring a wide-ranging list of 14 allegations against Democrats that Republicans wanted investigated.
A special counsel can be appointed when the Justice Department or a U.S. Attorney's office has a conflict of interest, there are other "extraordinary circumstances" or it would otherwise be "in the public interest" to do so, according to the federal regulation governing such appointments.
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