Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Justice Department may take a new look at a controversial 2010 deal that allowed a Russian company to have access to American uranium.
In a letter to the House Judiciary Committee on Monday, the Justice Department said it is having senior federal prosecutors explore concerns raised by lawmakers regarding the Uranium One deal, and any possible role the Clinton Foundation played in the Obama administration’s approval of the deal, according to the Washington Examiner.
“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 a special counsel,” Stephen E. Boyd, an assistant attorney general, wrote in the letter obtained by CNN.
“The Department of Justice … takes seriously its responsibility to provide timely and accurate information to Congress on issues of public interest, and seeks to do so in a non-political manner that is consistent with the Department’s litigation, law enforcement, and national security responsibilities,” Boyd wrote.
In 2010, the Obama administration approved a deal that allowed the giant Russian firm, Uranium One to buy a Canadian company that controlled a portion of America’s uranium supply.
Recent revelations have shown that former President Bill Clinton wanted to meet with Uranium One officials during a 2010 trip to Moscow. The Hill reported that Clinton was set to collect a $500,000 speaking fee.
Russians also donated millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation from 2009 to 2013 while Clinton was serving as secretary of state.
As reported by The Western Journal, Fox News host Sean Hannity connected the dots.
“Russian nuclear officials were giving $145 million to the Clinton Foundation. Were they simply feeling philanthropic? Putin wanted a piece of our uranium supply, our government knew he was illegally (trying) to get it, a former president met with him and pocketed a suspicious speaking fee and, what did our government do?” Hannity said. “The Obama administration, including Hillary Clinton and then-Attorney General Eric Holder let it happen. In 2010, the Uranium One deal was approved.”
Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., has called on Sessions to hire a special counsel to look into “matters that appear to be outside the scope” of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of the Trump campaign and possible Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Those matters include not only the Uranium One deal, but allegations of political influence in the FBI’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.
According to Circa, Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores stated that “the department takes seriously all allegations from Congress of criminal conduct in determining whether to open an investigation.”
“(R)equests to open an investigation would be referred to the appropriate investigative agency, such as the FBI, for review,” she added.
Lawmakers have said a full investigation is necessary.
“This country has seen the most powerful and intrusive parts of the mammoth federal government misused and abused as a virtual, political racketeer influenced and corrupt organization,” said Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas.
“If the current Department of Justice does not investigate the abuses, then self-government as it was once known is gone. We’re finally getting glimpses of the investigations they’ve been doing,” he added.