Under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Department of Justice ordered prosecutors to examine "certain issues" raised by congressional Republicans, according to a letter Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd sent to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and other committee members, who have been demanding a special counsel be assigned to probe Clinton.
In recent weeks, unsealed court documents have called into question the attorney general's previous testimony about his interactions with Russians, and his knowledge of others' interactions, when he was an official with the Trump campaign. He said he mentioned in passing to Sessions that he was visiting Russian Federation and the then-senator had no reaction.
Democratic lawmakers already contend the attorney general has not been forthcoming with them and have signaled that questions about the new revelations are likely to dominate what could otherwise have been a routine oversight hearing.
Sessions also denied remembering Trump campaign aide Carter Page telling Sessions that he was planning a trip to Russian Federation during a dinner at the Capitol Hill Club.
Many democrats have criticized the focus on Uranium One and push for a special counsel, arguing it creates "discord" and could be a distraction from the investigation into Russian meddling and collusion.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions told lawmakers that the Department of Justice is investigating 27 leaks of classified information.
Papadopoulos, who pled guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with Russia, told the Trump campaign meeting that he had connections with Moscow and could help arrange a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to court documents.
Asked in a House Judiciary Committee hearing whether he would review requests for a prosecutor "fairly and expeditiously", Sessions confirmed he would.More news: Hulu working on live-action Hitman series
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Asked by Jordan what it would take to get a special counsel investigation into the dossier or various Clinton-related accusations, Sessions pointed to department policies on the procedure, as well as to the fact that there has only been two special counsel investigations.
Sessions' testimony appears likely to keep the controversy over Russian Federation boiling as Special Counsel Robert Mueller accelerates his investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
"I have not been improperly influenced and would not be improperly influenced", Mr. Sessions said. Sessions supervised the advisory group on which Papadopoulos sat and reportedly rejected his suggestion for Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet. "And a lot of people are disappointed in the Justice Department, including me".
In terms of the CFIUS approval, Clinton has said she had nothing to do with it.
Or, so Sessions tells the House Judiciary Committee.
Sessions testified that he now remembers the meeting Papadopoulos, but his memory about conversations is limited. Having Trump's own deputies at the DOJ handle it means that any adverse finding about Hillary will be dismissed by the left as Trump running a banana-republic Justice Department that's carrying out his political vendettas.