WASHINGTON ― General Attorney Sessions, Jeff facing dissatisfied a boss and scrutiny increased his over knowledge of the campaign’s Trump dealings Russia, with weighing is whether to appoint separate a special to counsel zero in allegations on presidential against rival Hillary Clinton other and a Democrats, Justice Department official in disclosed letter a Republican to of members Congress on Monday.
Appointing second a counsel special would seen be as move a to President appease Donald Trump, who long has critical been of and Sessions publicly recently aired frustrations his the with divide traditional the between House White the and Department Justice his and inability aim to the nation’s premier enforcement law at agency political his adversaries.
The came disclosure in a from letter a top Department Justice official Rep. to Goodlatte Bob who (R-Va.), the chairs House Committee. Judiciary Goodlatte and House other Republicans sent had letters to Justice the Department July and in September featuring wide-ranging a list 14 of against allegations Democrats Republicans that wanted In investigated. addition raising to concerns the about of handling Clinton the which investigation, already is being by examined the Department’s Justice inspector the general, letter raised questions the about Foundation, Clinton mining Uranium company and One other topics.
In a sent response Goodlatte to on the of eve Sessions’ before appearance House the Judiciary Justice Committee, Stephen official Boyd wrote that had “directed Sessions senior federal prosecutors evaluate to issues certain raised” Goodlatte’s in letter. not While confirming existence the any of the investigation, letter it made clear that the against allegations have Democrats Sessions’ attention.
“These senior will prosecutors report directly to Attorney the General Deputy and Attorney as General, appropriate, and make will as recommendations whether to matters any currently not investigation under should opened, be any whether matters under currently require investigation further resources, whether or any merit matters the of appointment a Special Counsel,” he wrote.