For months, many conservatives have expressed frustration that President Donald Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, has not been proactive in investigating the unresolved scandals of the previous administration, particularly those involving former Secretary of State and failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. But is that about to change?
Fox News reports that Sessions has directed Justice Department prosecutors to “evaluate certain issues” that may pertain to the Obama State Department’s suspicious Uranium One sale and the Clinton Foundation’s alleged role in it.
This is in response to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) requesting that the Justice Department look into them. It’s not a guarantee that a serious investigation will happen, but it could potentially be a first step toward a special counsel:
“These senior prosecutors will report directly to the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General [Rod Rosenstein], 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 the appointment of a Special Counsel,” Boyd wrote.
The Justice Department does not ordinarily confirm or deny investigations, and Boyd wrote that “this letter should not be construed to do so.”
The Justice Department’s letter specifically said that some of the topics requested by Goodlatte and other committee members were already being investigated by the department’s Inspector General’s office.
The letter specifically mentioned allegations related to the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email probe, including allegations that DOJ and FBI “policies or procedures” were “not followed in connection with, or in actions leading up to or related to” then-FBI Director James Comey’s public announcement to close the Clinton email “matter” on July 5, 2016, or the letter he sent lawmakers on October 28, 2016, about newly discovered Clinton emails, and that those “investigative decisions were based on improper considerations.”
This has been an area of particular concern because, even as the Trump Administration lets Special Counsel Robert Mueller turn the Russian meddling probe into what appears to be a partisan fishing expedition, the same level of attention has not been devoted to the Obama-Clinton crimes that Trump promised to aggressively pursue on the campaign trail.
In fact, as TFPP’s Seth Connell reported recently, Sessions has been so preoccupied with avoiding any appearance of partisanship that according to Congressman Matt Gaetz, his recusal from anything even tangentially related to the 2016 election encompassed any discussion of the Uranium One deal:
According to Gaetz, when the topic was brought up, Sessions stood up and said he would not be able to discuss the matter because he had recused himself. Gaetz was left with a group of Rosenstein staffers who seemed rather uninterested in what he had to say about Uranium One.
“He said that anything that had to do with 2016 election, or Russia, or the candidates in the 2016 election, fell under the scope of his recusal, and he left the room,” Gaetz said.
“It was Sessions’ position that his recusal on the Russia matter divorced him from any oversight on Uranium One and Fusion GPS. That’s troubling,” [Gaetz added.] “Sessions’ recusal is a function of his involvement in the Trump campaign. In no world does that impact his judgment as it relates to Fusion GPS and Uranium One. But he views the recusal more broadly. That’s troubling because that puts Rosenstein in charge.”
Does this latest report indicate that Sessions has changed his mind and that someone will finally be held accountable? Or is this an empty promise? Stay tuned to TFPP as we follow the continuing developments in search of an answer.