A letter to Republican lawmakers confirms that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering appointing a special counsel to investigate “unlawful” Clinton Foundation dealings, as well as an Obama-era uranium deal.
Sessions had previously pledged to lawmakers that he would not go after 'political enemies' and would recuse himself from any investigations into the Clintons.
In a letter to the House Judiciary Committee provided to the Washington Examiner, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd said Sessions has “directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues” raised in letters from Republicans in July and September.
The prosecutors would report directly to Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and then 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 there should be the appointment of a special counsel for any matters.
Boyd wrote that Justice Department takes these issues “seriously” and seeks to answer Congress’ concerns in “a non-political matter.”
The House Judiciary Committee is holding an oversight hearing on the Justice Department Tuesday.
During his January confirmation Hearing, Sessions said he would recuse himself from any possible investigations related to Hillary Clinton.
"I do believe that that could place my objectivity in question," Sessions told Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. "I believe the proper thing for me to do would be for me to recuse myself."
He later added that he would refuse a call from President Trump to go after Clinton with a special prosecutor, something Trump called for during his campaign.
“I believe that would be the best approach for the country because we can never have a political dispute turn into a criminal dispute. This country does not punish its political enemies. What this country ensures [is] that no one is above the law,” Sessions explained.
Trump has repeatedly called for the Justice Department to investigate Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.
“Everybody is asking why the Justice Department (and FBI) isn’t looking into all of the dishonesty going on with Crooked Hillary & the Dems…” Trump tweeted this month.
Last month, Republican leaders of three House committees launched their own probes into Clinton and the Obama-era Uranium one deal.