According to The New York Times, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering naming a special counsel to lead a Justice Department investigation into a list of matters that involve Hillary Clinton.
Sessions is interested in investigating a wide range of incidences including the controversial Obama-era Uranium One deal that gave a Russian-owned company partial control of U.S. atomic energy resources. He is also interested in how the FBI handled its investigation into the former secretary of State’s private email server and claims of misconduct at the Clinton Foundation.
Sessions has already instructed top federal prosecutors to further look into some of the matters and share their findings with him his top deputy.
This comes in response to the repeated appeal of Rep. Robert Goodlatte, chairman of the Judiciary panel, who called on Sessions twice this year to appoint a second special counsel who could independently investigate these concerns.
Goodlatte had particularly taken aim at former FBI Director James Comey after revelations surfaced earlier this year that he had drafted a statement ending the agency’s investigation into Clinton’s email server before over a dozen key witnesses had been interviewed about the issue.
Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd responded to Goodlatte, saying that Sessions had “directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues raised in your letters,” according to the report.
Boyd added that they will “report directly to the Attorney General and 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 the appointment of a Special Counsel.”
Trump has publicly blasted Sessions for failing to aggressively pursue investigations that relate to his former 2016 campaign opponent. Earlier this month, Trump told reporters that the Justice Department “should be looking at the Democrats.”