Sessions mulling second special counsel to investigate Republican concerns, letter shows

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In a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote that Sessions "has directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues raised in your letters".

Sessions responded to these revelations by insisting that he'd met with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in his capacity as US senator (not as a Trump surrogate), and that they did not discuss the 2016 election.

After that meeting, Sessions said, he did not have "any further knowledge" of additional contacts between the campaign and Russian officials.

Sessions said during January's confirmation hearing that he was unaware of communications between the campaign and Russian Federation.

"I hope the attorney general can provide some clarification on this problem in his remarks today", Conyers said.

In addition to the meeting with Papadopoulos, former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page testified before the House Intelligence Committee recently that he told Sessions of his plans to travel to Moscow.

But while the Mueller-led special counsel team meanders, there is uncertainty about whether issues like the Uranium One deal and fusion Global Positioning System will receive a thorough investigation.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is leaving open the possibility that a special counsel could be appointed to look into Clinton Foundation dealings and a uranium deal during the Obama administration.

In what will be Sessions' fourth testimony before lawmakers in a year, the attorney general is expected to answer questions about his contact with Russian officials during the Trump campaign.

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Those claims have been denied by Clinton, who called them "baloney" and said there has been "no credible evidence [presented] by anyone".

However, Sessions said he would not acknowledge if he will recuse himself from any probe regarding Clinton, despite earlier pledges to do just that given his high-profile role in the Trump campaign. Sessions supervised the advisory group on which Papadopoulos sat and reportedly rejected his suggestion for Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet.

"To announce recusal from any investigation would confirm the existence of that investigation, and top officials have advised me I should not do so", Sessions said. Sessions said he no memory of that interaction.

In response to the silence from the Justice Department, Reps.

Congressional Republicans have requested the appointment of a second special counsel to look into allegations relating to Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation - including those relating to the Uranium One sale - and the investigation into Clinton's email server.

It also comes a day after the Justice Department told the chair of the committee, Rep.

President Donald Trump himself has repeatedly used social media to urge the Justice Department to investigate the deal, including in a series of Twitter posts this month in which he lamented not having more direct influence over the affairs of the law enforcement agency.

"Hopefully they are doing something and at some point, maybe we are going to all have it out", Trump said.

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