Acting on two requests from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Attorney General Jeff Session has directed senior federal prosecutors to explore “certain issues” involving the sale of Uranium One, along with allegations of pay-for-play related to the Clinton Foundation – leaving the door open for the appointment of a separate Special Counsel investigation.
In a letter exclusively obtained by Fox news, the Justice Department responded to July 27 and September 26 requests from congressional Republicans.
“The Attorney General has directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues raised in your letters,” Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote.
“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.
Via Fox News:
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.”
“The Department has forwarded a copy of your letters to the IG so he can determine whether he should expand the scope of his investigation based on the information contained in those letters,” Boyd added. “Once the IG’s review is complete, the Department will assess what, if any, additional steps are necessary to address any issues identified by that review.”
Reviewing the evidence
- Between 2009 and 2013, Russia bought Canadian mining company Uranium One – eventually giving them control over 20% of American uranium (at the time. It’s around 10% now).
- Over roughly the same period, individuals involved in the Uranium One deal, including Russian nuclear officials, contributed over $140 million to the Clinton Foundation.
- Coincidentally, I’m sure, the Obama administration – and Clinton State Department in particular, approved the deal.
- The committee which approved the deal, the CFIUS, has been considered a “joke” for years, and a rubber-stamp committee of sorts.
- Thanks to a FOIA request discovery byTwitter user Katica (@GOPPollAnalyst) – who notably discovered Hillary Clinton’s IT guy ‘Stonetear’ asking Reddit users how to strip Clinton’s name from archived emails – we know that the FBI issued records retention requests to each member of the CFIUS which approved the Uranium One deal, weeks after the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email began, suggesting the discovery of potentially incriminating evidence.
- No uranium was to leave the United States under the terms of the original agreement, however the Obama administration approved the export of U1 uranium via a Canadian transport company.
- Tony Podesta of the quickly unraveling Podesta Group met with the Clinton Foundation regularly while he was lobbying for Uranium One, reportedly coordinating the Uranium One deal, a former executive of Podesta’s firm told Tucker Carlson.
Also notable is the 143% increase in weapons sales granted to Clinton Foundation donors by Hillary Clinton’s State Department, along with over 200 Bill Clinton speeches approved by the Obama admin State Dept. worth over $48 million.
Whether or not the DOJ inquiry will turn anything up is a good question, as prosecuting potential Clinton crimes seem to be the last thing on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ mind. He’d much rather jail people over a plant used by millions for medicinal purposes.Comments »