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    US Attorney General Might Reopen Investigation Into Clinton Foundation Deals

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    Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reportedly considering appointing a second special counsel to re-investigate the alleged wrongdoings of former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, former FBI Director James Comey, and the Obama administration in response to persistent concerns among the Republicans.

    A letter which has been obtained by the Washington Post suggests that the Justice Department and its head Jeff Sessions might respond to an inquiry from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte to appoint a second special counsel to investigate a list of matters which are of special concern to the Republicans.

    Such matters include former FBI director James B. Comey's handling of the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server for government business activities while serving as Secretary of State.

    U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton looks at a computer screen (File)
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    U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton looks at a computer screen (File)

    It might also look into some of the Clinton Foundation's dealings, in particular, the 2010 Uranium One deal, which was approved by the Obama administration.

    The administration then allowed Russian nuclear energy agency Rosatom to acquire Canada-based Uranium One, which had significant mining stakes in the US.

    READ MORE: US House Intel Committee Announces Inquiry Into Obama-Era Russian Uranium Deal

    The deal is being used as an example of "Clinton taking Russian money to influence US policy," however previous investigations into the matter had found no signs of wrongdoing, saying that there was no evidence that Clinton had participated in any discussions regarding the sale. Additionally, the purchase required approval from several government agencies which the former secretary of state had no control over.

    President Trump has repeatedly criticized the Justice Department for not doing enough to investigate a variety of conservative concerns.

    In response to Bob Goodlatte, Assistant Attorney General Stephen E. Boyd therefore replied that "Sessions had directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues raised in your letters."

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