Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered Justice Department prosecutors to ask FBI agents for an explanation of the evidence they uncovered in a now dormant criminal investigation into a controversial uranium deal, now known as Uranium One, that critics have linked to Bill and Hillary Clinton.
NBC News cited a senior Justice Department official who said that the interviews with FBI agents will assist the DOJ in determining whether a special counsel is warranted to investigate the Uranium One deal.
Sessions pledged to Congress in November that he would assess the case and make a decision regarding reopening its disposition.
The deal involved the 2010 sale of a Canadian mining company, called Uranium One, to Rosatom, a Russian nuclear energy firm. At the time of the transaction, Hillary Clinton was the secretary of state, and the State Department was one of nine agencies that agreed to approve the deal after finding no threat to U.S. national security.
According to a senior law enforcement official who was briefed on the initial FBI investigation, there were allegations of corruption surrounding the process by which the U.S. government approved the sale, although no charges were filed.
In April 2015, The New York Times reported that some of the individuals associated with the Uranium One deal contributed millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation. Also under scrutiny was a Moscow speech by Bill Clinton, who was paid $500,000 by a Russian investment bank with connections to the uranium transaction.
Hillary Clinton has denied involvement in the decision by the State Department regarding the sale, a claim that has been confirmed by the State Department official who approved the deal.
Despite Hillary Clinton’s assertion, some Republicans, including President Donald Trump, have questioned the Uranium One deal, calling it corrupt, and insisting that the the investigation be reopened.
In a letter to Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Stephen Boyd said that Justice Department lawyers “would make recommendations to Sessions about whether an investigation should be opened or expanded, or whether a special counsel should be appointed to probe a number of issues of concern to Republicans,” according to NBC News.
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