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The Department of Justice (DOJ) has confirmed it has received multiple congressional referrals for investigations over the past year regarding the sale of twenty percent of the American uranium supply to Russia's nuclear arm, as well as calls for investigations into allegations of pay-for-play regarding the Clinton Foundation, Circa has learned.
Multiple sources, including congressional officials, tell Circa that the requests sent to the Department of Justice over the past year have led to ongoing investigations, which they say also include investigations into the alleged leaking of classified information to the media and the improper unmasking of Americans.
DOJ spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores told Circa, "the department takes seriously all allegations from Congress of criminal conduct in determining whether to open an investigation." She said, "requests to open an investigation would be referred to the appropriate investigative agency, such as the FBI, for review."
Isgur Flores said, "all allegations are reviewed in light of the principles of federal prosecution. And while some may find it frustrating at times, the Department has a policy against confirming or denying the existence of investigations in order to maintain the integrity of the process until and if charges are filed."
FBI officials could not immediately be reached for comment.
Former FBI Director James Comey was fired early this year, in part for publicly discussing ongoing investigations related to the Clinton email investigations. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein noted in his letter regarding the FBI director's firing that Comey's derogatory statements about the investigation are a “textbook example of what federal prosecutors and agents are taught not to do.”
Several DOJ officials told Circa, in order preserve the integrity of the investigations, they are rarely discussed publicly.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions will appear before the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday, where committee members are expected to ask about the status of any investigations based on the congressional referrals the DOJ has received. Sessions is expected to testify on an array of matters, including questions on a former Trump campaign staffer George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents about his contacts with Russians. Democratic lawmakers said they want to know why Sessions said he was "not aware of any of those" contacts between Russian officials and Papadopoulos, as first reported by Reuters.
According to Congressional sources, Sessions, however, is also expected to come under questioning from many of his former colleagues in the committee regarding other Russia connected investigations stemming back to the Obama and Clinton administrations.
If the current Department of Justice does not investigate the abuses, then self-government as it was once known is gone
Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Texas Republican, who serves on the House Judiciary Committee, said he was not surprised to see that the investigation into the sale of American uranium during the Obama administration was added to the list of investigations underway at the Department of Justice.
“This country has seen the most powerful and intrusive parts of the mammoth federal government misused and abused as a virtual, political racketeer influenced and corrupt organization," Gohmert told Circa. "If the current Department of Justice does not investigate the abuses, then self-government as it was once known is gone. We're finally getting glimpses of the investigations they've been doing."
Judiciary Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., along with other members, have openly expressed their frustration that the Justice Department may not be doing enough regarding investigations into possible misconduct. In the House Judiciary Committee hearings on Tuesday, the committee is expected to ask questions regarding Russia's acquisition in 2010 of the Canadian mining company Uranium One and the then FBI investigation of money laundering and racketeering by employees of the Russian subsidiaries connected to that purchase, according to congressional sources that spoke with Circa.
Committee members are also expected to address issues regarding then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's role in the uranium sale, which includes allegations that the Clinton Foundation and then Clinton Global Initiative may have accepted graft money, according to the sources.
Another area of contention expected to be brought up in the hearing is "the FBI's handling of its investigation into Clinton's private email server and we want some answers on that as well," said a Republican congressional aide, who spoke on background as they were not authorized to speak to the media on the matter.
A congressional source with the House Intelligence Committee, which has launched a probe into allegations that Americans, particularly members of the Trump campaign were improperly unmasked, told Circa "after all these months of investigations, there is still no evidence of Trump officials colluding with Russian hacking in the election."
"But there sure are a lot of problems about the Democrats' Russia connections," said the congressional source, who was referencing recent allegations that the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign paid the controversial research firm Fusion GPS for the unverified dossier on President Trump. "Their whole Russia collusion enterprise is starting to boomerang back on them."
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EXCLUSIVE – Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate “certain issues” requested by congressional Republicans, involving the sale of Uranium One and alleged unlawful dealings related to the Clinton Foundation, leaving the door open for an appointment of another special counsel.
In a letter first obtained by Fox News, the Justice Department responded to July 27 and September 26 requests from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and other committee members, who called for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate the matters in question.
The letter comes on the eve of Sessions’ testimony before the same committee, scheduled for Tuesday.
“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.
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 wrote. “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.”
While the Justice Department did not confirm or deny an ongoing investigation into Clinton matters, administration officials pointed Fox News to the attorney general’s testimony at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in January, raising questions over whether he would recuse himself from this investigation.
“With regard to Secretary Clinton and some of the comments I made, I do believe that that could place my objectivity in question,” Sessions said in response to committee Chairman Chuck Grassley’s, R-Iowa, asking whether he could approach a Clinton investigation “impartially.” Sessions added at the time, “I believe the proper thing for me to do would be to recuse myself from any questions involving those kind of investigations that involve Secretary Clinton and that were raised during the campaign or to be otherwise connected to it.”
Former FBI Director Robert Mueller was appointed in May as a special counsel to investigate accusations of collusion between Russia and officials close to President Trump.