DOJ Considering GOP, Trump's Calls for Clinton Special Counsel

| NOV 14, 2017 | 1:56 PM

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering appointing a special counsel to investigate a number of matters involving Hillary Clinton, according to multiple reports.

Among the issues Sessions asked senior prosecutors to look into in a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte was alleged ties between the Clinton Foundation and the sale of Uranium One, a deal that was approved when Clinton was secretary of state in 2010.

President Donald Trump and some Republicans have alleged that Russian contacts looked to influence Clinton's decision to vote for the the deal through donations to her foundation.

In 2010, Clinton did sit on the Committee on Foreign Investment, along with eight other voting members who also voted for the Uranium One deal. While the president and Republicans said Clinton “gave away 20 percent of the uranium in the United States,” the committee only has the power to approve a sale, while the president must stop a sale.

Trump has pushed for Clinton to be investigated throughout his presidential campaign and now well into his presidency. Chants of “lock her up” filled dozens of campaign rallies on the way to Trump clinching the White House, but during the early moments after Election Day, Trump attempted to distance himself from those specific cries from his base.

A month after beating Clinton in historic fashion in November 2016, Trump again heard “lock her up” chants at a post-election rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, as part of his “thank you” tour.

“That plays great before the election,” Trump told the raucous crowd. “Now we don't care, right?”

But as the president faced sharp criticism from Democrats, some Republicans and Clinton herself, and with Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian ties to the Trump campaign heating up, Trump's tone recoiled back to familiar territory.

“Everybody is asking why the Justice Department (and FBI) isn't looking into all of the dishonesty going on with Crooked Hillary & the Dems,” he tweeted on Nov. 3.

“People are angry,” the president continued, nearly a year after defeating Clinton at the ballot box. “At some point the Justice Department, and the FBI, must do what is right and proper. The American public deserves it!”