"Leahy's remarks come a day before Attorney General Sessions is set to testify before the House Judiciary Committee".
The prosecutors will report to Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and recommend whether any new investigations should be opened, whether any matters now under investigation require additional resources and whether it might be necessary to appoint a special counsel to oversee a probe, according to a letter sent to Rep. Robert Goodlatte of Virginia, the Judiciary Committee's Republican chairman. "Goodlatte took particular aim at former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James B. Comey, asking for a second special counsel to evaluate the leaks he directed about his conversations with President Trump, among other things".
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered senior federal prosecutors to evaluate whether a special counsel should be appointed to investigate concerns raised by Republicans, including alleged unlawful dealings by the Clinton Foundation and the sale of a uranium company, according to a document obtained Monday by NBC News.
Yet he recused himself in March from overseeing the Justice Department's investigation into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin after acknowledging two previously undisclosed encounters with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
"Hopefully they are doing something and at some point, maybe we are going to all have it out", Trump said.
Sessions, an early Trump backer who led a foreign policy advisory council during the campaign, has been shadowed for months by questions about his own communications with Russians and by contacts of others in the Trump orbit. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), who chairs the House Judiciary Committee.
It looks like Attorney General Jeff Sessions may be taking my advice to appoint at least one more special prosecutor to go after the Democrats, including James Comey and Robert Mueller.
Boyd said he was neither confirming nor denying whether the Justice Department was now investigating any of the matters the letter refers to.
Franken said he expects Sessions will be asked about contact with Russian Federation when he testifies Tuesday before the House panel, and he hopes the attorney general will "answer those questions honestly".
Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores declined to comment Monday.
In asking for a second special counsel in July, Goodlatte wrote that he wanted to "request assistance in restoring public confidence in our nation's justice system and its investigators".
He said the inspector general would consider whether to expand his probe based on the concerns Republican House members raised in their letter.
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