Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reportedly considering investigating Hillary Clinton. The Washington Post reports that it has obtained a letter that shows Sessions directing some senior federal prosecutors to explore Republican concerns around Clinton and the 2016 election. The letter is a response to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R) who wants the government to probe into a variety of issues that included Clinton's use of a private email server, alleged wrongdoing by her Clinton Foundation and the sale of a uranium company to Russia.
In the communications, Assistant Attorney General Stephen E. Boyd writes that Sessions had “directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues raised in your letters,” and that those prosecutors would “report directly to the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, 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.”
Clinton has been an ongoing focus of President Donald Trump. He has repeatedly criticized the Justice Department for not going after her. During the campaign he often shouted, "Lock her up!" as his rallying cry that she should be imprisoned. He has alleged that she's been involved in criminal activity often and recently said, “Hopefully they are doing something, and at some point, maybe we are going to all have it out."
Although Sessions was confirmed by Trump, the Justice Department and White House operate theoretically as separate entities. The attorney general is appointed by (and answers to) the president but the president is not meant to weigh into—or sway—their investigations.
According to the New York Times, if Sessions or his deputy "authorizes a new investigation of Mrs. Clinton, it would shatter norms established after Watergate that are intended to prevent presidents from using law enforcement agencies against political rivals."
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