The Department of Justice has reportedly reopened a probe into the controversial Uranium One deal at the behest of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, potentially spelling trouble for then-secretary of state Hillary Clinton for allowing the transfer of U.S. uranium production capacity to Russia.
At its initial stages, the probe is seeing DoJ prosecutors compel FBI agents to clarify the evidence they uncovered while investigating Uranium One that linked the deal to Bill and Hillary Clinton, NBC News reported.
Sessions is reportedly taking this next step into a full investigation into the Uranium One deal after he vowed to Congress last month to determine whether a special counsel would be necessary to fully examine the actions of Clintonâs State Department.
A 2015 New York Times report first revealed how multiple figures close to the 2010 deal â which saw Russia scoop up 20 percent of Americaâs mining facilities by purchasing a Canadian company with uranium-mining stakes in the U.S. â also kicked back millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation. Soon after the ink dried, Bill Clinton received a tidy $500,000 speaking fee from a Russian investment bank linked to the deal.
Hillary Clinton has long denied any wrongdoing in the sale by claiming that she had no role in convincing the State Department to sign off on it.
âAt every turn this storyline has been debunked on the merits,â said Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill. âThis latest iteration is simply more of the right doing Trumpâs bidding for him to distract from his own Russia problems, which are real and a grave threat to our national security.â
President Donald Trump repeatedly blasted his one-time presidential rival as a liar on the campaign trail, depicting the Uranium One scandal as just one of many examples of Clinton corruption.
The newest probe into Uranium One will determine whether Sessions is ultimately advised to open or expand the investigation or whether a special counsel should be appointed, Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Stephen Boyd wrote to House Judiciary Committee Chair Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA).