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Grassley Welcomes News of Uranium One, Clinton Foundation Investigation

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By    |   Tuesday, 14 November 2017 08:57 AM

Reports that federal prosecutors are evaluating the Uranium One deal and ties to the Clinton Foundation are good news, Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley, who has been calling for a special counsel to investigate the matter, said Tuesday.

"The reason that I asked for special counsel is because the extent to which [Robert] Mueller was head of the FBI at the time of the Uranium One stuff and he's special counsel in the Trump-Russia investigation," the Iowa Republican told Fox News' "Fox and Friends" program.

"I suggested that maybe another special counsel would bring about more Independence and more credibility to the investigation."

However, if the investigation is being conducted by Justice Department members and by people who had nothing to do with the matter at the time or who weren't close to the FBI or Justice Department leaders at that time, Grassley said he's fine with them and not a special counsel investigating the deal.

On Monday, The Washington Post reported Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered senior federal prosecutors to investigate several GOP concerns, including the Clinton Foundation and the sale of Uranium One to Russia, and that he's considering appointing a special counsel in the investigation.

The news, based on a letter obtained by The Post, came while the Justice Department was responding to questions from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia, who like Grassley has been calling for a special counsel.

The investigation would take a closer look at how the FBI handled 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server and former FBI Director James Comey's leaks about conversations he'd had with President Donald Trump, The Post reported.

Grassley Tuesday denied that his call for further investigation is about Clinton herself or about Trump.

"What all this is about is political interference within the Justice Department," he said. "Is there  political interference in the FBI? That's the issue. And it doesn't matter whether there is political influence under Republican presidents or under Democrat presidents. It's the responsibility of the Judiciary Committee to investigate it."

He added that there is some evidence of interference, pointing at former President Bill Clinton's tarmac meeting with then-attorney Loretta Lynch, and with Comey "assuming prosecutorial decision from the attorney general in regard to whether Clinton ought to be investigated and charged with anything."

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Reports that federal prosecutors are evaluating the Uranium One deal and ties to the Clinton Foundation are good news, Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley, who has been calling for a special counsel to investigate the matter, said Tuesday.
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