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 FBI Director James Comey, asking for a second special counsel to evaluate the leaks he directed about his conversations with President Donald Trump, among other things.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., right, talks with Jeff Sessions, who was then a senator and is now attorney general.
The appearance before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday follows a guilty plea from one Trump campaign aide who served on a foreign policy council that Sessions chaired, as well as statements from another adviser who said he'd advised the then-GOP Alabama senator about an upcoming trip to Russian Federation.
WASHINGTON ― Attorney General Jeff Sessions, facing an dissatisfied boss and increased scrutiny over this knowledge of the Trump campaign's dealings with Russian Federation, is weighing whether to appoint a separate special counsel to zero in on allegations against presidential rival Hillary Clinton and other Democrats, a Justice Department official disclosed in a letter to Republican members of Congress on Monday.
Trump has been pushing hard to divert attention from his own investigation that looks increasingly ominous for the president and those around him. It was after Sessions's recusal that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller to lead the investigation into the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
"I have never accused the attorney general of colluding with Russian Federation and i am not doing that now".
House Judiciary Committee Democrats on Tuesday are expected to challenge Attorney General Jeff Sessions' claim that he was not aware of any meetings between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Goodlatte and other House Republicans had sent letters to the Justice Department in July and September featuring a wide-ranging list of 14 allegations against Democrats that Republicans wanted investigated.
On Monday, the head of the Justice Department's legislative affairs office responded to those requests by confirming that "senior federal prosecutors" were "evaluat [ing] certain issues raised in your letters".
He struck a similar note before the Senate Judiciary Committee last month, when he denied knowledge of communications between Russians and Trump campaign officials. "Professionalism, integrity, and public confidence in the Department's work is critical for us, and no priority is higher".