Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering appointing a second special counsel to investigate a range of concerns from Republicans, according to The Washington Post.
The Post on Monday reported that Sessions has directed senior federal prosecutors to examine at lease some of the issues and report back to him and his top deputy.
The topics include several items linked to Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.
The list features the FBI’s handling of the probe into Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of State.
The roster also mentions various dealings by the Clinton Foundation, and several points related to the purchase of Uranium One.
Uranium One is a Canadian mining company that was purchased by Russia’s nuclear energy agency in 2010.
The sale was approved during former President Barack Obama’s administration while Clinton led the State Department.
The revelation about Sessions’ move came in a Department of Justice (DOJ) response to an inquiry from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA).
Goodlatte last July – and again last September – urged Sessions to appoint a second special counsel to examine concerns he had tied to the 2016 presidential election and its outcome.
The Republican particularly focused on former FBI Director James Comey, demanding that a second special counsel evaluate the leaks he directed about his talks with President Trump.
Assistant Attorney General Stephen E. Boyd wrote a response to Goodlatte stating that Sessions had “directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues raised in your letters.”
“[The 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,” the letter obtained by The Post adds.
Trump earlier this month told reporters that the DOJ “should be looking at the Democrats” before adding that is among the people “disappointed” by the agency’s operations.
The president has also repeatedly criticized Robert Mueller, the special counsel tasked with probing Russia’s meddling in the 2016 race.
Mueller’s investigation includes potential collusion between Trump’s election campaign and Russia.
Trump has repeatedly called the probe a “witch hunt” against his and his administration’s officials.