Sessions to testify at hearing amid Russian Federation scrutiny FBI can't unlock Texas shooter's phone MORE is considering naming a special counsel to lead a Justice Department investigation into a list of matters that involve Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP rushes to cut ties to Moore Papadopoulos was in regular contact with Stephen Miller, helped edit Trump speech: report Bannon jokes Clinton got her "ass kicked" in 2016 election MORE, according to a Monday letter the Justice Department sent to the House Judiciary Committee.
Special counsel Robert Mueller is now probing Russian meddling in the 2016 election, which, at least publicly, has focused on hacks into Democratic National Committee emails and meetings between Trump campaign officials and Russians.
Sessions' relationship with the president has been significantly strained since he recused himself from the investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin to influence the 2016 election.
The letter from Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd did not confirm the existence of any investigation, and did not guarantee that the prosecutors' evaluation would lead to any investigations.
Boyd said he was neither confirming nor denying whether the Justice Department was now investigating any of the matters the letter refers to.
In that context, the letter is likely to be seen by some, especially on the left, as Sessions' inappropriately bending to political pressure, possibly to save his job.
Representative Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, said five congressional committees, including the oversight panel, had investigated the deal and "identified no evidence to substantiate allegations that Secretary Clinton orchestrated, manipulated, or otherwise coerced" the interagency committee to approve the deal.
In asking for a second special counsel in July, Goodlatte wrote that he wanted to "request assistance in restoring public confidence in our nation's justice system and its investigators".
The DOJ will reportedly wait for a review to be completed by the inspector general before deciding what "additional steps" may need to be taken regarding the Uranium One case.