Appointing a second special counsel would be seen as a move to appease President Donald Trump, who has always been critical of Sessions and recently publicly aired his frustrations with the traditional divide between the White House and the Justice Department and his inability to aim the nation's premier law enforcement agency at his political adversaries. Among issues Goodlatte wants investigate are how the Federal Bureau of Investigation handled the probe into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state, several issues involving the Clinton Foundation and multiple matters involving a Russia's nuclear energy agency's purchase of the Canadian mining firm Uranium One.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered Monday federal prosecutors to evaluate if a special counsel should be appointed to investigate Hillary Clinton's dealings concerning her foundation and the sale of USA uranium assets to Russian Federation.
Yet he recused himself in March from overseeing the Justice Department's investigation into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin after acknowledging two previously undisclosed encounters with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
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Boyd said he was neither confirming nor denying whether the Justice Department was now investigating any of the matters the letter refers to.
"I have never accused the attorney general of colluding with Russian Federation and i am not doing that now".
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.
A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment for this article, as did a lawyer for Comey.
The disclosure came in a letter from a top Justice Department official to Rep. 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.
In a letter to the House Judiciary Committee, which is holding an oversight hearing Tuesday, the Justice Department said Sessions had directed senior federal prosecutors to "evaluate certain issues" raised by Republican lawmakers.
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.
"We will conduct this evaluation according to the highest standards of justice", he wrote.
Monday's letter comes after public criticisms of the Justice Department's focus from Trump, who has bemoaned the fact that he can't give direction to the agency.