On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee on Monday night in which he informed them that he authorized senior prosecutors at the Justice Department to evaluate whether allegations regarding the Clinton Foundation and the sale of a uranium company need to be investigated.
The letter was in response to a request to appoint a special counsel by Republicans on the committee.
ABC News obtained a copy of the letter and reports:
Republicans are raising questions because around the same time, business associates of Uranium One donated millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation.
Sessions had pledged to steer clear of Clinton-related investigations, announcing in March that he would recuse himself "from any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way" to Clinton's or Trump's 2016 presidential campaigns.
But in a letter to House Judiciary Chairman Robert Goodlatte, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd writes, "The attorney general has directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues raised in your letters. These senior prosecutors will report directly to the attorney general and the 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."
Goodlatte had also raised questions about the handling of the Clinton email investigation.
Boyd informed Goodlatte that the Department of Justice forwarded a copy of the letter to the department's inspector general, which is investigating former FBI Director James Comey's and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch's handling of the matter.