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DOJ prosecutors asking FBI agents to explain Uranium One evidence: report

DOJ prosecutors asking FBI agents to explain Uranium One evidence: report
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Department of Justice officials are asking FBI investigators at Attorney General Jeff Session's request to describe evidence uncovered in an investigation into the sale of a uranium mining company, NBC News reported early Thursday.

A senior Justice Department official told the news outlet that the questions stem from an assistant attorney general's pledge to analyze whether a special counsel is warranted.

The inquiry relates to the 2010 sale of Uranium One, a Canada-based firm with holdings in the U.S., to Rosatom, a Russian state-owned nuclear energy agency.

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpCorker: US must determine responsibility in Saudi journalist's death Five takeaways from testy Heller-Rosen debate in Nevada Dem senator calls for US action after 'preposterous' Saudi explanation MORE and some Republicans have used the deal in an attempt to discredit Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublicans bail on Coffman to invest in Miami seat Katy Perry praises Taylor Swift for diving into politics Election Countdown: Small-donor donations explode | Russian woman charged with midterm interference | Takeaways from North Dakota Senate debate | O'Rourke gives 'definitive no' to 2020 run | Dems hope Latino voters turn Arizona blue MORE, because the sale occurred when the former Democratic presidential nominee was head of the State Department. Clinton has denied that she was part of the deal’s negotiations.

The sale was subject to approval by a nine-agency panel, which included the State Department. The State Department official who was part of the agency’s approval said Clinton did not interfere in the dealings, NBC News noted.

Trump has used the renewed scrutiny surrounding the deal to push back against the investigation into Russia’s election meddling, including any potential ties between Trump campaign staff members and Moscow.