The Republican chairmen of two House committees announced Tuesday they are opening an investigation into the decisions made by the Justice Department during last year's presidential election.
"We're not going to jump to any conclusions at this time", Nunes said.
The California Republican told reporters Tuesday that the new investigation was separate from the Russian Federation probe into election meddling.
Minutes later Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and a prominent Trump defender, announced an examination of the uranium story. Since uranium is considered strategically important, the USA government and several of its agencies had to sign off on the deal, which they did.
Northeast Florida Congressman Ron DeSantis sits on the House Oversight Committee, which is conducting a joint investigation along with the House Intelligence Committee. "Me and President Obama, we are the ones they like to put in the crosshairs", Clinton said.
Panel leaders also promised to look into other aspects of the FBI's timeline in deciding when to make key decisions and announcements regarding the Clinton investigation, including when the agency notified Congress about its status.
Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, announced the investigation into the deal at a news conference Tuesday.
The Hill reported last week that before the sale was approved, the Federal Bureau of Investigation had evidence indicating that Russian officials had "routed millions of dollars to the U.S. created to benefit" the Clinton Foundation, and that the Obama administration approved the deal even though the Federal Bureau of Investigation had evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery and extortion "designed to grow Vladimir Putin's atomic energy business inside the United States". "Ten months into the Trump Administration and House Republicans still have not held a single substantive oversight hearing on clear abuses by the President or his top aides". That approval has sparked controversy in part because of donations between 2009 and 2013 to the Clinton Foundation from people related to Uranium One.
The Washington Post's fact checker reported a year ago that although the State Department was one of several agencies that would have been able to approve the 2010 deal, "there is no evidence Clinton herself got involved in the deal personally, and it is highly questionable that this deal even rose to the level of the secretary of state".
"The current Russian Federation investigation is about the election", Nunes told reporters.
The move came after a news article revealed last week that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been investigating the Uranium One-Rosatom deal in 2013 as part of an effort by Moscow to gain influence in the United States nuclear industry, in part by paying bribes. Committee chairman, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions with a request for the DOJ to lift a "gag order" on an Federal Bureau of Investigation informant who was reportedly instrumental in uncovering the corruption.