White House chief of staff calls for
special counsel to probe Democrats
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[October 31, 2017]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House
Chief of Staff John Kelly said on Monday a special counsel should be
appointed to investigate Democrats over a uranium deal during the Obama
administration and a dossier compiled on Donald Trump during the 2016
"I think probably as a layman looking at this kind of thing we need to
find someone who is very, very objective who can get to the bottom of
these accusations," Kelly said in an interview on Fox News.
A special counsel would be appointed by the Justice Department.
Republicans in Congress last week launched an investigation into an
Obama-era deal in which a Russian company bought a Canadian firm that
owned some 20 percent of U.S. uranium supplies.
Some Republicans have said Hillary Clinton's State Department approved
the deal after her husband's charitable foundation received a $145
million donation. The New York Times has reported that Clinton, a
Democrat who lost to Republican Trump in the 2016 election, did not
participate in the decision.
Republicans have also raised questions about whether Democrats funded a
dossier put together during last year's presidential campaign that
detailed accusations about Trump's ties to Russia.
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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly speaks during a daily briefing
at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 19, 2017.
The Washington Post reported last week that Marc Elias, a lawyer for
Clinton, used campaign funds to hire Fusion GPS, the firm behind the
Kelly's call for a special counsel to investigate Democrats comes as
a probe by special counsel Robert Mueller into possible collusion
between the Trump campaign and Russians produced its first charges
and a guilty plea.
A grand jury impaneled by Mueller indicted former Trump campaign
manager Paul Manafort and aide Rick Gates on Monday. A third former
Trump adviser, George Papadopoulos, pleaded guilty in early October
to lying to the FBI, it was announced on Monday.
(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by SImon Cameron-Moore)
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