Jeff Sessions authorizes Justice Department to consider investigating Clinton Foundation

Sessions had pledged to avoid matters related to presidential campaigns.

Sessions is responding to a request to appoint a special counsel sought by Republicans on the committee, the letter reads.

Republicans are raising questions because around the same time, business associates of Uranium One donated millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation.

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.

Sessions faces a divided and deeply partisan House Judiciary Committee today.

Democrats will be seeking answers from the embattled attorney general about his knowledge of Russia-related contacts by Trump campaign officials.