Republicans in the Congress moved on Tuesday to launch a pair of new investigations of actions in the Obama Administration, focusing first on a uranium deal with a Russian company and ties to the Clinton Foundation, and also starting a probe to fully review FBI actions during 2016 about the agency handled the investigation into the emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-California, told reporters his panel has "been looking into this for some time", with key committee member Rep. Peter King, R-NY, explaining how the deal was being examined as far back as 2010, reports The Washington Post.
The Justice Department has not yet responded to CNN's request for comment. "Our job is to get the facts. and we're going to do just that".
The joint investigation by the two panels is now the second congressional inquiry into the FBI's handling of the Clinton investigation.
Clinton was not mentioned during the press conference as part of the Russian Federation investigation. The 2010 deal required approval from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States - which included input from the State Department, then overseen by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The chairmen said in a statement Tuesday they have several questions, including why then-FBI Director James Comey chose to publicly announce the investigation into Hillary Clinton's handling of classified information but not to publicly announce the investigation into Donald Trump's campaign associates. "This is more about uranium and whether or not government functioned properly or not", Nunes said.
Nunes announced his new probe days after Fusion GPS - the firm behind the explosive Steele dossier - accused him of going back on his April decision to step away from the Russian Federation investigation.
"Never before has a political party been so sad that it won the White House and so desperate for the other party to be President", Jesse Ferguson tweeted, in response to news of the new investigation. On Monday, Clinton called GOP concerns about the deal "baloney".
The line of attack was renewed recently after the Hill reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had found "substantial evidence" that Russian officials engaged in "bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering created to grow Vladimir Putin's atomic energy business inside the United States" before the Obama administration gave the deal the go-ahead.