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Report: Prosecutors question FBI agents about Uranium One on Sessions' orders

Attorney General Jeff Sessions listens to a reporter's question during a news conference in Baltimore, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, to announce efforts to combat the MS-13 street gang with law enforcement and immigration actions. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Following instructions from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Justice Department prosecutors have been interviewing FBI agents on their investigation into a uranium deal linked to Hillary Clinton, NBC News reported Thursday.

Their questions are part of a department probe to aid an assistant attorney general in determining whether a special counsel is needed to investigate the deal, officials told NBC.

Let's break this down.

WHAT IS THE URANIUM ONE DEAL?

The Uranium One deal is a transaction involving the Obama administration and Russia's state atomic energy company.

As then-secretary of state, Hillary Clinton was head of the State Department -- an agency which was instrumental in approving the deal, which was a sale of U.S. uranium mining facilities to Russia.

At the time, rumors of corruption swirled regarding how the sale went down, an official told NBC.

RUMORS OF CORRUPTION?

Some of the parties involved in the deal had donated millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation, The New York Times reported in April 2015.

Clinton and State Department officials say Clinton was not involved in the matter.

However, some Republicans disagree.

SO WHAT NOW?

GOP lawmakers and President Donald Trump say Clinton should be investigated.

Some even say a special counsel is necessary.

And it looks like these FBI interviews may be the first step in appointing one.

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