Sen. Judiciary Committee Launches Probe In Russia Corruption Surrounding Uranium Deal

Cheryl Sanders
October 18, 2017

President Trump has used the Uranium One deal to counter allegations people tied to his campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

In an exclusive article Tuesday, The Hill newspaper reported that as early as 2009, Russian operatives had "compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act".

Grassley also highlighted the millions the Clinton Foundation received from "interested parties in the transaction", as well as a $500,000 payment former President Bill Clinton received for a speech in Moscow before a Russian-government aligned bank.

A spokesman for Ms Clinton's presidential campaign told the Times that no one had ever produced "a shred of evidence supporting the theory that Hillary Clinton ever took action as secretary of state to support the interests of donors to the Clinton Foundation".

The decision sparked controversy years later, following a 2015 bombshell report: The New York Times found Moscow had paid millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation at the same time the USA was pondering the Rosatom deal.

The State Department, then run by Hillary Clinton, and a special committee were required to sign off on the deal, since it led to Russian Federation gaining control of one-fifth of US uranium supplies and production.

She said her client possesses "specific allegations that Russian executives made to him about how they facilitated the Obama administration's 2010 approval of the Uranium One deal and sent millions of dollars in Russian nuclear funds to the an entity assisting Bill Clinton's foundation".

'The Russians were compromising American contractors in the nuclear industry with kickbacks and extortion threats, all of which raised legitimate national security concerns.

The Hill on Tuesday revealed a wide-ranging Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into Russian nuclear industry corruption facilitated by an American consultant who worked for Russian energy giant Rosatom's Tenex subsidiary to grow Moscow's uranium business inside the U.S.

The Obama administration potentially knew of corruption at a Russian nuclear supplier years before it agreed to sign over 20 per cent of US's uranium supply to the company, a new report has claimed. This is contradicted by court documents showing evidence of corruption going back to 2009.

Meanwhile the Justice Dept. kept the public and Congress in the dark.

Spokespeople for Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder, and the DOJ did not return The Hill's requests for comment.

Rosenstein "directly supervised the criminal case when he was U.S. Attorney in Maryland, I don't think it would be proper for him to supervise a review of his own conduct, do you?"

Attorney Victoria Toensing, a former Reagan Justice Department official and former chief counsel of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday she is working with members of Congress to see if they can get the Trump Justice Department or the Federal Bureau of Investigation to free her client to talk to lawmakers. "The Russian efforts to manipulate our American political enterprise [are] breathtaking".

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