The Senate Judiciary Committee has initiated an investigation regarding a Russian nuclear bribery case. The committee members are demanding that the FBI and other federal agencies reveal what they knew, if anything, about Russian agents giving out bribes prior to the Obama Administration in 2010 approving a deal to sell uranium to the Russians.
The Committee Chairman, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) will ask Attorney General Jeff Sessions about this matter during an oversight hearing today. All 10 federal agencies involved in the Russia uranium deal have received requests from Senate Judiciary Committee about their involvement and potential malfeasance.
Sources familiar with the investigation have revealed that Senator Chuck Grassley will also ask for access to potential witnesses who have inside knowledge of the deal and who may be under suspicion of wrong doing. Additionally, Senator Chuck Grassley is not buying Obama’s explanation that there was no basis to block the uranium deal known as Uranium One.
In a letter to the Department of Homeland Security, Senator Grassley said, “I am not convinced by these assurances. The sale of Uranium One resulted in a Russian government takeover of a significant portion of U.S. uranium mining capacity. In light of that fact, very serious questions remain about the basis for the finding that this transaction did not threaten to impair U.S. national security.” The hearing today was intended for other purposes, but Senator Grassley is intent on asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions about the FBI uncovering proof that Russian nuclear officials were involved in a plot consisting of bribes, kick backs, and money laundering with the intent to increase Russian President Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business in America.
The proof, which Senator Grassley is basing his questions on, was ascertained between 2009 and 2010, but Department of Justice officials under the Obama Administration did not bring charges until 2014. In between the time this evidence of corruption was uncovered and charges were filed, President Obama’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) gave approval to Russia’s Rosatom to buy a Canadian mining company called Uranium One. The issue with this is that this sale accounted for 20% of America’s uranium deposits.
President Obama’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) consisted of former Attorney General Eric Holder and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton whose philandering husband, former President Bill Clinton, received millions of dollars in speaking fees and charitable donations to the Clinton Foundation from Russia. This committee also consisted of others with a significant stake in the Uranium One deal.
In a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Senator Grassley said, “It has recently come to the Committee’s attention that employees of Rosatom were involved in a criminal enterprise involving a conspiracy to commit extortion and money laundering during the time of the CFIUS transaction. The fact that Rosatom subsidiaries in the United States were under criminal investigation as a result of a U.S. intelligence operation apparently around the time CFIUS approved the Uranium One/Rosatom transaction raises questions about whether that information factored into CFIUS’ decision to approve the transaction.”
The outcome of today’s hearing will be interesting. Dating all the way back to 2015, Senator Grassley has been questioning the Uranium One deal, the corruption behind it, and why the deal was approved in the midst of a criminal investigation into the company looking to buy 20% of America’s uranium. Despite what was known, Senator Grassley and his committee were told in 2015 that the Uranium One deal was not a national security threat to the United States of America.
The Obama Administration, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and former Attorney General Eric Holder are not exactly known for their transparency and honesty. Looking back, there is the botched Fast & Furious Operation, the assassination of Ambassador Chris Stevens and those Americans who tried to protect him, and the multitude of issues with Hillary Clinton compromising national security with her private email server. Finding out that the aforementioned parties were definitely involved in a scheme to sell out America and our safety is not such a far-fetched idea.
Americans deserve to know the truth, and apparently Senator Grassley and several of his colleagues are the only ones interested in revealing it.