FBI Uncovered Russian Bribery Plot Before Obama Approved Uranium One Deal, Netting Clintons Millions

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As the mainstream media continues to obsess over $100,000 worth Facebook ads allegedly purchased by Russian spies in 2016 seeking to throw the presidential election, we're almost certain they'll ignore the much larger Russian bombshell dropped today in the form of newly released FBI documents that reveal for the very first time that the Obama administration was well aware of illegal bribery, extortion and money laundering schemes being conducted by the Russians to get a foothold in the atomic energy business in the U.S. before approving a deal that handed them 20% of America's uranium reserves...and resulted in a windfall of donations to the Clinton Foundation.

As we pointed out last summer when Peter Schweizer first released his feature documentary Clinton Cash, the Uranium One deal, as approved by the Obama Administration, netted the Clintons and their Clinton Foundation millions of dollars in donations and 'speaking fees' from Uranium One shareholders and other Russian entities.

Russian Purchase of US Uranium Assets in Return for $145mm in Contributions to the Clinton Foundation - Bill and Hillary Clinton assisted a Canadian financier, Frank Giustra, and his company, Uranium One, in the acquisition of uranium mining concessions in Kazakhstan and the United States.  Subsequently, the Russian government sought to purchase Uranium One but required approval from the Obama administration given the strategic importance of the uranium assets.  In the run-up to the approval of the deal by the State Department, nine shareholders of Uranium One just happened to make $145mm in donations to the Clinton Foundation.  Moreover, the New Yorker confirmed that Bill Clinton received $500,000 in speaking fees from a Russian investment bank, with ties to the Kremlin, around the same time.  Needless to say, the State Department approved the deal giving Russia ownership of 20% of U.S. uranium assets 

Now, thanks to newly released affidavits from a case that landed one of the Russian co-conspirators, Vadim Mikerin, in jail, we learn that not only was the Obama administration aware the Russians' illegal acts in the U.S. but it may have also been fully aware that "Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow."  Per The Hill:

Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.

 

Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show.

 

They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.

Clinton Cash

Of course, when Schweizer's book first made Uranium One a political hot topic in 2015, both the Obama administration and the Clintons defended their actions and insisted there was no evidence that any Russians or donors engaged in wrongdoing and there was no national security reason for anyone to oppose the deal.  That said, we now know that the FBI was aware of wrongdoing going back to at least April 2009 even though the deal wasn't approved until October 2010.

But FBI, Energy Department and court documents reviewed by The Hill show the FBI in fact had gathered substantial evidence well before the committee’s decision that Vadim Mikerin — the main Russian overseeing Putin’s nuclear expansion inside the United States — was engaged in wrongdoing starting in 2009.

 

The first decision occurred in October 2010, when the State Department and government agencies on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States unanimously approved the partial sale of Canadian mining company Uranium One to the Russian nuclear giant Rosatom, giving Moscow control of more than 20 percent of America’s uranium supply.

 

In 2011, the administration gave approval for Rosatom’s Tenex subsidiary to sell commercial uranium to U.S. nuclear power plants in a partnership with the United States Enrichment Corp. Before then, Tenex had been limited to selling U.S. nuclear power plants reprocessed uranium recovered from dismantled Soviet nuclear weapons under the 1990s Megatons to Megawatts peace program.

And guess who ran the FBI's investigation into this particular Russian plot?  As The Hill notes, the Mikerin probe began in 2009 under Robert Mueller, now the special counsel in charge of the Trump case, and ended in late 2015 under the controversial, former FBI Director James Comey who was relieved of his duties by President Trump.

Ironically, when the DOJ finally arrested Mikerin in 2014, following 5 years of investigations in a massive international bribery and money-laundering scheme, rather than publicly celebrate, they seemingly swept it under the rug.  In fact, there was no public release concerning the case at all until a full year later when the DOJ announced a plea deal with Mikerin right before labor day.

Bringing down a major Russian nuclear corruption scheme that had both compromised a sensitive uranium transportation asset inside the U.S. and facilitated international money laundering would seem a major feather in any law enforcement agency’s cap.

 

But the Justice Department and FBI took little credit in 2014 when Mikerin, the Russian financier and the trucking firm executives were arrested and charged.

 

The only public statement occurred an entire year later when the Justice Department put out a little-noticed press release in August 2015, just days before Labor Day. The release noted that the various defendants had reached plea deals.

 

By that time, the criminal cases against Mikerin had been narrowed to a single charge of money laundering for a scheme that officials admitted stretched from 2004 to 2014. And though agents had evidence of criminal wrongdoing they collected since at least 2009, federal prosecutors only cited in the plea agreement a handful of transactions that occurred in 2011 and 2012, well after the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States’s approval.

 

The final court case also made no mention of any connection to the influence peddling conversations the FBI undercover informant witnessed about the Russian nuclear officials trying to ingratiate themselves with the Clintons even though agents had gathered documents showing the transmission of millions of dollars from Russia’s nuclear industry to an American entity that had provided assistance to Bill Clinton’s foundation, sources confirmed to The Hill.

Perhaps this is what the "most transparent" President in history meant when he told Medvedev that he would have "more flexibility" after his 2012 election.

 

Below are the affidavits released today:

 

 

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lester1's picture

Obama and Hillary should both be in jail.

Mercury's picture

As the mainstream media continues to obsess over $100,000 worth Facebook ads allegedly purchased by Russian spies in 2016...

 

So fucking what? 

What, George Soros' much greater "meddling in our democracy" is OK?

HenryKissingerZuckerberg's picture

at this point, what difference does it make  Hillary Rodham Clinton

this is so 2016

Ghost of Porky's picture

But..but..Russia hacked Pokemon Go!

Au_Ag_CuPbCu's picture

Our politicians are for sale...who knew?

IH8OBAMA's picture

Sessions, please prosecute Obama, Hillary, Lynch, Holder, et al immediately for their corruption against America!!!  And grab those millions in bribes Bill Clinton got from the Russians.

This is just unconscionable!

 

macholatte's picture

 

Think about it for just one minute......
Trump was an unknown.
Clinton’s were for sale.

Who would you support for POTUS?

 

LOCK HIM UP!

    LOCK HER UP!

        LOCK THEM UP!

 

Ghost of PartysOver's picture

Will Meuller be investigating himself along with all the others.  Just axin the quesion.

Manthong's picture

 

If you shit all over everything everywhere, sooner or later somebody is going to smell it and say it is time to get the industrial cleaners in to hose out the joint.

.. with lots of disinfectant .

janus's picture

first it was calm, now comes the storm.

just the beginning, ZHealots.

poor-poor hillary...thought she'd launch a purple revolution and ended up in orange.

 

MagicHandPuppet's picture

Who, exactly, in the Ef Bee Eye received bribes to look the other way and bury the evidence?

peippe's picture

'excellent care from your excellent health service'....

um, yeah, you get some surgical tape & bind the broken toe to it's neighbors to the left & right you stoopid cunt.

maybe 8 euros for the tape & the rest is common sense. such a douche.  

I can't be the only one who want to bury a 'surgical boot' in one or all of her orifices.

Manthong's picture

 

the smelly twat should have been up 50 points by now.

3LockBox's picture

Do nothing Sessions needs to act or get the axe.

nunyabidnez's picture

I don't think they're investigating anything, just funneling money to somewhere/ someone, all whilst they claim the investigation is costing millions. There is so much corruption it's just plain beyond belief, and I'm so f'n tired of it....so many should be in jail.

weburke's picture

that showdown over that oregon bundy or whatever, THAT is about minerals on the land also.

red_pill's picture

That was about uranium rights on that mountain..https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2016/01/27/the-clintons-is-the-oregon... This article was written BEFORE the Hammond stand off started.

Sudden Debt's picture

I'm guessing that the best defence is offense in this case.

 

They started all that Russian BS because Obama and Hillary did some nasty shit with the Russians.

Obama sold out to the Russians bigtime and Hillary is super connected to the Russian oliarchy.

 

And with all the attack on Trump over Russia, Trump doesn't dare to touch the subject of the Russian connection to Obama and the Clinton crime syndicate.

WTFRLY's picture

JOOMINATI OPERATORS IN THE OPEN. FIRE!

LibertarianMenace's picture

The real force behind ALL of this.

kernel_panic's picture

Don't you think if they had something on those folk, we'd have seen indictments?   

Demologos's picture

"They" are twisting their necks into pretzels trying to look the other way.

Gardentoolnumber5's picture

The IRS is politicized, the FBI is politicized, unless there is an R in the cross-hairs it either didn't happen or is swept under the rug with little or no attention paid.

Giant Meteor's picture

Surely you jest !

You see, the way this goes is, people in power, have shit on lot's of other folks in positions of power, who then in turn have shit on even MORE folks in positions of power ,, in short, a veritable circle jerking vipers clusterfuck of biblical proportions. We are there ...

Bribes, corruption murder, back scratching, nepotism, and let us not forget the kiddie didlers. The  debauched,  garden variety sociopaths, political hacks, bankers, wankers, pick pockets, shills, charlatans and the Elmer Gantry's  .. The entertainers, media sycophants, the souless, and morally bankrupt. The apathetic, , the not my government pension gang, and every other day garden variety sellout of every known   .. ahhhhh, did I mention "law enforcement!?" Law enforcement is for the little people, and yes it's true, sometimes bigger people who fall out of favor (forgot their payoff money.)

Well, as you can see, after awhile, most EVERYONE is in some way, shape or form, to some varying degree, in on the con ..

But I digress ..

NoVa's picture

how much was Oblamo's cut?

 

FoggyWorld's picture

He got the blue prints from the Clintons:  Library, Foundation, biig buck speechs and books for both.

Scrutin-eyes's picture

The same as Hil-LIAR-ee's

garcam123's picture

Dagnabbit!  Can't you'll see I'm busy chasin POTHEADS!  I'm gonna git dem crimnals!

rosiescenario's picture

...and from all the reports coming in, Judicial Watch is having as much trouble under Trump getting documents from both the FBI and DOJ.

Sessions appears to be a really stupid appointment for anyone advertising they wish to drain the swamp....either he is complicit with this or he is incompetent....you choose.

rosiescenario's picture

...and from all the reports coming in, Judicial Watch is having as much trouble under Trump getting documents from both the FBI and DOJ.

Sessions appears to be a really stupid appointment for anyone advertising they wish to drain the swamp....either he is complicit with this or he is incompetent....you choose.

Blankenstein's picture

Maybe this is what Trump meant when he said something big was coming.  

And it could also explain why the MSM have been pushing the Harvey story so hard.  He groped some actresses 20 years ago and it was no secret to many in Hollywood and beyond, yet it is now presented as a huge bombshell revelation and a lead story for days.  BS

Uncle_Cuddles's picture

The only thing Sessions is gonna do is fluff up his pillow and go back to sleep.

Butifldrm's picture

Yes, It’s called Treason!

Al Gophilia's picture

That little fucking rat Alabama Ninja is once again missing in action. Where The Fuck's Jeff?

WTFJ?

Four chan's picture

hannity crushed it last night today media black out. 

FAKE NEWS IS OVER.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTRFhMPumyI

Muddy1's picture

So what else did the FBI uncover that they did nothing about?  9 11?

VoteSmarts's picture

The youtube link is *somewhat lacking: sub-standard command of English pronunciation, little to no inflection, simply reading from a page whilst showing it large enough for a viewer to read it more quickly than the youtuber does, no attempt to advance a potentially unifying theme...

The second link is disjointed at best, which troubles the logical mind for unjumbled content.

 

Bastiat's picture

The did plenty about 9-11 - they sent plenty of evidence down the memory hole.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Note the clever use of anti-Putin propaganda used in the article from The Hill:

bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States

and

overseeing Putin’s nuclear expansion inside the United States

Attributing personal ownership of the state-owned corporation Rosatom to the Russian president is rather cheap propaganda. What makes it even cheaper is not bothering to check who the Russian president was during 2009 and 2010, the years during which the events in question happened.

Hint: it was not Vladimir Putin.