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

Tyler Durden's picture

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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undertow1141's picture

Shhhh pay no attention to Dmitry.

Brandon781's picture

Why the big hard-on for an autocrat?

Yog Soggoth's picture

Sure does explain to the tards out there where the real Russian collusion is, even if is just Russian speaking businessmen who happen to have had illegal negotiations with the doomed Dems from the past. Hard to pin that on Trump, but Hillary's fingerprints are all over that matryoshka failure.

JimmyJones's picture

OK Sessions either do something or resign.  I am hoping for resignation at this point.  You are either lazy or incompetent or compromised.

tmosley's picture

The unfortunate fact of the situation is that we don't get to see what is actually going on. Federal investigations can take three years or more to complete, and they aren't going to talk about them, and often they won't even admit to the existance of such investigations until after arrests have been made.

Doing nothing and doing a lot will look the same to any outsider.

Grumbleduke's picture

so they're still on the Kennedy assassination, I presume? Man, those guys are thorough!

Yog Soggoth's picture

You can't shut down an investigation like that until all are dead and the other evidence is gone. Still there is evidence 

The Knights of the Golden Circle: John Wilkes Booth-Act One   I stumbled into that when I was researching the KGC's connection to Jesse James lost treasure in connection with Albert Pike. A local man was still guarding a treasure and claimed to be the caretaker of said treasure by paternal order for the KGC in the vicinity of Mena, Arkansas. Clinton Bush, Mena, that is. He would dissapear into the hills for days, with only his mule as companion, and come back to town with gold to pay for his purchases.  Arkansas stole 10 miles up and down the western border by intentional surveying mistakes because it was indian territory at the time, so that puts the find possibly in Ok now. iIf you google map the area the entire West of the border has been clear cut possibly to make sattelite penetration easier while stealing mineral rights and selling quality timber for a handsome profit. I know more and I ain't telling.
garcam123's picture

All of the above.....I also think he is gay........he looks and acts gay........probably get with lindsey and mcshitstain suckin dick!

Al Gophilia's picture

Well ......Recussssssse ......... Mmmeee!!

The Alabama Ninja wishes not to be seen. He's too close to the Clintons.

Al Gophilia's picture

Well ......Recussssssse ......... Mmmeee!!

The Alabama Ninja wishes not to be seen. He's too close to the Clintons.

ali-ali-al-qomfri's picture

Hank Johnson's gonna flip when he hears this.

Endgame Napoleon's picture

None of the TV MSM know. They did not report it during the campaign season in any volume, and they are not going to report it in any significant way now. Today, a leggy MSM expert gave a tidbit-sized morsel of coverage to the brave, anti-corruption journalist who was blown to bits in Malta, indicating that our MSM in the USA is as brave. Then it was back to the wall-to-wall coverage of the salacious Harvey Weinstein Hollywood sex scandal, providing all of the juicy details from 30 years ago, tabloid-style.

Ratings...ratings....

TheDude1224's picture

"Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in".

On a serious note, does anyone with any power actually care anymore? Is there anyone out there that is going to take all of this evidence and do something with it, or is this just going to remain ZH anti-RHC porn? 

NoDebt's picture

@theDude1224-  Easy, son.  No, nobody's going to do anything with this mountain of evidence.  Sorry.  But it could be worse.  She could be in the WH right now.  Count your blessings.

 

Endgame Napoleon's picture

Unfortunately, it is not just them. The whole system of globalism is too tempting for most politicians. So much money is being made off of a shadowy globalism in an otherwise stagnant economy; that would be tempting for anyone. Combine absolute power with that temptation, and you have a situation of general corruption. Wealth is so concentrated at the top that power is more and more absolute, undermining the whole concept of a Republic. The politicians and the globalist, multinational lobbyists that fund them have absolute power.

Ghost of Porky's picture

Jeff Sessions daily schedule for 10/17/2017:

11:00am: Wake up

11:30am: Breakfast (oatmeal, orange juice w/metamucil)

12:00pm: Nap time

02:00pm: Watch "The Price is Right"

03:00pm: Skype w/grandkids

04:00pm: Bath time

05:00pm: Dinner (oatmeal, orange juice w/metamucil, jello)

05:30pm: Meds

06:00pm: Bedtime

Mike Masr's picture

That's hysterical Ghost of Porky!!!

TheDude1224's picture

This may be one of the best schedules I have ever seen! I'm not sure how he fits in poop time though for all that metamucil. Hilarious!

Endgame Napoleon's picture

Swamp Congress Schedule

8:00 am ~ Watch MSM while eating an omelet, made with a $3 organic egg;

8:15 am ~ Put on your $2,000 suit with the cheesy, red/white/blue, polkadot tie, signifying that you are a man of the people who is close to the heart of “working families” and the common man;

8:30 am ~ Email new-college-grad staffer, making $20k, with her expensive DC apartment funded by affluent parents, telling her to answer your emails;

9:00 am ~ Meet with a lobbyist from a multinational company with a lot of offshored, low-wage jobs in dictatorial foreign countries for a second, complimentary breakfast at a fancy DC restaurant;

11:00 am ~ Drop in to your office for a photo op with a favorable publication, telling a sycophantic reporter how much you love mommas, babies, families and “working families;”

12:00 noon ~ Go to a complimentary lunch with a lobbyist from a big meat-processing company, which employs a lot of illegal aliens who can afford to work for a pittance due to free rent, free EBT groceries and Child Tax Credits between $3,337 and $6,269, awarded to them for sex and reproduction after illegal border crossings;

1:00 pm ~ Go to the CEO-grade congressional gym to exercise off all of the lobbyist-provided gourmet food, chatting with other Swamp creatures about babies, grand babies and other work-related topics;

2:00 pm ~ Go to a committee meeting, discussing public policy in an elevated manner, as if it had nothing to do with lobbyists and money for campaigns from lobbyists;

3:30 pm ~ Attend a Family Day Soccer Fest with congressional families, six-figure lobbyists and their families, hosted by a multinational corporation that employs a ton of offshored laborers, working for rock-bottom wages, that is seeking a contract with the federal government;

5:00 pm ~ Go to a complimentary dinner with a seven-figure, high-ranking manager in the financial services industry, a big provider of part-time jobs at $10 per hour for mommas with spousal income that covers their major household bills and welfare mommas who enjoy government-subsidized housing, EBT groceries and $6,269 Child Tax Credits to supplement their low wages;

9:00 pm ~ Go to sleep in preparation for a congressional recess and a 7:00 am flight home to your district, where you will meet with local lobbyists who employ a lot of cheap illegal alien labor, hoping to raise some money for your campaign war chest in your home state;

Two weeks later, 8:00 am ~ Eat a gourmet omelet before commencing another day in the DC Swamp for a grand total of 135 work days per year.

Lumberjack's picture

You missed calling their stock broker about that ‘special’ trade they want executed.

Hal n back's picture

you forgot 30 minutes in the AM and in the PM to reply to e mails saying the DOJ will not further pursue (regardless of the issue)

buttmint's picture

Ghost of Porky...good one, but you forgot

4:35pm Metamucil shooters

HRClinton's picture

You got it all wrong. The guy is a CLOSET PERV: a Leather Chair sniffer.

You do NOT rise to that position, w/o having some deep, dark secrets that can and will be held over you.

Otherwise, if you insist on being a permanent Boy/Goy-Scout, you best go back to your La-La Land and have some more kosher, deep-state Kool-aid(K)(DS) and Goy Scout(K)(DS) cookies.

j0nx's picture

best comment ever. really sad what a dud that guy turned out to be and what a c0ckbl0ck to justice he has become. Even sadder is why trump puts up with it but i guess he was told by the rinos that he would be impeached if he removed him. perfect checkmate to lady justice. gotta hand it to the swamp they are pros at this game.

buttmint's picture

Hillary "...we spent the money already" (on HIV vaccines for poor 3rd world women)

DIE ALREADY HILDABEST, YOU LOONEY BITCH WEARING A PORTA-POTTY UNDER HER OLD LADY GARMENTS!

CheapBastard's picture

Seditious Osama bin Bama and Hillary should be indicted, arrested and thrown into solitary confinement for 30 years.

Too bad McShame can't join them.

 

Hateful McCain slams 'half-baked, spurious nationalism' sweeping US in passionate anti-American hate speech, and then hugs Marxist Joe Biden


https://www.yahoo.com/gma/mccain-slams-half-baked-spurious-nationalism-s...

 

doctor10's picture

Classic Liberal Projection (CLP) -they always accuse the right of exactly that of which they are guilty.

BTW-since when does Fed.Gov continue to pay the salaries and retirements, on We the Peoples behalf, of legal and law "enforcement" "professionals" who have clearly committed professional malpractice and malfeasance?

Killdo's picture

psychopaths everywhere use the same trick as often as possible - itusually works because normal people with conscience find it unbelievable that anyonewoudl try to lie so outrageously. 

Psychopaths are masters of using our biological instincts against us. 

the strategy is becoming more and more obvious the more desparate they get

JRobby's picture

SOP for the Oblivio Administration "destroy the USA every day" doctrine.

Nothing to see here. No prosecutions upcoming. Treason & Tax avoidance is a crime of the poor.

Kayman's picture

"$145mm in Contributions to the Clinton Foundation - Bill and Hillary Clinton assisted a Canadian financier, Frank Giustra,"

Frank Giustra is the bagman for Clinton Cash in Canada.  Anonymous foreign donors, mainly governments, mostly China, bought influence, thru the secret Canadian Clinton-Giustra Charity, while funnelling the secret money to New York.

Either the FBI knows and is not disclosing an ongoing investigation or the FBI needs to get Inspector Clouseau right on it.

BTW- ain't gonna be no Canadian Trade deal until the list of names is handed over. The 300% tariff on Bombardier is just the start of the nut squeeze on Justin until the list arrives.

drendebe10's picture

Ed Klein says bilkybob sexual pedophile predator has the interns do foot massages & wet t shirt contests at his condo & the lying cheating corrupt get outta jail free dried up withered nasty twat wonr stay there. Wutta buncha sewer ratt t urds 

opport.knocks's picture

Unfortunately Georgie Porgie (Soros) is a US citizen, and according to US law (thanks to SC's Citizens United decision) can spend as much as he wants "meddling" in US elections.

The odd thing is that the alleged "Russian meddlers" supposedly come from a country that, according to widespread media reports and government sources, has advanced expertise in money laundering. Yet they chose not to do so in the case of these non-partisan Facebook ads. 

That is the argument to be made to Mr Zuck and his leftist company.

the artist's picture

Fine, Whatever they want...Lock up Zuckerfuck along with Hill and Bill.

chubbar's picture

Hey, OT but great news! They caught the arsonist that started the Sonoma fire. Guess what? He's a fucking illegal alien! Bwahahahahahaha! Those fucking idiots in Sonoma are a sanctuary city in a sanctuary state so they can thank themselves for their homes burning down, fucking retards!!!

This is just RICH! I want every motherfucking asshole libtard that lost a home to look their kids in the eyes and tell them how their fucked up view point on which laws ought to be enforced, resulted in them losing their house.

The dude is claiming to have started the fire to keep warm. It was 78 and sunny when the first trails of smoke were spotted! Ha. I hope the rational citizens of Sonoma, those who understand the dangers of uncontrolled and vetted illegal immigration, can finally talk some sense into the idiots sitting on the county board.

Silversides's picture

Sean Hannity is breaking something on this tonight....sounds big

OverTheHedge's picture

Shameless bit of comment-jumping here: sorry.

The article keeps suggesting that this is Putin's personal involvement, of his personal business interests within the US. Is there actually any evidence of this? Or is" Putin" synonymous with "Russia" which is synonymous with "evil Machiavellian plot"?

Did Putin pay the bribes, or the Russian State, or some Russian companies? I appreciate that it is hard to tell, sometimes, and I freely admit I didn't read all the attached documents, so if the answer is already in there, my apologies.

Mercury's picture

Does it matter?

Why is it OK for George Soros to throw money and resources at US election campaigns but not Putin the private citizen or Putin the head of state?  

Is there any reason to believe that anyone or any entity (including the US) that can exert influence on a foreign election doesn't do so all the time in an effort to benefit themselves?

You want to see what real, big time, foreign influence pay-for-play and collusion looks like in a major US election?...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1996_United_States_campaign_finance_contro...

consider me gone's picture

"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

Russian nuclear officials? Does that answer your question? Also, Putin personally called Bill Clinton and thanked him. I forget where I read that but it was probably here. Could y'all "America Sucks = Russia Good" crowd give it rest. Unless you're Russian, then I understand  your doing what you feel you have to do. Russia is every bit as slimy as the US and vise versa. Yes there is a struggle for world domination and influence. But neither side is particularly angelic. So the whole poor old Russia/St. Putin thing is just fucking nauseating and complete bullshit. So assign the guilt to the US that it deserves, fine. But Russia plays just as damn ugly or uglier.

 This is in no way an endorsement of HC or of our government in general. I think that last administration was comprised of traitors from top to bottom. And Congress is too busy feeding at the trough to care. And Trump? Well, I voted for him because I had no choice but least he's trying to make a difference before this thing collapses under the weight of it's own corruption and incompetence. God bless Trump. I never thought I'd like that loud mouth self promoter but I do.  Why? Because for of all his faults he loves that idealized version of the US we all do. The one that was exceptional and a force for good despite the dirty tricks.

There must be some kind of way out of here, said the Joker to the Thief. +

Brandon781's picture

Why the freaking hard-on for Putin and Russia? A statist is a statist.

consider me gone's picture

Overall, there here are many who sell Russia as saints. That is complete bs. They're as guilty as we are. That's all.  I like Russia. I want to see the succeed. Hell, I even respect Putin in a way though he has more than a few of his own Seth Rich's. At least Putin is working FOR his country rather than against. That's more than I can say for the liberals and RINOs here. BUT, they play hardball too and I just get tired of the bs that they are not as expansionist as the next super-power.  Putin wants the Eastern Euro countries under Russia's control or influence. I can totally understand that from a Russian perspective as the US and the EU tries to expands into Russia's de facto DMZ, Baltics, Ukraine, etc., I don't really blame Russia for feeling threatened. Not to mention they got China to their SE and a shrinking demographic. I truly wish the US and Russia could reach some kind of mutually benefical understanding and cooperation. But on the other hand Russia teams up with Iran, NK, Iran/Syria, China, works with Venezuela socialist thugs. Now there's some real good company there. The Globalists are trying to intergrate the Western Hemishere as fast as they can through financial/demographic globalization/open borders in order to counter percieved Russia/Iran/China, etc. threats. The Russia/Iran/China bloc is similarly trying to integrate the East as a counter to the US/West. China is moving west through Asia and into Africa and even S.A. Assuming this trend continues solidifies on both counts, it starts looking a lot like the prelude to 1984. Endless war, it's what's for dinner.  My point is that EVERYBODY wants to rule the world, not just the U.S./EU/NATO. Okay, may NZ doesn't.

opport.knocks's picture

Short story: Uranium One was a Canadian Company controlled by Canadian Frank Guistra. He and other entities related to Uranium One made huge donations to the Clinton Foundation. Uranium One was sold to the Russian, majority State owned company. Because the company is State owned, Putin must be blamed. And State ownership of natural resources must be defamed, because, well... it is harder for the usual suspects to profit from that. (This is the real reason for defaming Putin/Russia for the past 10 or so years)

Watch the Clinton Cash video,

And then the South Park "blame Canada" bit https://youtu.be/bOR38552MJA

junction's picture

"It's the money, stupid!"  As all these stories about the Clintons swirl, nothing is done.  The new Tom Cruise movie about CIA drug smuggler Barry Seal had to have its title changed from "Mena" to "American Made" to avoid stating the obvious: Arkansas Governor Clinton and his cokehead wife Hillary facilitated the CIA's smuggling of tons of cocaine into the CIA-funded Mena, Arkansas airport. Just like the press cover-up of predator Harvey Weinstein, reporters knew exactly what was going on in Mena and chickened out, refusing to report the truth.  This uranium deal was a sell-out to the highest bidder.  Who knows what other crooked deals the Clinton Crime Family profited from.  Don't expect the New York Times to look into anything that damages Hillary's reputation.

Hugh_Jorgan's picture

"Don't expect the New York Times to look into anything that damages Hillary's reputation."

Or the DOJ!!!