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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south40_dreams's picture

The Clinton Foundation is the most brazen example of corruption in American history.

TheLastTrump's picture

yeah Teapot Dome my ass

 

 

she makes them look like bums picking up pennies off the sidewalk

Everybodys All American's picture

The Rosenberg spys were prosecuted for less of a crime than what the Clintons have currently gotten away with on the US citizenry.

south40_dreams's picture

Hillary is the past present and future face of the democrat party. She's also a traitor for profit.

TheLastTrump's picture

She learned from Bill what's possible by watching him sell America out to the ChiComs.

 

 

Everyone in the rust belt owes both the Clintons an ass kicking.

aelfheld's picture

The real emoluments clause violation.

hedgefunddartthrower's picture

Hillary and Bubba have done things that would even make John Corzine blush...

Jack Offelday's picture

Apparently, the Russians did do it.

arby63's picture

Of course they did. So would every other country. The problem isn't with "other countries" per se; it's with OUR CORRUPT elected and appointed officials.

I don't blame any country for giving a business deal a good shot. That's what makes the world go round no? 

The bigger issue is the Clinton cabal. 

Archive_file's picture

Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's...

Archive_file's picture

The spice must flow.

Mike Masr's picture

WHEN YOU ARE DEEP STATE CONNECTED YOU DON'T LET US LAWS CRAMP YOUR STYLE!

Hillary could murder an infant on video, and drink it's blood. Then with video still rolling chop it into pieces and cook it stove top. She could eat it on video with a side of fava beans and a nice chianti and even burp and she wouldn't spend one fucking hour in jail.

This dirty, evil, crooked cunt wouldn't even be prosecuted! 

Move along as nothing is going to happen. The Clinton's deep-state cronies have already castrated Sessions!

Dickweed Wang's picture

If someone "important" doesn't end up doing hard time for this bullshit then it's time for a violent revolution in the USA. Enough is enough . . . 

bankbob's picture

Apparently the FBI was documenting the Russian bribery before the Clinton's got involved.  After Bill and Hillary got involved - prosecution went out the window.

RLE's picture

I agree that someone/several person should go to jail..but volient revoution is not the answer...bone heads that even think that are just plain suicidal...it is not a volietn revoloution that is going to solve anything or take back this country...do you think you can beat the military...NO that is thier game...our game should be to just sit down where we are and not go to work or do anything to help the system...Gandhi took a entire country from the Bristis smply buy not falling into that trap...stop doing anything an ina week or two we get rid of the crimimal enterprise called the government...they only can function if we do the work and run the system...they cannot do anything without us...no volience thank you.

GreatUncle's picture

Because you are prepared to negotiate you will lose ... that is the way this elite / serf diplomacy works.

Unless it is a violent reaction against them they will continue although as per recent political party conference in the UK they made the serfs pay for the 500 armed bodyguards with shooters.

Now if you want to go to jail on some trumped up offence in your own country do start protesting ... if they thought protests would change anything then they would be banned just like voting. They ain't because it makes you think something will change and like a vote they will also ignore it.

Notice how politicans wave pretending it is all good when everybody is booing them?

I would now never vote or protest because both are futile changes nothing.

Them fearing violent retribution changes everything and the best at violent reactionary actions are the French and look what they did when the elite went to far before.

Anyway I am a slave so I can say this ... I don't care if somebody shoots one of them as it makes no difference to my position in this world does it?

Dickweed Wang's picture

 . . . it makes no difference to my position in this world does it?

 

Good post!  And no, it doesn't.

arby63's picture

Let me know when someone is in jail.

Goldennutz's picture

Jail?

 

BWWWWAAAAAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

 

Jail is for the little people.

GoldHermit's picture

Sessions is lucky incompetence is not a jailable offense.

FoggyWorld's picture

Then that incompetence should get him removed from that office.

Paul Morphy's picture

So Jeff Sessions...................................the fucking AG pimpernel.

Falconsixone's picture

I dont see a problem with hillary, bill, berry and harry digging the Uranium out with their hooves until dead.

Lostinfortwalton's picture

Well, Hillary was going to give back the Harvey Weinstein donations to the Foundation, but......it has all been spent. On the little people. Doing good.

And she really did fall while RUNNING up the stairs with a cup of coffee. No more passing out and falling for her and being tossed into a van by the big black dude with a syringe. Nosirreee.

 

GreatUncle's picture

Oh she don't fall into the van now ... she falls out of it ... watch her manouvre to get out of the van at Swansea University the other day.

THORAX's picture

The Deep State mocks us at their own risk. 

GoldHermit's picture

More evidence for Sessions to sit on.

Catahoula's picture

Nothing will be done. 

sgorem's picture

Seth Rich knew what was going on........................

Hume's picture

Right.  Cuz Obama was very concerned with doing a favor for the Clintons.

Edit: And check the dates on the affidavits.  2014 and 2015, not 2009.

shadow54's picture

Here are the most shocking details condensed.
This Uranium Sale investigation was directed by U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein, an Obama appointee who now is Trump’s deputy attorney general, and Andrew McCabe, now the deputy FBI director.
It began in 2009 when Robert Mueller was FBI director. It ended in late 2015 under James Comey.  It involved proven bribery, extortion, corruption by Russian influence agents in the USA. It gave Russia control of 20 percent of the USA’s uranium market. It directly connects the Clintons to millions of dollars of payoffs.  It shows the corruption of Obama and his department of Justice which hid this case from Congress.
Most shocking, is Rod Rosenstein, who directed this investigation, heads the Russia-Trump Collusion case, and without consulting anyone, appointed Robert Mueller to head the Trump Russia investigation. Rosenstein, Mueller, Comey, the Obama Administration knew about severe Russia collusion and criminality under the Obama Regime, and even with this Trump Russia investigation going on have never said A Word About It or their Obvious Conflict of Interest.
Obviously,  the first step should be the RESIGNATIONS OF ROBERT MUELLER, ROD ROSENSTEIN AND ANDREW MCCABE.

TheLastTrump's picture

"Obviously,  the first step should be the RESIGNATIONS OF ROBERT MUELLER, ROD ROSENSTEIN AND ANDREW MCCABE."

 

 

Hear hear.

 

First one of Hilary's pillars of support in the Hollywood/media world disintegrates before us all....now a week later Hilary is under attack.

 

Coincidence? I don't fucking think so.

FoggyWorld's picture

Sessions has to go, too.  He told Jason Chaffetz that he would not look into any transgressions made by the previous administration.

So he either goes or Trump will go down in history as an enabler which in this case would almost make him a co-conspirator.

Swamp Yankee's picture

Yawn.

 

Jeff Sessions fell asleep in his oatmeal and nothing will come of this.

 

Mmm beer.

guitar187's picture

Nothing will happen.. Republicans own the executive and legislative branches and we still can't bring this criminal to justice.  

Who you going to call when the DOJ and FBI report to a guy like Trump and we still can't hold her accountable.  We're just like every other conuntry in the world with a corrupt government and a population that doesn't trust or believe anything they say.

south40_dreams's picture

The MSM is screaming their bias by their ignoring this story

Extra Oink's picture

Yeah, they'd rather sacrifice all of Hollywood than Hillary.

J Mahoney's picture

3 things are sure in life:

Death

Taxes

Clinton and Obama pocketed millions on this and the mainstream media will ignore this story

Blazing in BC's picture

Hillary just got shanked.

Heroic Couplet's picture

Obama and Clinton are no longer Presidents. Now let's look at Trump's Russian risk: simply put, he has deals in Russia. While Trump might have had the best intentions, Russians are known for corruption. They might have criminal activities ongoing, and, by association, Trump is a criminal. That's Trump's risk. 

Extra Oink's picture

I get the feeling, especially since Hillary is cranking up the sick victim ruse, that Trump, e tall, is just waiting for Hillary to stroke out. Me, I haven't the patience. Prosecute her flabby fat ass already.

FoggyWorld's picture

A broken toe doesn't cut it and the principles here are profound. If Trump doesn't remove Sessions, after this he will be lucky to make it through one term.  We have a system of Justice that says equal treatment of all.

There just can be no respect for Trump at all if he doesn't defend and protect this country.

Sudden Debt's picture

Why isn't Trump going after her?

And why does he hide it with stupid other comments about Russia?

 

If they wanted to know the truth, they would already have had it.

Or Trump is in on it just like Obama and the Clintons...

or the American secret service and FBI are plain retarted...

GreatUncle's picture

They already have the truth ... can't use it the corruption is 100% so takes the whole lot down and nothing is exempt.

Hence nothing happens ... until the day it all collapses.

Idaho potato head's picture

"until the day it all collapses" it's looking more and more that is the best we can hope for. It's going to be ugly for the whole country.

Robert A. Heinlein's picture

Just imagine for a moment that instead of the name clinton, insert one of the following:  Bush, Reagan, Bush ll or Trump.  Thought so, there would still be the same reaction in the press. OK, carry on.  

Soph's picture

Trump should be cutting Sessions loose on this, but he of course won't. That would be too much like draining the swamp, and he's already broken that promise.