Senate Seeks To Interview FBI Informant Linking Russian Nuclear Bribery Case To Clinton Foundation

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Yesterday we wrote about the FBI's undercover informant in the Russian nuclear bribery scandal who tried to come forward with his story last year but was silenced after being "threatened" by the Obama administration (full summary at the bottom of this post). 

Now it seems as though the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator Chuck Grassley, has finally taken an interest in what "Confidential Source 1" might have to say about Russians, bribes, the Clinton Foundation and the Obama administration's efforts to silence him.  According to Circa, Chuck Grassley has sent a formal letter to the informant's attorney requesting that her client testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley asked the attorney of a former FBI informant Wednesday to allow her client to testify before his committee regarding the FBI's investigation regarding kickbacks and bribery by the Russian state controlled nuclear company that was approved to purchase twenty percent of United States uranium supply in 2010, Circa has learned.

 

In a formal letter, Grassley, an Iowa Republican, asked Victoria Toensing, the lawyer representing the former FBI informant, to allow her client, who says he worked as a voluntary informant for the FBI, to be allowed to testify about the "crucial" eyewitness testimony he provided to the FBI regarding members of the Russian subsidiary and other connected players from 2009 until the FBI's prosecution of the defendants in 2014.

 

"Reporting indicates that “the informant’s work was crucial to the government’s ability to crack a multimillion dollar racketeering scheme by Russian nuclear officials on U.S. soil” and that the scheme involved “bribery, kickbacks, money laundering, and extortion," Grassley states in his letter. "Further, the reporting indicates that your client can testify that 'FBI agents made comments to him suggesting political pressure was exerted during the Justice Department probe' and 'that there was specific evidence that could have scuttled approval of the Uranium One deal.' It appears that your client possesses unique information about the Uranium One/Rosatom transaction and how the Justice Department handled the criminal investigation into the Russian criminal conspiracy."

 

Grassley added that "such information is critical to the Committee’s oversight of the Justice Department and its ongoing inquiry into the manner in which CFIUS approved the transaction. Accordingly, the Committee requests to interview your client."

Grassley

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For those who missed it, below is further background on "Confidential Source 1" from our post yesterday.

While the mainstream media has largely ignored it, the scandal surrounding Russian efforts to acquire 20% of America's uranium reserves, a deal which was ultimately approved by the Obama administration, and more specifically the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) which included Hillary Clinton and Eric Holder, is becoming more problematic for Democrats by the hour. 

As The Hill pointed out earlier this morning, the latest development in this sordid tale revolves around a man that the FBI used as an informant back in 2009 and beyond to build a case against a Russian perpetrator who ultimately admitted to bribery, extortion and money laundering.  The informant, who is so far only known as "Confidential Source 1," says that when he attempted to come forward last year with information that linked the Clinton Foundation directly to the scandal he was promptly silenced by the FBI and the Obama administration.

Working as a confidential witness, the businessman made kickback payments to the Russians with the approval of his FBI handlers and gathered other evidence, the records show.

 

Sources told The Hill the informant's work was crucial to the government's ability to crack a multimillion dollar racketeering scheme by Russian nuclear officials on U.S. soil that involved bribery, kickbacks, money laundering and extortion. In the end, the main Russian executive sent to the U.S. to expand Russian President Vladimir Putin's nuclear business, an executive of an American trucking firm and a Russian financier from New Jersey pled guilty to various crimes in a case that started in 2009 and ended in late 2015.

 

Toensing added her client has had contact from multiple congressional committees seeking information about what he witnessed inside the Russian nuclear industry and has been unable to provide that information because of the NDA.

 

“He can’t disclose anything that he came upon in the course of his work,” she said.

 

The information the client possesses includes 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 U.S. to an entity assisting Bill Clinton's foundation. At the time, Hillary Clinton was serving as secretary of State on the government panel that approved the deal, the lawyer said.

 

It has been previously reported that Bill Clinton accepted $500,000 in Russian speaking fees in 2010 and collected millions more in donations for his foundation from parties with a stake in the Uranium One deal, transactions that both the Clintons and the Obama administration denied had any influence on the approval.

Victoria

In the midst of the new discoveries revealed yesterday about the Uranium One case (see: FBI Uncovered Russian Bribery Plot Before Obama Approved Uranium One Deal, Netting Clintons Millions), "Confidential Source 1" has once again hired an attorney, Victoria Toensing, a former Reagan Justice Department official and former chief counsel of the Senate Intelligence Committee, to get his story out.

Sitting down with The Hill earlier, Toensing said that the last time her client tried to speak out "both his reputation and liberty" were "threatened" by the Obama administration in a effort to force his silence. 

“All of the information about this corruption has not come out,” she said in an interview Tuesday. “And so my client, the same part of my client that made him go into the FBI in the first place, says, 'This is wrong. What should I do about it?'”

 

Toensing said she also possesses memos that recount how the Justice Department last year threatened her client when he attempted to file a lawsuit that could have drawn attention to the Russian corruption during the 2016 presidential race as well as helped him recover some of the money Russians stole from him through kickbacks during the FBI probe.

 

The undercover client witnessed “a lot of bribery going on around the U.S.” but was asked by the FBI to sign a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) that prevents him from revealing what he knows to Congress, Toensing explained.

 

When he tried to bring some of the allegations to light in the lawsuit last year, “the Obama Justice Department threatened him with loss of freedom. They said they would bring a criminal case against him for violating an NDA,” she added.

 

Emails obtained by The Hill show that a civil attorney working with the former undercover witness described the pressure the Justice Department exerted to keep the client from disclosing to a federal court what he knew last summer.

 

“The government was taking a very harsh position that threatened both your reputation and liberty,” the civil lawyer wrote in one email. In another, she added, “As you will recall the gov’t made serious threats sufficient to cause you to withdraw your civil complaint."

As we pointed out last summer when Peter Schweizer first released his feature documentary Clinton Cash, the Uranium One deal at the center of this scandal is believed to have 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 

Meanwhile, the 'journalists' over at CNN are still trying to get to the bottom of exactly who spent the $100,000 on Facebook ads...

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Killtruck's picture

He's dead.

...looks like suicide to me, buutttt....

Shitonya Serfs's picture

Quick...Hollywood, expose another weirdo..pronto!!

Ntoxic8ingWave's picture

Dead men tell no tales. You are more likely to be killed by Clinton than you are by a shark...

JimmyJones's picture

But only if a evil Russian mind control device makes them do it against their will.

SWRichmond's picture

The honorable gentleman who presides told us that, to prevent abuses in our government, we will assemble in Convention, recall our delegated powers, and punish our servants for abusing the trust reposed in them. O sir, we should have fine times, indeed, if, to punish tyrants, it were only sufficient to assemble the people! Did you ever read of any revolution in a nation, brought about by the punishment of those in power, inflicted by those who had no power at all?

Will the oppressor let go the oppressed? Was there ever an instance? Can the annals of mankind exhibit one single example where rulers overcharged with power willingly let go the oppressed, though solicited and requested most earnestly? The application for amendments will therefore be fruitless. Sometimes, the oppressed have got loose by one of those bloody struggles that desolate a country; but a willing relinquishment of power is one of those things which human nature never was, nor ever will be, capable of.

BennyBoy's picture

 

...and nobody ever saw the witness again.

espirit's picture

They're going to have to come up with a whopper to redirect attention away from this one.

Market Collapse?

CWII?

Nork Nuke?

Kartrashian Twins?

Bastiat's picture

Looks like Matt Drudge got a tap on the shoulder -- as of right now, the story is COMPLETELY gone from drudgereport.com.   I'm shocked, honestly.  They must be scared shitless over this one.

Lucretius's picture

Bas, agreed. I seldom ever go to Drudge any more, it seems that all they are posting is WaPo, NYT, and the bombastic UK clickbait crap! I can't seem to find a story worth reading, so I go to RT, then here... to find out whats happening in this crazy world.

SWRichmond's picture

Agree, even the alleged right media is avoiding this one.  Breibart still has this story below-the-fold.  Las Vegas has disappeared.

Clinton knows where the bodies are buried, and she is playing her cards.

wildbad's picture

man..you are right. that can't be an oversight.

this was news on non MSM sites over a year ago but even as ONLY an update one expects more of Matt D.

JimmyJones's picture

Once again the evil Russian mind control device has made democrats commit high crimes, against their will of course. 

Urban Roman's picture

Suicide by 2 nailgun shots to back of head, followed by autoerotic self strangulation, followed by jumping off tall building, ...

SoDamnMad's picture

Chairman  Graslsey

"Mr. Informant, we are not really interested in the uranium or bribes or who got it. We don't need any information on the Clinton Foundation or the former Secretary's involvement in this. Don't bother with any information on President Obama and when he knew.  We just want to know if the Russians mentioned financing and supporting an alternate candidate in the election, specifically Mr. Trump?"

Informant

I don't have any information on that, sir.

Chairman Grassley

OK, we are done with you. We are going to give you a 5 minute head start. Good Luck. You will need it. 

I love your wife's picture

Alright!  Let's gather more evidence to put on the shelf.  Why is the legislative branch the only one involved in criminal investigation?  WTF is going on?

pods's picture

Cause the executive branch (FBI) is protecting them.

Praetorian Guards.  Nothing more.

This astounds me how far we have fallen and how fast. Iran-Contra was nothing compared to this. Yet this will merely be played as evil Putin taking control of US uranium market, and nothing about the mob operating right out into the open (Clinton Foundation).

pods

Bay of Pigs's picture

This shit was all revealed over a year in the Wikileaks email disclosures.

Where is John Podesta by the way?

wildbad's picture

..spending your hard earned money.

JoeTurner's picture

Could the tide finally be turning now that globohomohollyweird is imploding ?

Callz d Ballz's picture

You obviously haven't seen this yet.

One of George Carlin's best:

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

Sanity Bear's picture

Shocked he's still alive.

drendebe10's picture

Move along. Nothing to see here.the lying cheating corrupt dried up withered old cunt has a get outta jail free pass 

drendebe10's picture

Move along. Nothing to see here.the lying cheating corrupt dried up withered old cunt has a get outta jail free pass 

E.F. Mutton's picture

Yeah I can see it now.  IF Hillary were actually called to court, the Woman Who Persisted would suddenly get Parkinsons, and show up in a wheelchair, her head lolling to one side, spittle dribbling out while her lawyer pleads leniency for this sick, old woman.

Then it's home to Chappaqua in time for cocktails and pizza.

Not gonna happen.  Ever.

WillyGroper's picture

my spidey senses are telling me it will.

trouble is, she'll fake her death like lay, scalia, etc.

E.F. Mutton's picture

Yeah - a Bosnian Sniper will pick her off while visiting Epstein Island, and they'll bury her at sea like Bin Laden.

Everybodys All American's picture

Take every dime these two vile bastards and the foundation ever banked. That alone will kill these greedy desperate Arkansas white trash.

yaright's picture

About time "rule of law" stuff like that

Bastiat's picture

If this keeps up the MSM may have to notice.

Ecclesia Militans's picture

Nail gun antics in 3, 2, 1...

onewayticket2's picture

Craigslist's "seeking food taster" listings are skyrocketing.

jamesmmu's picture
From Russia With Love: A Reader’s Digest on Hillary Clinton’s Russia Collusion

http://investmentwatchblog.com/from-russia-with-love-a-readers-digest-on...

Last of the Middle Class's picture

Saying now she gave them free samples (of the uranium, LOL) to verify it's quality. How is that not espionage?

FORD_FIESTA's picture

I support Vigilante Justice, always have, always will.

Winston Churchill's picture

OT but not really.

270 paedo arrests in Florida and Geogia in the first two weeks of October, 84 underage children captives

freed.

As I've said before, thats well over 6000 paedo arrests now since Jan 20th. in the US alone.Multiple household names, politicians, police etc are under indictment, its starting to get even the MSM to break its silence.Sessions is attacking the deep state at its weakest point.

onewayticket2's picture

how is that defined?   remember:  obama "increased" deportations (but only by changing the definition of "deport" to include people turned away at the border)

Bastiat's picture

"Sessions is attacking the deep state at its weakest point."

I like to hope so but maybe they are just rounding up as many as possible and giving them immunity so they'll keep their mouths shut.  

Winston Churchill's picture

Doesn't appear so, and its also happening at the international level as well.

The psychopaths are not going to like losing their control mechanism.

WillyGroper's picture

CPS...contractors?  right!

70 kids missing in KS

78 in OK

so they're all labeled runaways...running from what?

anyone like to vanish into thin air like them?  i would.

have a look at this endless twitter exposing these demons. 

https://twitter.com/sharpedge42

 

Bastiat's picture

I would think the lawyer has an extensive witnessed statement from her client--she needs to let that be known for his own safety--though they do like to "set an example" now and then. 

Pollygotacracker's picture

Victoria Toensing is married to Joseph DeGenova. Two of the best attorneys around. This guy has definately lawyered up in the right way. Hope this will bring down the Obamas and Clintons. Finally.

Green_Street's picture

And who was in Charge of the FBI until September 2013?

Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  Surprise, surprise. 

One couldn't make this shit up. 

11b40's picture

Meuller was Cheif of Police of the Deep State until he handed the job over to his hand-picked successor, James Comey.

Meuller's FBI presided over 9/11, the entire run-up to the financial crises of 2008/09, and the bankster bailout that saw not one single person of importance prosecuted.  This deal with Russia/State Dept/Uranium is but one of several major issues during his tenure that he either bungled, or deliberately muddled.

The entire FBI senior staff, including McCabe and Rosenstein, along with the Just-us Department heads Loretta & Holder, along with their appointed lackeys, are corrupt.  

Trump needs to fire Rosenstein immediately.  He is compromised.  Replace him with a bulldog prosecutor from far away from Washington who is on the Trump team.  Once in place, he could force Meuller to produce everything he has, and if nothing there, end the witch hunt and shut down the investigation, then Trump could fire Sessions.  The Congress and Media would go nuts, but so what.  The Rosenstein replacement would become Acting Attny General, and if the Senate dodn't want to confirm Trump's nominee to replace Sessions, well OK.

The acting AG should then begin internal investigations of McCabe, Meuller, Comey, and Rosenstein.....and impanel a Grand Jury to look into this Uranium affair.