Why Is The DOJ Downplaying Reports Of Proof Linking Obama And Clinton To Russian Corruption

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Following the release of the identity of the FBI informant, Justice Department officials in recent days said that informant William Campbell’s prior work won’t shed much light on the U.S. government’s controversial decision in 2010 to approve Russia’s purchase of the Uranium One mining company and its substantial U.S. assets.

However, The Hill's John Solomon has reviewed 1000s of new memos from an FBI informant that clearly show illegal activity surrounding a Russian plot to corner the American uranium market, ranging from corruption inside a U.S. nuclear transport company to Obama administration approvals that let Moscow buy and sell more atomic fuels.

FBI informant Campbell, acting as a consultant trying to help Rosatom overcome political opposition to the Uranium One deal, gathered evidence for six years, and, according to the more than 5,000 pages of documents from the counterintelligence investigation, there are a number of evidenciary links betweeen corrupt Russians, President Obama, and Hillary Clinton...

The Hill's John Solomon details that Campbell documented for his FBI handlers the first illegal activity by Russians nuclear industry officials in fall 2009, nearly a entire year before the Russian state-owned Rosatom nuclear firm won Obama administration approval for the Uranium One deal.

“The attached article is of interest as I believe it highlights the ongoing resolve in Russia to gradually and systematically acquire and control global energy resources,” Rod Fisk, an American contractor colleage working for the Russians, wrote in a June 24, 2010 email to Campbell.

Part of the goal was to make Americans more reliant on Russian uranium before a program that converted former Soviet warheads into U.S. nuclear fuel expired in 2013, according to documents and interviews. Russia's ambitions including building a uranium enrichment facility on U.S. soil, the documents show.

The FBI task force supervising Campbell since 2008 watched as the Obama administration made more than a half dozen decisions favorable to the Russian’s plan, which ranged from approving the sale of Uranium One to removing Rosatom from export restrictions and making it easier for Moscow to win billions in new commercial uranium sales contracts.  The favorable decisions occurred during a time when President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were pursuing a public "reset" to improve Moscow relations, a plan that fell apart after Russia invaded Ukraine.

Multiple congressional committees recently got permission from the Justice Department to interview Campbell after The Hill reported last month the existence of his informant work. Lawmakers want to know what the FBI did with the evidence Campbell gathered in real time and whether it warned President Obama and top leaders before they made the Russian-favorable decisions, like the Uranium One deal.

Since Campbell’s identity emerged in recent days, there have been several statements by Justice officials, both on the record and anonymously, casting doubt on the timing and value of his work, and specifically his knowledge about Uranium One. However, as The Hill's John Solomon crucially details, the more than 5,000 pages of documents reviewed by The Hill directly conflict with some of the Justice officials’ accounts.

For instance, both Attorney General Jeff Sessions in testimony last week and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in a letter to the Senate last month tried to suggest there was no connection between Uranium One and the nuclear bribery case.

 

Their argument was that the criminal charges weren’t filed until 2014, while the Committee of Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) approval of the Uranium One sale occurred in October 2010.

 

“The way I understand that matter is that the case in which Mr. Mikerin was convicted was not connected to the CFIUS problem that occurred two to three years before,” Sessions testified to the House Judiciary Committee last week, echoing Rosenstein’s letter from a few weeks earlier.

 

But investigative records show FBI counterintelligence recorded the first illicit payments in the bribery/kickback scheme in November 2009, a year before the CFIUS approval.

 

There is zero doubt we had evidence of criminal activity before the CFIUS approval, and that Justice knew about it through NSD [the natural security division],” said a source with direct knowledge of the investigation.

This clear conflict has angered a number of Republican congress members (not so many Democrats)...

“Attorney General Sessions seemed to say that the bribery, racketeering and money laundering offenses involving Tenex’s Vadim Mikerin occurred after the approval of the Uranium One deal by the Obama administration. But we know that the FBI’s confidential informant was actively compiling incriminating evidence as far back as 2009,” Rep. Ron DeSantis, (R-Fla.) told The Hill.

 

“It is hard to fathom how such a transaction could have been approved without the existence of the underlying corruption being disclosed. I hope AG Sessions gets briefed about the CI and gives the Uranium One case the scrutiny it deserves,” added DeSantis, whose House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittees is one of the investigating panels.

 

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) sent a similar rebuke last week to Rosenstein, saying the deputy attorney general’s first response to the committee “largely missed the point” of the congressional investigations.

 

“The essential question is whether the Obama Justice Department provided notice of the criminal activity of certain officials before the CFIUS approval of the Uranium One deal and other government decisions that enabled the Russians to trade nuclear materials in the U.S,” Grassley scolded.

The Hill documents numerous attempts at misinformation and 'fake news' attempting to downplay or obfuscate documented evidence from Campbell of the timing of events.

Most critically, The Hill points out that Campbell’s debriefing files also show he regularly mentioned to FBI agents in 2010 a Washington entity with close ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton that was being paid millions to help expand Tenex’s business in the United States.

The entity began increasing its financial support to a Clinton charitable project after it was hired by the Russians, according to the documents.

 

Campbell engaged in conversations with his Russian colleagues about the efforts of the Washington entity and others to gain influence with the Clintons and the Obama administration.

 

He also listened as visiting Russians used racially tinged insults to boast about how easy they found it to win uranium business under Obama, according to a source familiar with Campbell’s planned testimony to Congress.

And...

In recent days, news media including The Washington Post and Fox News anchor Shepard Smith have inaccurately reported another element of the story: that Uranium One never exported its American uranium because the Obama administration did not allow it.

 

However, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission authorized Uranium One to export through a third party tons of uranium to Canada for enrichment processing, and some of that product ended up in Europe, NRC documents state.

 

A Uranium One executive acknowledged to The Hill that 25 percent of the uranium it shipped to Canada under the third-party export license ended up with either European or Asian customers through what it known in the nuclear business as “book transfers.”

It is clear by their desperation, that someone is trying to hide something as in leaked stories late last week, Justice officials anonymously questioned Campbell’s credibility pointing to episodes of drinking and reckless driving.

However, The Hill's sources familiar with the full body of Campbell’s work said they expect he can provide significant new information to Congress.

“Will he be able to prove that we knew Russia was engaged in criminal conduct before Uranium One was approved, you bet,” the source said.

 

“Were the Russians using political influence and pulling political levers to try to win stuff from the U.S. government, you bet.

 

Was he perfect, no one in this line of work is. But we were focused on much larger issues than just that.”

All of which still leaves us asking - why is the Justice Department downplaying this evidence and not moving forward with the probe? Two immediate scenarioes are possible - first, the rot is so deep and pervasive that the establishmentarians left are forcing the hands of the few; or second, the Deep State has Sessions by the balls.

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chubbar's picture

Good question. Sessions needs to move on this or quit the fucking job. Trump needs to fire this asshole or order him to appoint a special prosecutor, do something Trump!!!! If this doesn't get people charged with crimes then it's all over for this country.

JoseyWalesTheOutlaw's picture

and just what you do thing the chances of DJT getting another AG approved by Mitch and his bad of Globalist republican's that just might be sent to jail .......

sodbuster's picture

>the Deep State has Sessions by the balls.<

Can't be- Sessions has no balls. I didn't think we could get anyone as bad as what the half-breed had for AG, but it seems I may have been wrong about that.

IntercoursetheEU's picture

They are trying to get fired, the only thing that can reframe the prosecutorial motive.

President Trump isn't taking the bait, which is wise. Soon the evidence will be overwhelming. Just hasn't reached tipping point yet; i.e. a Weinstein event. Then the floodgates open.

The implications, when contributor claw-backs are taken into account, makes this the scandal of the century.

 

NoDebt's picture

"Two immediate scenarioes are possible - first, the rot is so deep and pervasive that the establishmentarians left are forcing the hands of the few; or second, the Deep State has Sessions by the balls."

Why would you not think it's both?  At the top levels things rarely happen for a single reason.

 

 

J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock's picture

Why Is The DOJ Downplaying Reports Of Proof Linking Obama And Clinton To Russian Corruption

Because it can.

And has something or some one to cover up.

And is making use of the very same strategies used by those attempting to delay or pervert the course of justice.

And is being directed to do so.

 

J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock

Super Sleuth's picture

The back story is much deeper than anyone knows.

 

URANIUMGATE: The Queen Bee Gets Stung By ‘The Putin Sting’

 

The Clinton Crime Family Crashes & Burns
WarPony's picture

Obama to Putin: "I can be more flexible after the election."  Guess that wasn't just a pick-up line.

StychoKiller's picture

[quote] ...a plan that fell apart after Russia invaded Ukraine.

[/quote]

Pix, or it didn't happen!

caconhma's picture

It is clear that Trump is a bogus/fake President as well as his entire administration. His job is to get a maximum diversion from the Deep State anti-American operations.

The entire DoJ with Sessions is a joke. Hillary is correct saying that Trump's job is to play golf and tweet creating lots of noise. Trump's behavior is not much different from imbecile Bush Jr.  Only Bush Jr. did not create much of controversies. The Bush Jr. major achievements were the 9/11 and the Financial Crisis we are still in.

Bumpo's picture

Million Dollar Bogus has a brother

StychoKiller's picture

"Freedom fries" for everyone!

nmewn's picture

The "timing issue" again.

There is zero dispute that the Clinton Foundation got one hundred and forty million dollars from people directly enriched (no pun intended) by this transaction. There is zero dispute (thank you Wikileaks) that Bill asked his wife's Sate Department for permission to meet with a member of the board of Rosatom, the very same nuclear energy "company" (the air quotes are to distinguish the fact I don't consider state controlled companies private enterprise) while he (Bill "Blue Dress" Clinton was in Moscow to give a $500,000 speech (paid for by a Russian state owned bank) twice the price of his normal "speechifying" services...who then met with...

Vladimir Putin...instead. At his private residence. Which is not by the way, on an airport tarmac, in the SW United States.

Throw in the fact that, Grand Inquisitor Mueller was the Bureau of Matters Director at the time the Uranium One deal was going down, that he turned over the reins of the Bureau of Matters to his underling Comey (who looked up to Mueller as his mentor) who found surprisingly enough (or not...lol) no wrong doing on the part of Hillary at all (145 million dollars be damned) even though Eric Holder was one of the signatories to sign off on CFIUS approvals for the sale of...25% of the US's capacity to obtain uranium. 

Have I mentioned that Frank Giustra is on the board of the Clinton Foundation AND along with Bill Clinton in 2005 flew to Uzbekistan and met personally with Nursultan Nazarbayev, probably one of the worst POS on this planet who has managed to squirrel away ala Hugo Chavez (in essence another dictator) billions of dollars stolen from his own country in order to facilitate this deal? 

Well no, I guess, prolly not ;-)

MozartIII's picture

It sure the fuck had better be to prosecute!!!

Hulk's picture

Nice !!! and I'm stealing that bureau of matters !!!

(all of my good stuff is stolen !!!)

FoggyWorld's picture

Thank you for that energetic writng.  I am so wiped out but you hit all of the nails right on their heads.

Miss Expectations's picture

1.  Thanks for pointing out that the kickback was $145 MILLION and not merely "millions."

2.  This article repeats the really BIG lie that Russia invaded Ukraine.  It didn't.

3.  This article conflates Russian Bribes with Clinton's demand and receipt of KICKBACKS...there's a huge and meaningful difference between the two.  Seems apparent that all the confusion is caused by some necessity to demonize Russia/Putin AGAIN, instead of charging Hillary et. al. with TREASON.

 

StychoKiller's picture

Are the Gupta Bro's in S. Africa mentoring these jokers, or is it the other way round?

StychoKiller's picture

More like a "Post Turtle!"

Captain Chlamydia's picture

This stinks like a three months dead pig. Deep State fingerprints all over the place. 

FoggyWorld's picture

I believe he can appoint an Acting AG and that person could just sit it out but do the job required.

Chuck Walla's picture

Appoint his own Deputy AG, fire Jeffy and let the deputy run it as long as it takes to get his own AG. If that's never, his guy is de facto still running it despite the obstinance.

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ Chubbar,

It’s the mechanism of how Crime Syndicate’s function specifically the Criminal Globalist Administions that have been able to Tyrannically Govern with Impunity decade after decade.

Present Administration’s never Investigate previous ones out of fear that future Administrations may investigate the current one.

Thus, making them Criminal Accessories to previous Administrations War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity & Crimes Against The American People.
War Criminal Obama’s “moving forward” on War Criminal Bush Administration Torture, Lying The American People into War, the begining of mass Surveillance of The American room 641A at Criminal AT&T are but just some examples of the Tyrannical Lawlessness we see before us.

There are absolutely No stature of limitations on War Crimes.

We currently,

Tyrannically Lawless.

drendebe10's picture

Sessions is a spineless pussy. Dismantle the progressive liberal democrap bullsht doj. Fukemall

Braverdave's picture

Too right!

I wish it was different but it is all kabuki theater or shadows casting shadows on the cave wall if you like.

 

 

j0nx's picture

Sessions is either being blackmailed or threatened. Nothing else remotely makes sense.

Sanity Bear's picture

Sessions' behavior makes perfect sense if you presume that his was one of the FBI files that Clinton stole way back in the day.

Spanky's picture

Duh... HowardBeale

That was my first response too...

[W]hy is the Justice Department downplaying this evidence and not moving forward with the probe? Two immediate scenarioes are possible - first, the rot is so deep and pervasive that the establishmentarians left are forcing the hands of the few; or second, the Deep State has Sessions by the balls.

Does it have to be one or the other? Looks like both to me...

Miss Expectations's picture

The tiny remaining speck of hope that still resides in me just whispered, "Fools rush in."

E.F. Mutton's picture

Why?  Let me illustrate with an equation:

Sessions = Owned

Hapa's picture

Sessions is a swamp creature - these guys are all about preserving the system.  They are terrified of being the one that lets the hounds loose.  They know they could easily get caught up in the ensuing tumult. 

kernel_panic's picture

Won't shed much light because there's nothing to see.  

Endgame Napoleon's picture

That article by John Solomon was fabulous; all journalism should be that fearless and thorough. It also has little — if any — discernible slant. It sounds like the FBI has been investigating these globalist deals for years, working industriously with these poor undercover people, like Campbell, under Yuge stress. What were the six-figure office workers at DOJ doing back in 2015, when they first got access to all of that information from the Campbell investigation? Where was the press back then? All through an election cycle, during which this information would have been highly pertinent, it was not discussed at all in the mainstream press, much less in this kind of detail. They abandoned their watchdog post entirely.

Bastiat's picture

Russia DID NOT invade Ukraine.

chubbar's picture

And Assad didn't gas his own people. The fucking lies that this and earlier administrations are telling are exposed now. I hope the trend continues so the rest of america wakes up to what these assholes are doing to the rest of the world!

coast1's picture

I do much research, almost to a fault, and both of you are correct...Weird they just keep on fibbing, I think they can not stop.

besnook's picture

they have to say russia invaded ukraine because of the bizarre credibility rules that exist today. no one would pay attention if they said, "after the usa sponsored coup" in ukraine.

land_of_the_few's picture

You can tell the West invaded, because they have suffered the standard loss of GDP and population.They're now poorer than Georgia, which would have seemed impossible 30 years ago.

izzee's picture

If only we cud shut down these sites that post the things that we want to keep under wraps then all would be just fine and everyone would be happy.

See Something, Say Something....knock knock...Thought Police (Gestapo) at your Door(ISP Addresss)

Now isn't that better.  sit back have have a Budweiser, King of Beers,  and Don't Think About IT

Kilgore Trout's picture

Sessions. Just a pawn in a game of 6d chess.

Endgame Napoleon's picture

He probably thinks he is doing the right thing, not prosecuting former [elected] leaders, like they do in Banana Republics. That said, he was probably better in the “gentleman’s club” of the senate, where he focused on the important issues more than most of The Swamp. The important issues that got Trump elected are not mostly social issues.

JoseyWalesTheOutlaw's picture

JMO but this is The Don and Jeff holding all their cards until Mueller/Deep State have played their cards. Which side has the Rook.

When you hear The Donald call out Jeff Session by name again for not doing his job then Trump is in trouble. We wait.

 

Obama and Clinton did anything they wanted without fear of losing the election. Then they lost. 

 

Miss Expectations's picture

Here's my take on Hillary's election night reaction to her impossible, inconceivable loss...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4SRsGn14PI

gcjohns1971's picture

One Law for Thee

And another for Me

Thus spake the Jackass.

 

Who stands for more power, money, and kickbacks to the Federal Government and its senior bureaucracies?

Why are you asking why those bureaucracies are downplaying any and all allegations against that entity?

It is called CORRUPTION.

Corruption grows in government like infection grows in warm humid places.

The solution is not disinfectant.

The solution is to make the SWAMP cooler and drier.

Take away the scope and depth of their powers, or they will take away yours right up until we all collapse together.

dlfield's picture

a.k.a. Someone needs to grow some serious balls and handle it.

coast1's picture

I have a plea agreement...Stop the chemtrails and climate control, and we let clintons and obama all live on a sex island somewhere instead of going to jail...hillary gets a gag order lol...no communication with society but you can enjoy each other....maybe hillary and obamas husband can fool around and such...its a win win situation