Senate Launches Probe Into Russian Nuclear Bribery Case That Netted Clintons Millions

As the media continues to lose their collective minds over $100,000 worth of Facebook ads allegedly purchased by Russians during the 2016 election, the Senate Judiciary Committee has finally decided they're going to take a look into a shady Russian deal that handed Putin 20% of America's uranium reserves, was approved by the Obama administration during an ongoing FBI investigation into charges of bribery, extortion and money laundering by the Russian buyer and netted the Clintons millions of dollars in donations and 'speaking fees."  Here's more from The Hill:

The Senate Judiciary Committee has launched a full-scale probe into a Russian nuclear bribery case, demanding several federal agencies disclose whether they knew the FBI had uncovered the corruption before the Obama administration in 2010 approved a controversial uranium deal with Moscow.

 

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the committee chairman, gets his first chance to raise the issue in public on Wednesday when he questions Attorney General Jeff Sessions during an oversight hearing.

 

Though the hearing was scheduled for other purposes, aides said they expected Grassley to ask Sessions questions about a story published in The Hill on Tuesday that disclosed the FBI had uncovered evidence showing Russian nuclear officials were engaged in a racketeering scheme involving bribes, kickbacks and money laundering designed to expand Russian President Vladimir Putin's atomic energy business on U.S. soil.

 

"It has recently come to the Committee’s attention that employees of Rosatom were involved in a criminal enterprise involving a conspiracy to commit extortion and money laundering during the time of the CFIUS transaction," Grassley wrote in one such letter addressed to Sessions.

 

"The fact that Rosatom subsidiaries in the United States were under criminal investigation as a result of a U.S. intelligence operation apparently around the time CFIUS approved the Uranium One/Rosatom transaction raises questions about whether that information factored into CFIUS’ decision to approve the transaction," the chairman added.

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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 nearly $150 million 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 learned just yesterday 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.

And guess who ran the FBI's investigation into this particular Russian plot?  As The Hill noted, 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.

So, what if James Comey really was looking out for Hillary all along?

Comments

LawsofPhysics Wed, 10/18/2017 - 08:33 Permalink

LOL!!!  Yes, it has been a "just-us" system for quite some time.  More window dressing, don't worry no oligarchs (Clintons or Bushes) will ever actually suffer real consequences..."Full Faith and Credit"

Not Too Important remain calm Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:22 Permalink

60 years ago, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg - liberals - were executed for committing treason, supplying Russia with US nuclear technology secrets.7 years ago, Bill and Hillary Clinton - liberals - committed treason, giving Russia 20% of US uranium deposits, used to make nuclear weapons, in exchange for tens of millions of dollars in bribes. Over $140 million dollars in personal bribes.Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Robert Mueller, James Comey, Rod Rosenstein and many others yet to be identified, including members of Congress, as clearly shown by the FBI, have committed treason, under far more serious circumstances than the Rosenbergs, jeopardizing US national security, and should be executed. The law is clear, as explicitly spelled out in the US Constitution. If the Clintons and their partners in treason had committed their crimes in China or Russian, they would have already been tried and shot. The FBI has clearly shown they are guilty, now it is simply a matter of following the judicial process and US treason law.It really is that simple. 

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Not Too Important LickItUp Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:03 Permalink

Careful with what you wish for with the Norks. 25 million plus Sorks would be dead within an hour or two, and every nuclear reactor in Japan would be blown up, sending massive waves of lethal nuclear radiation across North American that would kill every last living thing within a few months.The fat kid isn't stupid. In fact, he's actually pretty lethal considering he doesn't have that big an arsenal. He's 'well leveraged' on kill numbers. 

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Yog Soggoth CuttingEdge Wed, 10/18/2017 - 20:10 Permalink

Well, it takes an uncertain amount of people to PROCESS these documents before release, and 500 a month is all they can take, apparently. JW just wants them released for everyone to decide. Being they mostly already out there, and the few left are not of national security importance, then what is the holdup? Thank God for good hackers and whistleblowers.

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FoggyWorld NugginFuts Wed, 10/18/2017 - 09:00 Permalink

You never know.  The Nixon hearings started and it looked at the beginning as if he wouldn't get snared.  It was a Republican, Senator Howard Baker, who first broke ranks when he realized what had gone on.  It really takes just one bright person to make people rethink and come to terms with what many often don't even know about before proper Hearings begin.

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crazzziecanuck Creepy_Azz_Crackaah Wed, 10/18/2017 - 08:57 Permalink

I suspect this was kept hush-hush because the corruption spreads out much further than people may know.  I'm sure the Clinton's know full well that if they spread the corruption out, it makes more and more people less interested in rocking the boat for fear of being sucked under.  That gives Clinton's a degree of protection, in a sense.  "If you take me out, you go down with me."

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GUS100CORRINA crazzziecanuck Wed, 10/18/2017 - 09:53 Permalink

Senate Launches Probe Into Russian Nuclear Bribery Case That Netted Clintons MillionsMy response: It is a start albeit a very late start. I believe that the corruption in this case would indict most of Washington DC with TRUMP team excluded.The SHAME, the SHAME!!!!HRC and the OBAMA administration SHOULD BE CHARGED WITH TREASON and JAILED for LIFE without PAROLE.What went on with this entire episode is a CLEAR and PRESENT DANGER to the REPUBLIC or what is left of it.Names that should be BURNED in effigy are BUSH, CLINTON, OBAMA, LYNCH, HOLDER, RICE and many others. Again ... the SHAME, the SHAME!!!! 

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booboo JRobby Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:47 Permalink

These tit for tat investigations never amount to anything as they are just designed as warning shots intended to give the proles some red meat and to boil off excess steam. Nothing will ever come of it, What...The Clinton Crime Syndicate is corrupt? Knock me over with a feather.

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