Congress Expands Uranium One Probe After Senator Claims Obama Admin Misled Him Over Yellowcake Exports

Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) is turning up the heat on the Uranium One investigation, demanding documents from both the Energy Department and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in a Monday letter to both entities. Barrasso wants to find out if he was intentionally misled by the Obama administration about Uranium One being able to export yellowcake uranium out of the United States after the company was acquired by Russia. 


Rep. John Barrasso (R-WY)

Barrasso writes: 

Prior to the approval of the sale [of Uranium One], I wrote to then-President Barack Obama registering my strong concerns regarding Russian control over American uranium production facilities and Russia's ability to ship U.S. uranium overseas. I also requested immediate notification should ARMZ file for a license to export U.S. uranium. Based on information that has recently come to light, I now believe the response I received, and the process by which I received it, were both misleading.

 

On March 21, 2011, former NRC Chairman Greg Jaczko responded to my letter on behalf of then-President Obama stating:

 

‘At this time, neither Uranium One Inc. nor ARMZ holds a specific NRC export license. In order to export uranium from the United States, Uranium One, Inc. or 

ARMZ would need to apply for and obtain a specific NRC license authorizing the export of uranium for use in reactor fuel’


The NRC staff made a similar statement in their recommendation to approve the transfer control of Uranium One to ARMZ, stating: 

 

"before the licensee may export uranium to a foreign country, they must first comply with the NRC's regulations and seek a specific license for such purpose."

 

Recent reporting by The Hill uncovered that Uranium One was able to export uranium without obtaining a specific export license. Beginning in 2012, Uranium One exported U.S. uranium by ‘piggy-backing’ as a supplier on an export license held by the shipping company, RSB Logistic Services Inc.

Indeed, as The Hill 's John Solomon and Alison Spann reported last month - when congress reviewed the Uranium One deal back in 2010, assurances that US uranium would not leave the country was a key sticking point. As such, repeated assurances were provided that such exports would never occur.

No uranium produced at either facility may be exported,” the NRC declared in a November 2010 press release that announced that ARMZ, a subsidiary of the Russian-owned Rosatom, had been approved to take ownership of the Uranium One mining firm and its American assets.

 

A year later, the nuclear regulator repeated the assurance in a letter to Sen. John Barrasso, a Wyoming Republican in whose state Uranium One operated mines.

 

Neither Uranium One Inc. nor AMRZ holds a specific NRC export license. In order to export uranium from the United States, Uranium One Inc. or ARMZ would need to apply for an obtain a specific NRC license authorizing the exports of uranium for use in reactor fuel,” then-NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko wrote Barrasso.

 

The NRC never issued an export license to the Russian firm, a fact so engrained in the narrative of the Uranium One controversy that it showed up in The Washington Post’s official fact-checker site this week. “We have noted repeatedly that extracted uranium could not be exported by Russia without a license, which Rosatom does not have,” The Post reported on Monday, linking to the 2011 Barrasso letter.

Memos obtained by The Hill in November confirmed that, in fact, Uranium One yellowcake did manage to escape U.S. shores repeatedly between 2012 - 2014.

NRC memos reviewed by The Hill shows that it did approve the shipment of yellowcake uranium — the raw material used to make nuclear fuel and weapons — from the Russian-owned mines in the United States to Canada in 2012 through a third party. Later, the Obama administration approved some of that uranium going all the way to Europe, government documents show.

 

NRC officials said they could not disclose the total amount of uranium that Uranium One exported because the information is proprietary. They did, however, say that the shipments only lasted from 2012 to 2014 and that they are unaware of any exports since then.

 

NRC officials told The Hill that Uranium One exports flowed from Wyoming to Canada and on to Europe between 2012 through 2014, and the approval involved a process with multiple agencies.

As Senator Barrasso notes in his letter, "According to The Hill, not only did Uranium One export U.S. uranium, but it was subsequently exported out of Canada," and concludes “By stating DOE had no role in the matter, the DOE concealed the possibility of subsequent exports and their responsibility in reviewing them." 


Rep John Barasso and Attorney General Jeff Sessions (Alex Wong, Getty)

Barrasso asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions for records pertaining to the FBI's investigation of the Uranium One deal - which, according to a FBI mole within the Russian nuclear industry, are extensive. The Hill's John Solomon and journalist Sara Carter have copies of the mole's evidence, which purportedly include a video of Russians stuffing bribe money into a suitcase

In a nutshell: 

  • FBI mole William Campbell was a highly valued FBI asset - paid $51,000 by FBI officials at a celebration dinner in Chrystal City, VA, where Campbell's attorney says they thanked him for his service.
  • Campbell was required by the Russians, under threat, to launder large sums of money - which allowed the FBI to uncover a massive Russian "nuclear money laundering apparatus"
  • Campbell collected over 5,000 documents and briefs over a six year period
  • Campbell uncovered a Russian plot to penetrate the Obama administration and gain approval for the Uranium One sale, including a 2010 email which describes "Russia's intent on expanding its Uranium expansion in the United States." 

“This is not just about bribery and kickbacks but about a U.S. company that was transporting yellow-cake for the Russians with our approval,” an unnamed U.S. Intelligence official told Carter, adding “this should raise serious questions. At the time everyone was concerned about Russia’s ties to Iran, we still are. And of course, Russia’s intentions and reach into the U.S. energy market.”

There are currently two investigations into the Uranium One deal by the House, exploring the Obama administration's approval of the Uranium One sale, as well as evidence that the Clinton Foundation was gifted approximately $145 million dollars in charitable donations prior to the deal's passage while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State.  

Comments

Yog Soggoth NoDebt Tue, 12/12/2017 - 16:20 Permalink

Then why all the desperation? All this time they have been attacking our sitting President and everyone around him, and this is what they are worried about, because it was what they were accusing. The only difference with this Je'cuse is the evidence is plentiful and backed up. It is hard to attack someones credibility when you are in court over serious charges.

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Endgame Napoleon Billy the Poet Tue, 12/12/2017 - 14:59 Permalink

Democrats ignore [licenses] when social-engineering projects [or money-making projects] are at issue. Take the Obamacare “navigators” who sell the policies [without meeting their quotas]. The industry hired their usual groups of unlicensed, frequently absentee moms for their big call centers, and when licensed agents complained, the government underhandedly designed an alternative test, not like the recurring tests the state forces us to take to maintain our licenses, in addition to paying the state biannual licensing fees. It does not surprise me that they skipped right over the licensing process, which is about 10,000 times more important in the case of handling the nation’s stock of nuclear fuel.

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chubbar E.F. Mutton Tue, 12/12/2017 - 13:31 Permalink

So the correct answer to the question of whether Uranium One can export their uranium is YES. Now that everyone knows how these slippery assholes think, I hope on the next round of questioning about this topic or wire taps, emails, etc., the folks asking questions can formulate a catch-all question that closes these kinds of loopholes.

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Chupacabra-322 SDShack Tue, 12/12/2017 - 14:08 Permalink

No. It’s out of the Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths at the CIA’s “Plausible Deniability” playbook.

The Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths at the CIA & FBI etc...Always leave certain levels of degrees of separation between them...the actual perpetrators & the Crime.

Textbook Clandestine Operations.

Invinciblity is a character defect these Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths do not comprehend.

It wil be their nails in their Coffins.

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junction E.F. Mutton Tue, 12/12/2017 - 13:32 Permalink

Obviously, Congress should impeach Obama.  Wait a second, Obama isn't president anymore, anyone who knew about his bogus birth certificate (Loretta Fuddy Fuddy, for one) is dead and one of his daughters even has a white boy friend in college now.  By the time Congress takes another close look some time in the future, Obama will be a grandfather. 

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Endgame Napoleon junction Tue, 12/12/2017 - 15:12 Permalink

What does this have to do with anything?

Oh, that’s right: In the fake-feminist world, family and private lives are the most important issues in the professional world, even at the height of power.

The important thing here is that uranium is a bomb-making material and, as such, a far more important matter than some of the things under scrutiny in the current media obsession with Russia and the Trump campaign.

Unlicensed uranium sales to Russia and 100,000 cheesy FB ads: these are two very different issues.

Even the $500,000 speaking fee to Bill Clinton in the wake of this deal seems much more significant than Russiagate.

The Swamp needs some new rules on how to deal with global transactions. By the time Obama took office, thanks to the neoliberals of the Nineties, we were decades into an America Last mentality in government.

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Endgame Napoleon FORD_FIESTA Tue, 12/12/2017 - 15:24 Permalink

What were they doing in the senate at that time? Were they on a babyvacation? Oh yeah, the senator said he lacked necessary information. Funny, the FBI collects a massive amount of information that never makes it into the hands of relevant Swamp committees. The branches and agencies of .gov spend a lot of time and taxpayer money just doing their own thing.

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yaright Tue, 12/12/2017 - 13:29 Permalink

It’s starting to unravel … these traitors need to be prosecuted to the FULL extent of the law.  I’m not a 100% Trump guy he has many many flaws but for the love of God how fucked would we be if the witch had won.