Top Nuclear Official Agrees With Senator Who Says Obama Admin "Misled" On Uranium One Deal

Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Kristine Svinicki responded to questions raised by Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) regarding a key aspect of the Uranium One deal, agreeing that the Obama Administration had not "fully depicted" the complexity of the transaction which ultimately gave the Kremlin control over 20% of US uranium. 

“I would note that, as your letter makes clear, the responses you have received have not fully depicted the complexity of this issue” -Kristine Svinicki, NRC Chair

Svinicki's response fell short of agreeing with Barrasso that he had been 'misled' over the deal to export yellowcake uranium from the Senator's home state of Wyoming out of the country.

Barrasso says he was given 'misleading' answers on whether or not Russian mined US uranium would be allowed to leave the country, based on revelations from The Hill which revealed the Obama administration allowed the uranium to leave the country by 'piggy-backing' onto an export license held by shipping company, RSB Logistic Services Inc. 


Rep. John Barrasso (R-WY)

In a Monday letter to the NRC and the Energy Department, Barrasso wrote:

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.

Barrasso originally wrote to the Obama administration in 2010 with concerns over Russia's ability to export uranium overseas. In 2011, Obama-appointed NRC chairman Gregory Jaczko off the letter, noting the company would need an export license.

Barrasso says this was misleading during a Wednesday Senate hearing, stating “I specifically raised concerns about future exports of U.S. uranium by Uranium One,” adding “I believe the Obama administration’s response to my letter was at best misleading.”

Following Barrasso's comments, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works requested that the NRC and the Energy Department produce documents related to the Obama administration's response to the 2010 letter. Barrasso says he has evidence that the Energy Department misled him on their role in approving the uranium exports, and pointed out the enormous loophole which allowed Uranium One to export without a license. 

Uranium One did not need a specific NRC license to export U.S. uranium,” said Barrasso, adding “Instead, Uranium One only needed to be, and later was, listed as a supplier on a transport company’s NRC export license.”

The New York Times covered the Uranium One story in 2015, detailing donations which poured into the Clinton Foundation from individuals associated with the deal - which was later found to be upwards of $140 million. Meanwhile, a series of follow-up reports from The Hill have filled in the gaps with several bombshells, including: 

  • The FBI had a mole deep within the Russian uranium industry who gathered evidence of millions of dollars routed to  the Clinton Foundation by Russian nuclear officials. 
  • The mole says there is a video showing Russians stuffing a briefcase full of bribe money, joking about Americans.
  • Bill Clinton met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at his Moscow estate right before the Uranium One deal was approved, which was the same day he collected a $500,000 check for a speech to a Russian investment bank which issued a favorable rating to Uranium One stock. 

As he prepared to collect a $500,000 payday in Moscow in 2010, Bill Clinton sought clearance from the State Department to meet with a key board director of the Russian nuclear energy firm Rosatom — which at the time needed the Obama administration’s approval for a controversial uranium deal, government records show.

 

Arkady Dvorkovich, a top aide to then-Russian President Dmitri Medvedev and one of the highest-ranking government officials to serve on Rosatom’s board of supervisors, was listed on a May 14, 2010, email as one of 15 Russians the former president wanted to meet during a late June 2010 trip, the documents show.

 

“In the context of a possible trip to Russia at the end of June, WJC is being asked to see the business/government folks below. Would State have concerns about WJC seeing any of these folks,” Clinton Foundation foreign policy adviser Amitabh Desai wrote the State Department on May 14, 2010, using the former president’s initials and forwarding the list of names to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s team. -The Hill

  • There was an internal scramble at the FBI to preserve records from all of the agencies which approved the Uranium One deal, as uncovered by Twitter user 'Katica' after pouring through emails obtained via FOIA request. 

The agencies which received the request included the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Dept. of Treasury, the Office of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI James Clapper), The National Counter Terrorism Center, and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

 

Five days after the initial request, the same FBI agent sent another round of notifications to the same agencies, adding the National Security Agency (NSA) and the U.S. Secret Service (USSS).


The next day, September 3rd, 2015three more agencies were added to the preservation request: The CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and the Department of Defense (DOD)

 

At this point, every single member of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) which signed off on the Uranium One deal was served with a notice to preserve records. 

There is so much more to the deal involving players like Tony Podesta, Paul Manafort, and various members of the Obama administration - one wonders if, and when, the dam will ever break under the overwhelming weight of malfeasance - sending waves of corrupt politicians and lobbyists down the drain. 

Comments

nmewn Theta_Burn Wed, 12/13/2017 - 21:20 Permalink

The Klintons are so egotistical they're just now starting to realize they are being thrown under the bus. The quietest voice on "collusion" and "conspiracy" is none other than Hillary.The quietest voice on "sexual predators" is none other than Bill.Hell, Chelsea has already created an email account under the name Diane Reynolds.(Sigh) ;-)

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Chupacabra-322 Wed, 12/13/2017 - 20:41 Permalink

President Trump cannot outright fire Sessions. The Criminal Deep State & their Presstitute Criminal appendages will pull out the “Dictators” Scripted False Narrative / PsyOp.

They’re eating their own. Trump is giving these Criminals just enough rope to hang themselves with under their own Hubris.

This is Death by one thousand paper cuts.

In addition, Merry Christmas Inforwarriors, Newsbud, Zerohedge, Druge, Corbett Report, Hagmen etc... Real Media crowd.

It’s been a phenomenal year exposing the Criminal Deep State & Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths at the CIA & their Clinton, Obama & Bush’s. As well as exposing the Criminal Deep State’s Presstitute Media appendages.

A year in which Humanity wittinessed the Epic deaths of two of the Primer, Elite Pure Evil Criminal Psychopathic Globalist’s David Rockefeller & Zigbigniew Bryzinski.

To my brethren here,

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

Happy Hanukkah for the real Hebrews.

G-R-U-N-T Wed, 12/13/2017 - 20:43 Permalink

This Uranium One crap, stinks to high heaven! Also, don't know if anyone in the ZH community watched the Rod Rosenstein's testimony today, after viewing it, I thought to myself, how could ANYONE have confidence in the FBI and the DOJ, absolutely pathetic!IMHO, the corruption has become so vast, that it will take an act of God to clean it up! God help us, please!!!

Captain Planet Bay of Pigs Wed, 12/13/2017 - 22:46 Permalink

CSPAN is the only TV I need! That was awesome. Would love to see a body language analyst's take on Rosenstein. Probably every textbook sign of lying while claiming no knowledge of certain facts in the cases. Skirming in his chair. Tend to think I'd trust a practicioner of human behavioral psychology over a polygraph. Polygraph being a standardized set of measurements or tests would inherently be subject to developing a scheme to trick the specific set of variables tested. 

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gearjammers1 G-R-U-N-T Wed, 12/13/2017 - 21:49 Permalink

It all goes back to the early 20th centiry mobsters - the Jewish, the Italians and Irish mob. All competing for control of the United States and Canada. Once they were shooting at each other, now they are sleeping with each other. You look at today's FBI - it's Irish, Jew and Italians. And blacks. Watch "Boardwalk Empiire" all about the Irish mob of the early 20th century. The Irish were in thick with the blacks. In one episode of "Boardwalk Empire", the Irish mob delivers 3 kkk members (old American anglo-saxons) to the blacks as a gift - Irish, Jew, Italian and black are all enemies of old America (including our constitution), though the good Italians have stepped away from the mob somewhat and became good Americans. Nothing good about the Irish, Jews and the blacks. Human garbage.

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DaBard51 Wed, 12/13/2017 - 20:42 Permalink

Russians... elections...money... Clinton... hmmmm....Russian influence, might there be?  Paging Mr. Mueller...  When nine hundred years old you become, look this good you will not.  

dp226 Wed, 12/13/2017 - 20:52 Permalink

OK - They mislead congress.  What is the penalty? If I was in Congress I would at this point just cut the salaries of all executives in the (insert agancy here) by 20% and freeze pensions for those positions.   Apparently the congress has forgotten they have power of the purse.   Something like this would get everyons attention.

Paracelsus Wed, 12/13/2017 - 21:05 Permalink

Rosenstein testimony= "economical with the truth"There is a small part of the "All the Presidents Men" movie where at the paper (WaPo)they have finished an editorial meeting ,and the editor asks one fellow to remain behind.He is asked his deep gut feeling on the watergate break-in and coverup.I will always remember his response. "The Dem's are imploding by themselves"."Why take the risk. It doesn't make any sense".Exactly. Why take the risk. Why would the Dem's in this case take the risk of the RussianDossier, unless it was to be an Ace up the sleeve if the election got close.Or something to blackmail Trump with. Somehow things didn't work out.Re: Christopher Steele. Is this what MI6 types put out to pasture, do for a living?Collect dirt on foreign politicians for pay. Smells a bit naff. Wonder if his old pals will still ask him around for a drink.I would still like to know who was firing the sniper rifles in Kiev during the Nuland coup.I would still like to know why Las Vegas shooting has been buried.I would still like to know where the Ukrainian gold and the Libyan gold got away to.Before we start discussing "alleged hookers peeing on people" can we start with the bodies that are barely cold. If the FBI and DOJ are not going to investigate these issues (ClintonFoundation cash) then these departments can be wound up and save the taxpayers a fewbucks. When Hoover was alive he was notorious for keeping files of dirt on everyone in DC.One enormous blackmail operation.Oh, and his name was Seth Rich.

Bigly Paracelsus Wed, 12/13/2017 - 22:06 Permalink

Right. In addition to saying his name was Seth Rich we need to add - "They were LV concertgoers". What's the latest on the Investigation? I cannot believe how we let this go out of the news. One month later and it was like it never happened. There should be substantial updates in the last few months. Crickets.. For shame... 

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Koba the Dread Wed, 12/13/2017 - 21:33 Permalink

The Democrats are pushing the narrative that Trump colluded with "the" Russians. The Republicans are pushing the narrative that Obama colluded with "the" Russians. Both narratives make Russia out to be the bad guy. Both narratives further the agenda of a new cold war with "the" Russians.The Soviet Union was an aggressive empire, a threat to oligopoly capitalism. If you like your oligopolist capitalism, you can keep your oligopolist capitalism; the Soviet Union is dead and gone. RIP! The Russian Federation is not the Soviet Union. The Russian Federation is just another country like all others, somewhat good and somewhat bad, a country that overthrew its Marxist overlords and established a mixed capitalist economic/governmental system.Perhaps the people in the United States could ponder what it would be like to overthrow their oligopolist overlords and establish a mixed capitalist ecconomic/governmental system. Tax the rich doesn't mean to take your measly millions. It does mean stopping Amazon and Facebook and Google from destroying our civilization.At any rate, stop the "the Russians are bad guys" narrative. It's Amazon and Facebook and Google and the too-big-to-fail bank and the war mongers and the DC swamp and the surveillance/control system that are our enemies. Russia's just a place with fur hats and vodka.

newmacroman Wed, 12/13/2017 - 22:38 Permalink

Did you forget about mule face Mueller flying the sample yellowcake to Georgia?Not to mix metaphors and confuse, I ain't talking horse face Kerry and peaches

archie bird Thu, 12/14/2017 - 09:06 Permalink

All the rats are jumping off the Titantic.  Everyone is running for cover.  Round them all up and ship them off to Siberia.  Better yet, how about some REAL JUSTICE for the American people by frog marching all the PERPS responsible for this mess.