Uranium One: Undercover FBI Informant's Attorney Demands DOJ Inquiry Into Coordinated Smear

The attorney for an FBI informant who was deeply embedded in the Russian nuclear industry is demanding that Attorney General Jeff Sessions investigate a coordinated smear campaign against her client. After several decades working for the CIA and the FBI, William Douglas Campbell uncovered two related bribery schemes involving Russian nuclear officials, an American trucking company, and efforts to route money to the Clinton Global Initiative through an American lobbying firm in order to overcome regulatory hurdles, according to reports by The Hill and Circa.

After details of Campbell's undercover work for the FBI first emerged in an October 2017 report by The Hill - which did not divulge his name, Michael Isikoff of Yahoo News and Joel Schectman of Reuters published articles smearing Campbell, saying he was "so unreliable that prosecutors dropped him as a witness" in a case unrelated to his undercover work - while two "senior officials" within the Justice Department fed Congressional investigators the same thing during a December 15 briefing. 

Both statements were lies, as the case was related to Campbell's undercover work, and he was dropped as a witness after the Baltimore U.S. Attorney's office botched their case, which Campbell's testimony would have weakened.

(Isikoff's name may ring a bell, as a Yahoo News article he wrote after being fed information by former UK spy Christopher Steele was used as supporting evidence alongside the "Steele Dossier" in a FISA warrant application to surveil the Trump campaign). 

As part of the smear, Campbell's name was also divulged in a public filing by the DOJ, "making him unemployable in the industry and leaving him to survive on Social Security" after decades of loyal service to both the CIA and the FBI. 

Campbell testified to Congressional investigators in February after an "iron-clad" gag order was lifted. 

Campbell's lawyer Victoria Toensing, a former Reagan Justice Department official and former Chief Counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee, fired off a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday demanding an investigation into Campbell's character assassination - CC'ing DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, along with several Congressional Investigators and others involved in the matter. 

The letter reads: 

"We write on behalf of our client, William Douglas Campbell, to request an investigation of disclosures by anonymous "federal officials" to the media and of Congressional briefings by "senior officials" of the Justice Department. The former provided false information about Mr. Campbell to the media. The latter provided false information about Mr. Campbell to Senate and House committees."

Cloak and Dagger

After Campbell spent decades working for the CIA, he was "turned over" to the FBI for counterintelligence work due to relationships he had forged deep within the Russian uranium industry. While undercover, Campbell was required by the Russians - under threat, to launder large sums of money, allowing the FBI to uncover a massive Russian "nuclear money laundering apparatus.

The Russians forced Campbell to deliver bribes from Maryland transportation company TLI in $50,000 increments to Russian nuclear official Vadim Mikerin of Russian state-owned uranium subsidiary, Tenex. Campbell did so under the direction of the FBI in order to maintain his cover, fronting hundreds of thousands of dollars he says he was never reimbursed for.

While undercover, Campbell collected over 5,000 documents and briefs over a six-year period beginning in 2009, some of which are said to detail efforts by Moscow to route money to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) through lobbying firm APCO Worldwide - including video evidence of bribe money related to the Uranium One deal being stuffed into suitcases. 

“The contract called for four payments of $750,000 over twelve months. APCO was expected to give assistance free of charge to the Clinton Global Initiative as part of their effort to create a favorable environment to ensure the Obama administration made affirmative decisions on everything from Uranium One to the U.S.-Russia Civilian Nuclear Cooperation agreement.“ -William Campbell

Officials with APCO - the lobbying firm accused of funneling the money to the Clinton Global Initiative, told The Hill that its support for CGI and its work for Russia were not connected in any way, and involved different divisions of the firm.

As a result of Campbell's work, the FBI pieced together evidence of a "Russian uranium dominance strategy" involving Tenex, TLI, and a pay-for-play scheme to route money to the Clinton charity to obtain approval from the Obama administration for the purchase of Uranium One, while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State. 

In January, TLI co-president Mark Lambert was charged in an 11-count indictment in connection with the scheme, while Vadim Mikerin, who resides in Maryland, was prosecuted in 2015 and is halfway through a four-year sentence.

Despite the FBI's knowledge of the money laundering scheme - while Robert Mueller was the Director, the Obama administration approved the related deal for Tenex to purchase Uranium One. 

When Campbell asked the FBI why all of the illegal schemes he uncovered weren't being prosecuted, he was explicitly told it was political: 

“I remember one response I got from an agent when I asked how it was possible CFIUS would approve the Uranium One sale when the FBI could prove Rosatom was engaged in criminal conduct.  His answer: ‘Ask your politics,’ ” Campbell said.  

To thank him for his service, the FBI presented Campbell with a check for $51,000 at a 2016 celebration dinner in Chrystal City, VA. This was, of course, before the 2016 election - and before Congress began digging into relationships involving Russia.

“My FBI handlers praised my work," testified Campbell. "They told me on various occasions that details from the undercover probe had been briefed directly to FBI top officials. On two occasions my handlers were particularly excited, claiming that my undercover work had been briefed to President Obama as part of his daily presidential briefing,” Campbell told Congress.


In a move which can only be interpreted as an effort to protect the FBI, the Obama administration and the Clintons, AG Jeff Sessions and Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein originally tried to suggest the nuclear bribery case uncovered by Campbell is not connected to the Uranium One deal

Via John Solomon of The Hill last November: 

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.”

In response, several congressional republicans pushed back:

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."

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 journalist Sara Carter in December, adding “This should raise serious questions.

Following the outcry, Sessions ordered Justice Department prosecutors to begin asking FBI agents to explain what they did with Campbell's evidence, and why it didn't factor into the Uranium One deal, according to NBC news. Where that investigation has gone, one can only imagine.

A senior law enforcement official who was briefed on the initial FBI investigation told NBC News there were allegations of corruption surrounding the process under which the U.S. government approved the sale. But no charges were filed.

And now, Victoria Toensing has another serious question for Jeff Sessions; will he get to the bottom of the coordinated effort to smear William Douglas Campbell - a man who dutifully served the CIA and FBI for decades until he chose an opportune moment to reveal a monumental corruption? We aren't holding our breath, but hey - Inspector General Michael Horowitz was CC'd on the letter, so there's hope. 


J S Bach Thu, 02/22/2018 - 18:20 Permalink

THIS... is the real crime.  All of the millions of dollars Mueller has wasted on the Russia/Trump dossier bullshit could have been better spent on simply looking inside Hillary's yeast-infected pantaloons to see this blatant corruption and treason.  The witch and her most-chaste-spouse must be burned at the stake in tandem.

Got The Wrong No zorba THE GREEK Thu, 02/22/2018 - 22:12 Permalink

According to Qanon the shit is about to hit the fan. Nunes is getting ready to subpoena several FBI brass and the illegal voter report is coming within 2 weeks. This is where the tables begin to turn. Patience will be rewarded. Trump let all these pieces of shit expose and hang themselves. Even Obama has lawyered up. Check out some of the Qanon vids on Youtube. Dr. Jerome Corsi does a good job of explaining what is going on. Qanon drops info periodically so there are ongoing vids.  I get more optimistic with each drop.

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Koba the Dread loveyajimbo Thu, 02/22/2018 - 21:29 Permalink

Let me back up gatorengineer. He said (and I've cleaned up his abysmal spelling and orthography), " Don't be mad a Mueller, he's following his orders. The blame for [t]his inaction rests with Trump and no one else."

While I choose to be furious with Mueller for being such a criminal whore, he is just following orders. Those orders aren't being given by Donald Trump.

However, as chief executive, Donald Trump has the authority to order Jeff Sessions to do his job, investigate and indict where appropriate those who are giving Mueller his orders.


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hxc natronic Fri, 02/23/2018 - 00:14 Permalink

I feel bad for old people by default (seriously I feel sad unless they are very successful) but jeeze, the elder-abuse thing totally ignores how caretakers in senior homes are abused by the senior residents. I know a few people that have been beaten the hell out of by some old guy (or gal) for helping him/her take a shower... Sad all around since there is definitely elder abuse going on too.


The weed thing is beyond the pale, but Sessions hasn't taken any real action against it, unlike FAGBAMA who had his little DEA shutting down legal dispensaries... the guy even had various local police departments smashing up SMOKE SHOPS that just sell cigarettes, lighters and pipes...

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hxc Westcoastliberal Fri, 02/23/2018 - 00:20 Permalink

but you're a west coast liberal? i'm a west coast anarcho capitalist with a black girlfriend (who is also a far right-libertarian conspiracy theorist like me) and both of us spit on you gutter trash.


What swamp do you want to be drained? Your mom's basement flooded with your big mac wrappers, slimy/gelatinous diarrheatic turds, and rotting Nintendo magazines??? I could see your username being a joke, but if you can't think beyond "MEH evil not abolished yet, Trump is NWO trash" then I can't help you.

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Chupacabra-322 Thu, 02/22/2018 - 18:24 Permalink

Their absolute, complete, open in our Faces 

Tyrannical Lawlessness 

isn’t “Hidden in plain view” anymore.

It’s out in the open, for all the World to see.




The era of both Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopath Crime Syndicate families of the Bush’s, Clinton’s, Obama’s their Criminal Agents, Operatives, NGO’s & Front Companies in the Highly Compartmentalized Levels of Intelligence from around the World GCHQ is mercifully coming to an end.  That’s speaking in terms of the last 29 years between the Criminal Bush’s, Clinton’s & Obama’s but more specifically the CIA ability to Infiltrate all “Intelligence” Agencies, NGO’s & Front Companies with Agent & Operatives assets over the decades.  The Information Super Highway Criminal Counter Intelligence Surveillance & targeting of a Political opponent.  The ramifications of where we find ourselves at this critical moment cannot be understated.


Their future can be summed up from this quote from “Poppy” Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopath Bush Senior.


"If the people knew what we had done, they would chase us down the street and lynch us." George H.W. Bush to journalist Sarah McClendon


You need to go all the way back to the days when governor Clinton allowed the CIA to run guns into Central America and sell drugs on the streets of America.  He gave them top cover they game him & Hillary a lifetime pass.  


In return, The American People received Tyrannical Lawlessness.




Bush Senior +Bill & Hillary Clinton + Bush Jr. (Cheany Handler) + Obama = CIA


That’s 30 years of Infiltration at all Levels of every Intel, Law Enforcement Agencies, DOJ & virtually every Level of Government, NGO & Front Companies by the aforementioned Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths at the CIA since they Executed Kenndedy.


30 + years of the Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths at the CIA inflicting Tyrannical Lawlessness upon the American People.


This, from my perspective will end very badly.  Nothing less then “Scorched Earth” will surface when dealing with these Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths.  And, quite frankly, I don’t have a problem with spilling their blood.  


The time has come for bold leadership, fearless decision making & the absolute, total, complete Elimination of the CIA.  


The National Security Elimination Act of 2018 will achieve that goal with one stroke of a pen.  


The United States survived quite nicely for 130+ years with neither a Criminal FBI, CIA, IRS nor the Federal Reserve. Let's return to those better days ASAP.


As easily as The National Security Act was signed in 1947 it can & must be Eliminated.


Last time I checked.


We, the Republic owes absolutely NO alegence to any of the three Crimes Familes I mentioned or the Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths at the CIA.


Eliminate the Familes & the House of Cards Collapse.



”Let Justice Prevail or the Heavens Fall.”



lincolnsteffens Chupacabra-322 Thu, 02/22/2018 - 18:55 Permalink

Now tell us how you really feel and why. ;>)

PS - You left out the illegal collection of certain taxes by the IRS and other agencies.

I just got an excise tax bill for a "motor vehicle". If you  look at the legal definition of a "motor vehicle" you will discover it is a "commercial conveyance". Under duress I got my private conveyance registered with the state even though it is not used in a commercial capacity. They twist the laws for profit and power. This leaves you and I twisting in the wind upside down.

It is all corrupt and most people have no concept of the degree of evil that has taken control of our lives.

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Rubicon727 Chupacabra-322 Thu, 02/22/2018 - 19:17 Permalink

Not to worry. Instead, keep watching how empires die. Greed, massive corruption by corporations, banks and politicians. Empires die both from within and *as* foreign entities come along that threaten said empire's CURRENCY, thusly, their MILITARY.

Enjoy the show but be sure and relate this to your children and grandchildren as they'll have to live with the dire consequences.

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Wild tree Chupacabra-322 Thu, 02/22/2018 - 19:26 Permalink

Chupa, it is now in your face without any apology, that I give you. This is the most pertinent part of the article:

"As a result of Campbell's work, the FBI pieced together evidence of a "Russian uranium dominance strategy" involving Tenex, TLI, and a pay-for-play scheme to route money to the Clinton charity to obtain approval from the Obama administration for the purchase of Uranium One, while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State. 

In January, TLI co-president Mark Lambert was charged in an 11-count indictment in connection with the scheme, while Vadim Mikerin, who resides in Maryland, was prosecuted in 2015 and is halfway through a four-year sentence.

Despite the FBI's knowledge of the money laundering scheme - while Robert Mueller was the Director, the Obama administration approved the related deal for Tenex to purchase Uranium One. "

At a minimum, we collectively should insist that the Manchurian candidate Obummer be outed, Hitlery and her cigar probing hubby, along with the top officials involved of the FBI, CIA, NSA should be indicted for treason.

I won't hold my breath, but we could at a minimum take on the Cc's included in that letter along with Jeff Sessions as part of the public and hold their feet to our collective fire. I issue the challenge to all of ZH that agree on the tyrannical, egregious nature of all this BS from the POTUS on down. Opinions, and words do matter. Write to these cockroaches to put them on notice.

Alternatively, we could just all roll over in silence and see what the latest news on the Kardashians is. Then on to American idol; this here politicks is just too hard to understand. Besides; the politick apparatus are all one toke over the line. Including that thar Jeffff Sexions.

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lurker since 2012 Thu, 02/22/2018 - 18:34 Permalink

I could not read past the part of Isikoff's name ......

This what needs to happen pronto.

The two official's (DOJ) and Isikoff's need to be arrested and charges with Obstruction of Justice. That would give the swamp something to think about. What would Isikoff's trial be like? Q> Tell us ( Isikoff's ) you have met Christopher Steele, is he a English fag or what?

A.Whats a fag?

Usage notes. In North America, fag is often considered highly offensive, although some gay people have tried to reclaim it. (Compare faggot.) The humorousness of derived terms fag hag and fag stag is sometimes considered to lessen their offensiveness