Published: Wed, October 18, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

New Russian Nuclear Scandal Raises New Questions About Clinton Foundation

Federal agents used a confidential US 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.

The Hill's release of information on the collusion between American corporate interests, USA government agencies and Russian Federation seems to be all-new material.

In an exclusive article Tuesday, The Hill newspaper reported that as early as 2009, Russian operatives had "compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act".

"The Russians were compromising American contractors in the nuclear industry with kickbacks and extortion threats, all of which raised legitimate national-security concerns", one veteran of the case told The Hill. And none of that evidence got aired before the Obama administration made those decisions, ' a person who worked the case told the paper.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) did not bring immediate charges upon learning of the corruption in 2010, but kept investigating the matter for almost four more years, leaving the American public and Congress in the dark.

The two U.S. -Russia deals in question happened in 2010 and 2011.

The deal, which won agency approval in 2010, allowed Rosatom, the Russian atomic energy agency, gain control of US uranium stockpiles. In between that time, President Obama's multi-agency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) gave approval to Russia's Rosatom to buy a Canadian mining company called Uranium One that controlled 20 percent of America's uranium deposits.

House Intelligence chair Mike Rogers claimed to the Hill that no one ever mentioned the case at all to him, despite already-extant concerns over the Uranium One deal on Capitol Hill. Before, the subsidiary could only sell reprocessed uranium from dismantled Soviet nuclear weapons.

Author Peter Schweitzer and the New York Times revealed in 2015 that Bill Clinton had collected hundreds of thousands in Russian speaking fees, and his foundation collected millions from parties with interest in the nuclear deal.

Former attorney general Eric Holder also sat on the CFIUS that green lighted the deal, but officials said they didn't know whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the Justice Department told committee members about the bribe scheme that got uncovered.

Spokespeople for Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder, and the DOJ did not return The Hill's requests for comment.

The chair of the House Intelligence Committee at the time of the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe, Mike Rogers, said he was never told of the case despite multiple lawmakers having serious concerns about the Obama administration's Uranium One deal.

He added: "The Russian efforts to manipulate our American political enterprise is breathtaking".

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