The powerful Senate Judiciary Committee – Chaired by Chuck Grassley – has officially demanded information pertaining to an FBI cover up of a corrupt Russia nuclear deal in 2010. The Obama Administration, under Hillary Clinton’s State Department leadership, approved a controversial deal to sell America’s vital uranium stockpiles to Russia.
Senator Grassley, during a hearing with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, cited multiple news sources which showed that the FBI seemed to have engaged in a cover up of its investigation into a Russian bribery scheme, started in 2009. The scheme, orchestrated by powerful Russian energy companies – with government ties – involved bribery, extortion, and money laundering.
Grassley asked, “According to government documents and recent news reports, the Justice Department had an ongoing criminal investigation for bribery, extortion, money laundering, into officials for a Russian company making purchase of Uranium One. That purchase was approved during previous administration and resulted in Russians owning 20 percent of America’s uranium mining capacity. What are you doing to find out how Russian takeover of American uranium was allowed to occur despite criminal conduct by Russian company that the Obama administration approved to make the purchase?”
Sessions responded by saying that, “I would offer that some people have gone to jail in that transaction already, but the article talks about other issues. Without confirming or denying existence of any particular investigation, I would say I hear your concerns and they will be reviewed.”
In response to their conversation, Senate Judiciary aides sent formal requests for the information to the 10 federal agencies involved with the Russian uranium deal.
Grassley is also expected to start subpoenaing potential witnesses soon, and using the full power of the Judiciary Committee to supercharge the investigation. It is clear that Grassley has no confidence in the Obama Administration’s 2010 assurances that there was allegedly no known reason for blocking the Russia uranium deal.
Grassley wrote to the Homeland Security the past week saying, “I am not convinced by these assurances. The sale of Uranium One resulted in a Russian government takeover of a significant portion of U.S. uranium mining capacity. In light of that fact, very serious questions remain about the basis for the finding that this transaction did not threaten to impair U.S. national security.”
Grassley in his other letters to Sessions also wrote that, “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. 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 had added.
Grassley has demanded answers from the agencies by Oct. 26.