Senator John Barrasso is demanding for the documents related to the FBI’s investigation into the Russian Uranium One Deal from the Department of Justice. The Investigations had found evidence of the Russian officials engaging in the bribery, kickbacks and millions of dollars flowing in to the Clinton Foundation before the deal was approved by the U.S. Government.
Barasso has been previously raising concerns about the deals too, which ultimately gave Russia control of 20 percent of the U.S. uranium supply since the year 2010. The Obama administration had ignored the Senator’s requests for the documents after the New York Times published a report on Bill Clinton’s six figure speaking fee in Moscow to a Kremlin-linked investment bank, and the Uranium One donated a massive $2.35 million to the Clinton Foundation while the deal was awaiting approval Hilary Clinton run State Department.
Senator Brasson now seeks answers from Trump administration by asking them to help him uncover the evidence after the news report on the FBI’s evidence on of “bribery, kickbacks, extortion, and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States.”
The evidence FBI document had and the eye witness provide a detailed account on how “Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow.”
He also sent a letter to the Jeff Sessions – Attorney General – on Thursday in which he asked for information that the Justice Department had disclosed to the Committee of Foreign Investment in the US – CFIUS, which approved the sale of Uranium One to a Russian government-owned company.
“I am contacting you to express my deep concern with recent revelations that the Obama administration approved a 2010 sale of American uranium reserves to the Russian government despite evidence that Russian nuclear energy officials engaged in corrupt conduct on U.S. soil,” Barrasso had said.
“I am extremely disheartened and disturbed by recent reports indicating that CFIUS approved the Russia-Uranium One deal despite the fact that the Department of Justice, a member of CFIUS, possessed evidence of corruption by Russian nuclear energy officials in the United States. A full account of whether the Department adequately disclosed this evidence to CFIUS is critical to provide transparency to Congress and the American public.”
In his letters to Obama he wrote, “This transaction would give the Russian government control over a sizable portion of America’s uranium production capacity. Equally alarming, this sale gives ARMZ [Uranium Holding Co.] a significant stake in uranium mines in Kazakhstan.”
“As you know, Russia has a disturbing record of supporting nuclear programs in countries that are openly hostile to the United States,” Barrasso further said. “Russia has directly aided Iran’s nuclear development and agreed on October 15, 2010 to help develop Venezuela’s nuclear program. This record is at great odds with our own national security.”
Barrasso had received a response from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in March 2011, which defended the deal since it did not also give Uranium One a license to export uranium.
Barrasso’s letter to the Treasury Department in 2015 also asked for copies of any more letters and emails from any other agency that participated in the CFIUS review and had expressed any concerns regarding the national security implications of the deal. He never received a response.
Barrasso is now asking Senator Sessions for all the documents related to the FBI investigation, and names and positions of individuals within the department who might have been responsible for what information was shared with CFIUS giving a deadline of October 1st.
On this matter, President Trump commented, “If the mainstream media would cover the uranium scandal and that Russia has 20 percent of the uranium, for whatever reason, and a lot of people understand what those reasons may be, I think that’s your Russia story. That’s your real Russia story, not a story where they talk about collusion and there was none.”