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FBI Knew of Russian Bribery as Obama & Clinton Approved Uranium Deal

by Countable | 12.21.17

UPDATE – December 12, 2017: The Justice Department, acting under the orders of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has reportedly begun questioning FBI agents about evidence they discovered during their Uranium One investigation.

The report comes from NBC News, which spoke with multiple law enforcement officials.

“The interviews with FBI agents are part of the Justice Department's effort to fulfill a promise an assistant attorney general made to Congress last month to examine whether a special counsel was warranted to look into what has become known as the Uranium One deal,” the outlet writes, citing a senior DOJ official.


UPDATED – October 30, 2017: Under the alleged urging of President Donald Trump, the Justice Department has given a former FBI informant the approval to testify before Congress on the Uranium One deal. The informant’s lawyer claimed his client would discuss his work “uncovering the Russian nuclear bribery case and the efforts he witnessed by Moscow to gain influence with [former president Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton] in hopes of winning favorable uranium decisions from the Obama administration.”

Countable’s earlier story appears below.


What’s the story?

In 2010, the Obama administration approved a controversial deal to provide a Russian company with American uranium. Seven years later, the controversy continues to grow: The Hill has learned that prior to the deal, the FBI had "gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the [U.S.]."

This includes routing millions of dollars to former President Bill Clinton’s The Clinton Foundation at a time when Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State. The uranium deal was approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), of which Secretary Clinton was a member.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has launched a probe into the case.

Why does it matter?

According to The Hill’s report, the FBI had evidence "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." The Department of Justice, however, continued investigating the allegations for four more years, “essentially leaving the American public and Congress in the dark about Russian nuclear corruption on U.S. soil.”

During the intervening years, the CFIUS, as Newsweek explained, "unanimously agreed to a partial sale of the Canadian mining company Uranium One to Rosatom, a major Russian nuclear company, effectively handing Moscow control of 20 percent of the U.S.’s uranium supply."

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has vowed to "get to the bottom of this issue." The committee sent letters to 10 federal agencies, demanding they disclose whether – and when – they were aware that the FBI had information about the Uranium One deal.

In a letter to the Department of Homeland Security obtained by The Hill, Grassley wrote he was "not convinced by these assurances" the Obama administration gave in 2015 that they had no evidence suggesting they block the Rosatom deal.

"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 voiced some of these concerns during Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ hearing yesterday.

"Has the Justice Department fully investigated whether the Russians compromised the Obama administration’s decisions to smooth the way for transactions?" Grassley asked Sessions.

The AG responded, "It wouldn’t be appropriate for me to comment on any ongoing investigation."

The Obama administration and Hillary Clinton have denied having knowledge of any Russian bribery before they inked the deal.

The current administration, meanwhile, has accused the media of ignoring this story. President Trump tweeted early Thursday morning:

What do you think?

Like Grassley, are you "no longer convinced by these assurances" of the Obama administration? Or do you support the administration’s claims that there was no evidence of wrongdoing at the time they made the deal? Should the DOJ have come forward with the information earlier? Hit Take Action and tell your reps how this investigation should proceed, then tell us below.

—Josh Herman

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  • Nancy leigh
    10/19/2017
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    Per Pulitzer Prize winning, Politifact : In 2010, Hillary Clinton, as secretary of state, was ONE of NINE federal agency heads to sign off on Russia’s purchase of a controlling stake in Uranium One. It was part of a regular process for approving international deals involving strategic assets, such as uranium, that could have implications for national security. As Politifact has detailed, some investors with an interest in making the deal go through have a long-time relationship with Bill Clinton and have donated to the Clinton Foundation. But there’s no concrete evidence those relationships,or donations,helped make the deal go through. Most of the donations occurred BEFORE Hillary Clinton could have known she would become secretary of state. And again, the secretary of state was one of nine agency heads that had input into the final decision. It sounds far less ominous when given all the facts, doesn't it? I think this is just another diversion tactic by the current administration. And, as an Iowan, I am extremely disappointed in you, Senator Grassley, for your part in this distraction. Nancy L Harless 1674 346 5) Ave Wever, IA 52658

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  • Dave
    10/20/2017
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    I smell Russian red herring... The coals must be getting hot to roll out such a convoluted accusation. But, it is cast at the two names conservatives hate the most.. Obama and Clinton. This ought to distract the bleating electorate away from Chump’s business partners at the Kremlin. Das verdana comrades..

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  • Bobby
    10/20/2017
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    Another commenter wrote: "This was a clear act of treason. It’s time to prosecute everyone involved; no exceptions for Obama or crooked Hillary." As a liberal I have no problem with this at all if there is evidence to prove they were somehow involved in this. But do you (or the folks who liked your comment) feel the same way about Trump? If it turns out that he took part in Russia's efforts to interfere in our election would you be willing to say the same thing? If it turns out that he engaged in other nefarious acts would you say the same thing? It's disturbing how much you Trump supporters worship him. I don't worship Hilary or Obama. If we find out they've committed felonies then of course they should be prosecuted. For some reason Trump supporters refuse to believe it's even possible for Trump to do any wrong.

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  • KansasTamale
    10/19/2017
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    Seems really convenient that this story is just now being brought up. Smoke & mirrors to cover up the Trump -Niger - (Benghazi) affair. Excon Mobile and Russia want the oil in Niger. Tillerson & Putin talked Trump into putting Chad on the antifriend list. Chad has the best fighters in the Congo area & they were fighting ISis in Niger. Chad was angered at what Trump & Tillerson did. They pulled their fighters. 3 days after those fighters were pulled from Niger our 1st casualties happened. Then this group of 4 heroes were assassinated by Isis fighters. This is ALL ON TRUMP & TILLERSON. THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATHS. Proof. http://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/watch/joe-we-must-stay-focused-on-what-happened-in-niger-1077672003961

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  • Kathryn
    10/20/2017
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    Nonsense. Just another conspiracy hatched to redirect atttention from the train wreck that is Trump. Hillary was one of 9 government officials who signed off on it, and it was spent uranium, not pure. Read the facts.

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  • John
    10/19/2017
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    I've tried to make sense out of this story and many sources preceding it. One thing is for sure. The Russians have been using subversive techniques to gain world influence for a long time now and it seems that our government was either naïve to it or blind to it in many instances. They were obviously courting the Russians back in the 2010's, just as Trump did until recently. They were glad-handing a Russian charitable donor who appeared to be a philanthropist. The uranium company that owned the mining rights in the US had many owners, Canadian most clearly so the US did not "sell uranium to Russia directly" or give it away as many pundits say. It was however "given approval" without proper scrutiny. A similar Chinese deal was blocked as was a purchase of US ports by the Saudis until Trump reversed that decision and allowed the sale to take place. No uranium was supposedly to be shipped out of the US however some was sent to Canada, after that? The trucking company implicated in the bribes was involved. The whole thing stinks, but then so does the Trump - Saudi thing. International deals are complicated, US and Russia uranium trade is weird - US has bought old enriched uranium from Russia including deactivated weapons. So it's hard to trace who does what. I'm sure we'll hear more about this as the Trump propaganda machine defends his other crap and the Putin regime releases or makes up more stories to discredit US news media and divide the people of the US but the truth of it I suspect is that there are continuing semi - secret or hush hush deals made constantly, have been for years. Some done for the right reasons but then things change. Some done because people are taken in by personalities. Some done because people get a cut of the deal. Many hidden from authorities for personal gain. Some impulse decisions. Some for great PR. Some to leverage a better deal somewhere else. All kinds of things. There are probably a lot of deals that we don't need to know about. National security deals, oil, uranium, major infrastructure like ports, etc. we do. More transparency needed so it isn't up to digging up incomplete details years later. We might be able to stop more uranium from going out but we need to stop these kinds of deals from going on. By the way, they still are and they'll continue to be used for political purposes when they go sour or the true intentions of either party to the deal are revealed.

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  • Nancy leigh
    10/19/2017
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    Per Pulitzer Prize winning, Politifact : In 2010, Hillary Clinton, as secretary of state, was ONE of NINE federal agency heads to sign off on Russia’s purchase of a controlling stake in Uranium One. It was part of a regular process for approving international deals involving strategic assets, such as uranium, that could have implications for national security. As Politifact has detailed, some investors with an interest in making the deal go through have a long-time relationship with Bill Clinton and have donated to the Clinton Foundation. But there’s no concrete evidence those relationships,or donations,helped make the deal go through. Most of the donations occurred BEFORE Hillary Clinton could have known she would become secretary of state. And again, the secretary of state was one of nine agency heads that had input into the final decision. It sounds far less ominous when given all the facts, doesn't it? I thought no this is just another diversion tactics by the current administration. And, as an Iowan, I am extremely disappointed in you, Senator Grassley, for your part in this distraction. Nancy L Harless 1674 346 5) Ave Wever, IA 52658

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  • Mary
    10/20/2017
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    This type of inflammatory, but unsubstantiated news seems to be outside the purpose of Countable. Do better Countable! For some balanced information regarding this... https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/10/19/making-sense-of-russia-uranium-and-hillary-clinton/

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  • Judith
    10/20/2017
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    Why doesn’t Chuck Grassley bring the same zeal to investigating Trump’s ties to Russia and the Russian influence on the 2016 election? He does nothing but drag his feet & obstruct on that issue.

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  • Brandi
    10/20/2017
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    Deflect and distract. Nevermind what the CURRENT administration is doing. Someone did something suspicious a decade ago! Ooohh!

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  • Vanessa
    10/19/2017
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    I think we should be asking Comey. Investigating private emails a bigger deal than Russians for FBI? Sounds rather like some reality star is desperate to change the subject again and hoping the lemmings will follow.. Ha! Fetch!

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  • Tadros
    10/20/2017
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    Wag the dog. Get this moron and horrid administration out of this Oval Office!

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  • Karan
    10/19/2017
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    So while Hillary was SecState in 2010 and the Administration knew about Russian attempts to subvert our countries, the Obama Administration approved Russian access to our uranium and all of sudden around the same time the Russians were coincidentally giving money to the Clinton Foundation. Seems like collusion to me but not the one that the media is reporting on

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  • Wendy
    10/20/2017
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    Forgive if I’m suspicious of this. It looks like another diversion tactic by the Republicans.

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  • Janene
    10/19/2017
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    This was a clear act of treason. It’s time to prosecute everyone involved; no exceptions for Obama or crooked Hillary.

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  • Michael
    10/20/2017
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    I’m glad this administration is finally taking an interest Russian interference in our country. Let’s investigate ALL of it. If people I like did something wrong, prosecute it. If somebody I despise did something wrong, do the same.

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  • Paul
    10/19/2017
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    I don’t trust this administration either. Again, distractions are being used to cloud what is happening currently.

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  • UnapologeticallyAmerican
    10/19/2017
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    The real Russian collusion story.

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  • Lawrence
    10/19/2017
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    I don’t trust this administration to investigate any matter, they just don’t have my confidence.

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  • Michael.J.L
    10/20/2017
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    If this is true then an investigation should absolutely take place, and if the bribery and other attempts by Russia was known prior to the deal and it was approved then those involved need to be charged appropriately. It doesn't matter which political party is involved, the law should apply to all.

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