Obama and Hillary Approved Giving 20% of US Uranium to Russia. The Clinton Foundation Received $145 Million from the Deal.

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Before the Obama administration approved a deal in 2010 giving Moscow control over 20% of American uranium, the FBI had gathered evidence that the Russian nuclear industry was engaged in bribery and kickback with an American trucking firm that transported the uranium. Hillary Clinton’s State Department signed off on the sale of US uranium to Russia.  The Clinton Foundation received $145 million in donations from people connected to the deal, as reported by the New York Times.

Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, 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 United States, according to government documents and interviews.

Federal agents used a confidential U.S. 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.

They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating 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, sources told The Hill.

The racketeering scheme was conducted “with the consent of higher level officials” in Russia who “shared the proceeds” from the kickbacks, one agent declared in an affidavit years later.

Rather than bring immediate charges in 2010, however, the Department of Justice (DOJ) continued investigating the matter for nearly four more years, essentially leaving the American public and Congress in the dark about Russian nuclear corruption on U.S. soil during a period when the Obama administration made two major decisions benefiting Putin’s commercial nuclear ambitions.

The first decision occurred in October 2010, when the State Department and government agencies on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States unanimously approved the partial sale of Canadian mining company Uranium One to the Russian nuclear giant Rosatom, giving Moscow control of more than 20 percent of America’s uranium supply.

When this sale was used by Trump on the campaign trail last year, Hillary Clinton’s spokesman said she was not involved in the committee review and noted the State Department official who handled it said she “never intervened … on any [Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States] matter.”

In 2011, the administration gave approval for Rosatom’s Tenex subsidiary to sell commercial uranium to U.S. nuclear power plants in a partnership with the United States Enrichment Corp. Before then, Tenex had been limited to selling U.S. nuclear power plants reprocessed uranium recovered from dismantled Soviet nuclear weapons under the 1990s Megatons to Megawatts peace program.

“The Russians were compromising American contractors in the nuclear industry with kickbacks and extortion threats, all of which raised legitimate national security concerns. And none of that evidence got aired before the Obama administration made those decisions,” a person who worked on the case told The Hill, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution by U.S. or Russian officials.

The Obama administration’s decision to approve Rosatom’s purchase of Uranium One has been a source of political controversy since 2015.

That’s when conservative author Peter Schweitzer and The New York Times documented how Bill Clinton collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in Russian speaking fees and his charitable foundation collected millions in donations from parties interested in the deal while Hillary Clinton presided on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

The Obama administration and the Clintons defended their actions at the time, insisting there was no evidence that any Russians or donors engaged in wrongdoing and there was no national security reason for any member of the committee to oppose the Uranium One deal.

But FBI, Energy Department and court documents reviewed by The Hill show the FBI in fact had gathered substantial evidence well before the committee’s decision that Vadim Mikerin — the main Russian overseeing Putin’s nuclear expansion inside the United States — was engaged in wrongdoing starting in 2009.

Then-Attorney General Eric Holder was among the Obama administration officials joining Hillary Clinton on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States at the time the Uranium One deal was approved. Multiple current and former government officials told The Hill they did not know whether the FBI or DOJ ever alerted committee members to the criminal activity they uncovered.

Spokesmen for Holder and Clinton did not return calls seeking comment. The Justice Department also didn’t comment.

Mikerin was a director of Rosatom’s Tenex in Moscow since the early 2000s, where he oversaw Rosatom’s nuclear collaboration with the United States under the Megatons to Megwatts program and its commercial uranium sales to other countries. In 2010, Mikerin was dispatched to the U.S. on a work visa approved by the Obama administration to open Rosatom’s new American arm called Tenam.

Between 2009 and January 2012, Mikerin “did knowingly and willfully combine, conspire confederate and agree with other persons … to obstruct, delay and affect commerce and the movement of an article and commodity (enriched uranium) in commerce by extortion,” a November 2014 indictment stated.

His illegal conduct was captured with the help of a confidential witness, an American businessman, who began making kickback payments at Mikerin’s direction and with the permission of the FBI. The first kickback payment recorded by the FBI through its informant was dated Nov. 27, 2009, the records show.

In evidentiary affidavits signed in 2014 and 2015, an Energy Department agent assigned to assist the FBI in the case testified that Mikerin supervised a “racketeering scheme” that involved extortion, bribery, money laundering and kickbacks that were both directed by and provided benefit to more senior officials back in Russia.

“As part of the scheme, Mikerin, with the consent of higher level officials at TENEX and Rosatom (both Russian state-owned entities) would offer no-bid contracts to US businesses in exchange for kickbacks in the form of money payments made to some offshore banks accounts,” Agent David Gadren testified.

“Mikerin apparently then shared the proceeds with other co-conspirators associated with TENEX in Russia and elsewhere,” the agent added.

The investigation was ultimately supervised by then-U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein, an Obama appointee who now serves as President Trump’s deputy attorney general, and then-Assistant FBI Director Andrew McCabe, now the deputy FBI director under Trump, Justice Department documents show.

Both men now play a key role in the current investigation into possible, but still unproven, collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s campaign during the 2016 election cycle. McCabe is under congressional and Justice Department inspector general investigation in connection with money his wife’s Virginia state Senate campaign accepted in 2015 from now-Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe at a time when McAuliffe was reportedly under investigation by the FBI. The probe is not focused on McAuliffe’s conduct but rather on whether McCabe’s attendance violated the Hatch Act or other FBI conflict rules.

The connections to the current Russia case are many. The Mikerin probe began in 2009 when Robert Mueller, now the special counsel in charge of the Trump case, was still FBI director. And it ended in late 2015 under the direction of then-FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired earlier this year.

Its many twist and turns aside, the FBI nuclear industry case proved a gold mine, in part because it uncovered a new Russian money laundering apparatus that routed bribe and kickback payments through financial instruments in Cyprus, Latvia and Seychelles. A Russian financier in New Jersey was among those arrested for the money laundering, court records show.

The case also exposed a serious national security breach: Mikerin had given a contract to an American trucking firm called Transport Logistics International that held the sensitive job of transporting Russia’s uranium around the United States in return for more than $2 million in kickbacks from some of its executives, court records show.

One of Mikerin’s former employees told the FBI that Tenex officials in Russia specifically directed the scheme to “allow for padded pricing to include kickbacks,” agents testified in one court filing.

Bringing down a major Russian nuclear corruption scheme that had both compromised a sensitive uranium transportation asset inside the U.S. and facilitated international money laundering would seem a major feather in any law enforcement agency’s cap.

But the Justice Department and FBI took little credit in 2014 when Mikerin, the Russian financier and the trucking firm executives were arrested and charged.

The only public statement occurred a year later when the Justice Department put out a little-noticed press release in August 2015, just days before Labor Day. The release noted that the various defendants had reached plea deals.

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DrJuan
DrJuan
2 years ago

Talk about corrupt Russian dealings, Bill and Hillary take the cake. I think they are instigating attacks on Trump under the theory that the best defense is a good offense. But IMHO they got speaking fees and donations to the Hillary fund in exchange for approving the deal. Who knows, with the dark secrets these to hold in their past and rise to power, they may have even been blackmailed into it. If any of this uranium aided and abetted Iran and N. Korea going nuclear, the Clinton’s should get recognized as the two biggest traitors the county has seen… Read more »

Bill Goode
Bill Goode
2 years ago

What’s all this worry over the US selling it’s uranium to Russia? What are we going to do with it? Make more bombs? As if we didn’t have enough bombs already. We shouldn’t need the uranium for nuclear power plants, as we should be using thorium instead. If the Russians want the uranium, fine, let ’em have it. We don’t need it for energy and certainly not for more bombs. We already have enough bombs to blow up the planet a hundred times over. How many times should we be prepared to blow up the planet?

Steve
Steve
2 years ago
Reply to  Bill Goode

Goode, you missed the point. The Clinton Foundation received millions of dollars in “donations” in return for allowing the sale to take place. It wasn’t toys for tots or for baskets of turkey dinners for the poor at Christmas or money that went to the Social Security fund and it wasn’t put into an emergency fund which could have been used to help clean up the Fukushima disaster, or money used for infrastructure …. it was for the CLINTON Foundation. It’s Tony Soprano squared.

Bill Goode
Bill Goode
2 years ago
Reply to  Steve

So I guess we needn’t worry about the Clinton’s crimes, just how much money they are making. We needn’t worry about the IRS scandals or government abuse of the citizens or the pedophilia that’s happening. We needn’t worry about the US having troops in 700 locations around the world, abusing the peoples of foreign countries.

No, we need to focus our attention on how much money the Clintons are making and how many times the Russians will be capable of blowing up the planet.

This story is pretty low on my priorities to deal with.

Steve
Steve
2 years ago
Reply to  Bill Goode

Goode, you make several good points. Forgive me for being so negative. I guess what I’d like to see is anything happen that should happen – like Hillary and her pedophile pals getting what they deserve. The fact that none of them is being prosecuted just points out how deep the corruption has gone. They keep covering up their crimes and when that is the only thing they are good at, we’re just shit out of luck. Good God, that one sailor went to jail for taking a picture of the inside of his ship for his folks and he’s… Read more »

Bill Goode
Bill Goode
2 years ago
Reply to  Steve

Several weeks ago Trump made a comment about being in “the calm before the storm”. The media and most everyone interpreted that to mean the storm would be a war with North Korea. I don’t think so. The full Warren Commission report is due to be released on 26 October and I believe that is the storm that Trump was talking about. If Trump indeed does release the full report, that coiuld release a very significant cavalcade of events. It could serve as the catalyst to jailing the banking cabal. I doubt the Clntions had anything to do with the… Read more »

Steve
Steve
2 years ago
Reply to  Bill Goode

Very well put and I’m with you 100% on this.