New Russian Nuclear Scandal Raises New Questions About Clinton Foundation

Violet Powell
October 19, 2017

They also obtained an eyewitness account - backed by documents - indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the USA created 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 sale of Uranium One resulted in a Russian government takeover of a significant portion of USA uranium mining capacity".

Grassley noted the FBI was investigating Mikerin at the same time the Obama administration was determining whether to approve the sale of the mining company Uranium One to the Russian nuclear firm Rosatom.

Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the Federal Bureau of Investigation had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering created to grow Vladimir Putin's atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews....[Federal agents] obtained an eyewitness account - backed by documents - indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the US created 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. Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) asked Sessions about the matter during the attorney general's testimony on Wednesday.

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.

There's more: Until September 2013, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director was Robert Mueller - who's now the special counsel probing Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

He also pressed Sessions on whether he believed it would be proper for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to conduct any review or investigation of the Obama administration's handling of the uranium sale to the Russians.

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Sessions said that decision would be Rosenstein's to make, although he said he hoped that he would consult senior Justice Department ethics officials. Grassley noted that Clinton speech took place the same month the Russians began the process of acquiring the US uranium mine.

The arrest made little news at the time, but legislators told the Hill that they were concerned that the Obama administration had not disclosed reports of corruption earlier.

It's finally dawning on people: The Russian nuclear racketeering was an Obama administration scandal, which Congress ignored and the Justice Department investigated but did nothing to stop.

Two years ago and again last week, Grassley said he wrote to the Justice Department about Russia's acquisition of Uranium One.

Charges took six years to file.

Spokespeople for Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder, and the DOJ did not return The Hill's requests for comment. Was Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's "reset" with the Russian government in 2009 just part of a wider plan to enrich her own family foundation with Russian cash? "Somehow, despite all this, the Obama administration approved the transaction", he said.

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