Hillary Clinton’s involvement in the controversial Uranium One deal is under increasing scrutiny as Capitol Hill lawmakers take a more active role in investigating what many consider to be a major national security scandal.
According to Fox News, the US Justice Department said on Wednesday that it had lifted a gag order on a former FBI informant who participated in a Russia bribery case related to the Clinton State Department-approved sale of 20 percent of America’s uranium supply to a Kremlin-backed company.
The Justice Department’s statement says it has authorized the unnamed informant to speak directly with the leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee, House Oversight Committee, and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
The informant will be able to provide the leaders of the Congressional committees with “any information or documents he has concerning alleged corruption or bribery involving transactions in the uranium market.”
That includes information and documents related to the Russian company Rosatom, its subsidiary Tenex, the Canadian firm Uranium One, and even the Clinton Foundation. The Justice Department’s move comes after the three committees began investigations of the 2010 Uranium One deal.
The renewed interest in the deal was prompted by The Hill‘s report that noted as far back as 2009, the FBI had evidence of Russian nuclear officials using extortion, kickbacks, and bribery in relation to Rosatom’s subsidiary, Tenex.
This revelation led Congressman to question the Obama administration’s approval of the Uranium One deal in light of this information–information which was not publicized at the time Rostom’s purchase of Uranium One was greenlighted.
The deal was unanimously approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), a body that includes representatives from 16 US departments and agencies. The Clinton State Department was among the federal entities represented at the time of the Uranium One deal.
One of the leading concerns is the millions of dollars in donations given to the Clinton Foundation around the time the deal was made, coupled with former President Bill Clinton’s 2010 trip to Moscow, in which he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and was paid $500,000 for a speech. Observers point to a potential conflict of interest and influencing of CFIUS deliberations, especially considering Rosatom’s history of bribery and extortion.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is leading the charge to get to the bottom of the issue. Regarding the FBI informant, Senator Grassley said: “We ought to know about [what he knows], because transparency brings accountability.” Victoria Toensing, the informant’s attorney, says her client can “tell what all the Russians were talking about during the time that all these bribery payments were made.”
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Senator Grassley has even called on the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to investigate further, writing on Twitter: “Whoever in DOJ is capable [with] authority to appoint a special counsel [should] do so to investigate Uranium One “whoever” means if [you] aren’t recused”
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton has denied wrongdoing. As the Daily Caller notes, the former Secretary of State calls the Uranium One story “the same bologna they’ve been peddling for years, and there’s been no credible evidence by anyone. In fact, it’s been debunked repeatedly and will continue to be debunked.”