One of the top justice and law enforcement officials in the Trump administration made an announcement that is sure to have Democrats worried.
According to Fox News, Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed prosecutors to look into the controversial Uranium One deal orchestrated by the Obama administration and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Mr. Sessions recently made an announcement that he has ordered senior federal prosecutors to evaluate “certain issues” requested by Congressional Republicans concerning the questionable Uranium One deal made in 2009. Among other things, the sale saw over 20 percent of America’s uranium reserves exchange hands with the Kremlin as The Clinton Foundation continued to receive donations from some of the very same people.
The Justice Department responded to July 27th and September 26th requests from the House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), and other committee members who called for an appointment of a second Special Counsel to investigate the affair.
“The Attorney General has directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues raised in your letters,” Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote.
These senior prosecutors will report directly to the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General (Rod Rosenstein) as appropriate, and will make recommendations as to whether any matters not currently under investigation should be opened, whether any matters currently under investigation require further resources, or whether any matters merit the appointment of a Special Counsel,” Boyd added.
The Justice Department also confirmed that prosecutors were already investigating some topics that were requested by Mr. Goodlatte.
The Hill first reported the story of how the FBI, in 2009, was well aware of the bribery and corruption taking place amidst the controversial uranium deal. When the information was presented to the Obama administration’s Justice Department, they chose to conduct a quiet investigation for the next four years, allowing the questionable deal to become finalized.
Hillary Clinton, who was head of the State Department at the time, was one of the committee members who approved the arrangement. According to Breitbart, her husband, former-President Bill Clinton, had received generous donations for speeches in Moscow, and Mrs. Clinton had received millions of dollars in contributions to her foundation around the same time that this deal was taking place.
“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,” said an unnamed investigator on the case at the time.
Mrs. Clinton recently gave an interview with C-SPAN in which she denied any accusations that she was bribed to approve the deal, calling it “baloney” and that the allegations were “debunked repeatedly.”
Attorney General Sessions has directed federal prosecutors to look into the Uranium One deal. Is this the right thing to do?
The President, in contrast, described the deal as the “Watergate” of the 21st century. “I think the uranium sale to Russia, in the way it was done, so underhanded with tremendous amounts of money being passed, I actually think that is Watergate, modern age,” said Mr. Trump, according to CNN.
Americans deserve to know the truth about what happened in 2009. Hopefully, this investigation will get to the bottom of what transpired.