It seems that there is a case to be made for Russian collusion within the government after all. Unfortunately for the Democrats, it’s not related to Trump, but rather the Obama administration instead.
The House Oversight Committee has begun investigating a controversial Obama-era decision which saw a Russian-backed company purchasing a uranium firm with mines in the US, said Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), according to Fox News. He added that he spoke with the federal government’s “confidential informant” on the topic, verifying his information.
The infamous Uranium One deal was a controversial one for the Obama administration, which saw a Russian state-owned firm, Rosatom, acquiring nearly 20 percent of the US’ uranium supplies. It was at a time when Hillary Clinton was the head of the State Department and personally approved the deal to go through. It turns out that the company, which was investigated for its shady backroom dealings, had relationships with former President Bill Clinton and even donated to the Clinton Foundation.
“I’ve spoken with the confidential informant that helped the FBI uncover this bribery scheme,” said Rep. DeSantis “Clearly, it’s in the public’s interest that this individual be able to tell his story to Congress.”
When asked whether or not a criminal investigation would be pending, the representative responded by saying that “It could be criminal,” but warned that the statutes of limitations may limit prosecutorial options if a case did go that far.
Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee announced that it was beginning a formal investigation into the matter, looking to find out which government agencies knew of the corruption before the deal took 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 one person working on the case, speaking on the condition of anonymity for fear of retribution, according to The Hill.
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), the committee chairman, requested that the Justice Department lift a non-disclosure agreement for a former FBI confidential informant to allow him to speak before Congress.
DeSantis added that the informant in question, who signed the non-disclosure deal with Obama administration Attorney General Eric Holder, was “threatened with reprisal” by Attorney General Loretta Lynch when he tried to come forward in 2016.
When the FBI, who were conducting the investigation, informed the Justice Department of their findings related to backroom dealings taking place, the latter chose to continue a silent inquiry for the next four years, rather than inform the committee of their suspicions. The matter was handled so quietly that many never knew there was an investigation in the first place, Assistant FBI Director Ronald Hosko for one said that “I had no idea this case was being conducted.”
The House Judiciary Committee is opening a new Russia investigation. Do you think they will find corruption?
President Trump has stated that the media outlets have repeatedly failed to cover the controversial uranium deal. “Uranium deal to Russia, with Clinton help and Obama Administration knowledge, is the biggest story that Fake Media doesn’t want to follow!” he tweeted.
As the investigation into the deal continues, many within the Obama administration will have to answer why such a transaction was approved in the first place, and whether or not they knew about the corruption prior to the arrangement.