It appears that the Obama administration was well aware of the corruption that was infused into one of his administration’s most controversial foreign policy decisions.
The FBI had found ample evidence of Russian bribery, corruption, and extortion in the infamous Uranium One deal before then-President Obama and his administration approved the sale, according to The Hill.
Many Americans know of the infamous Uranium One deal in 2010, in which the Obama administration, with approval from Hillary Clinton’s State Department, sold around 20 percent of US’ uranium reserves to a Russian conglomerate with connections to the Kremlin.
As controversial as this move was, a recent investigative report from The Hill demonstrated that the FBI, Energy Department, and other agencies were well aware of the rampant corruption and backroom dealing taking place long before–and during–the Uranium One deal. However, despite making these concerns known to the Department of Justice under Obama, they did little to stop the deal, choosing, instead, to passively “investigate” it further in relative obscurity for the next four years before finally pressing charges.
The FBI’s principal suspect was Vadim Mikerin, a Russian official who was charged with overseeing Putin’s nuclear expansion within the US. Approved for a work visa by the Obama administration, he was later found guilty of extortion. An indictment read that 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.”
Numerous agents testified to the scale and complexity of this “racketeering scheme,” including lavish kickbacks to corporate executives to the tune of millions of dollars. “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,” said Agent David Gadren in his testimony.
When this information was presented to the Obama administration’s Department of Justice, they instead chose to continue a silent investigation that lasted well over four more years, leaving both the public and Congress in the dark. Former US Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), who chaired the House Intelligence Committee, said he never knew about the case at all.
“Not providing information on a corruption scheme before the Russian uranium deal was approved by US regulators and engage in appropriate congressional committees has served to undermine US national security interested by the very people charged with protecting them,” Rogers stated.
Even worse, despite being well aware of this corruption taking place, the committee chose to proceed with the deal anyway. Hillary Clinton’s State Department was one of the main agencies to review and sign off on the uranium deal. However, few at the time were aware that then-Secretary of State Clinton had received millions in donations to her Clinton Foundation from various people connected with the Uranium deal, as reported by The New York Times.
In light of this revelation, the Senate Judiciary Committee has announced a full-scale corruption probe to investigate the matter, with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) spearheading the investigation as committee chairman.
New evidence proves collusion between the Clintons and Russian entities in the Uranium One deal. Is this enough to incriminate the former-President?
“What are you doing to find out how Russian takeover of American uranium was allowed to occur despite criminal conduct by Russian company that the Obama administration approved to make the purchase?” Grassley asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions during a public hearing.
As the investigation into the Obama administration’s controversial deal continues to pick up speed, the American public will require much more information before they are fully satisfied with the scrutiny of this scandal.