Another influential Republican is calling for an investigation in light of newly found evidence related an old scandal.
According to The Daily Caller, a Senator not known for being dramatic wants the Department of Justice to name a Special Counsel. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), a well-respected Senator on both sides of the aisle, wants a Special Counsel to investigate the Uranium One scandal.
The Uranium One scandal is making waves on Capitol Hill again after new reports reveal apparent bribery by Russians and the corrupt individuals who may have been involved. Grassley’s request for a Special Counsel comes after probes into the Uranium One deal and into how former-President Obama’s DOJ handled the Clinton private email investigation.
According to The Hill, the probe into the Uranium One deal was to determine if the FBI knew about the corruption before the deal was approved in 2010.
Regarding the articles published by The Hill, Grassley stated, “According to government documents and recent news reports, the Justice Department had an ongoing criminal investigation for bribery, extortion, money laundering, into officials for a Russian company making purchase of Uranium One. That purchase was approved during previous administration and resulted in Russians owning 20 percent of America’s uranium mining capacity.”
Grassley asked Attorney General Jeff Session, point blank, if anything was being done to investigate the evidence: “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?”
Sessions responded vaguely: “I would offer that some people have gone to jail in that transaction already, but the article talks about other issues. Without confirming or denying existence of any particular investigation, I would say I hear your concerns and they will be reviewed.”
The concern Grassley and many others have is that the Uranium One Deal was approved in spite of obvious bribery and manipulation by the Russian government. If true, it would bring into question whether several intelligence agencies intentionally sat on the evidence until after the deal was made or if the Obama administration simply ignored it, either of which would raise a host of other questions and concerns.
Grassley made this argument when he stated: “The fact that Rosatom subsidiaries in the United States were under criminal investigation as a result of a US intelligence operation apparently around the time CFIUS approved the Uranium One/Rosatom transaction raises questions about whether that information factored into CFIUS’ decision to approve the transaction.”
Another concern is that the Clintons seem to have been complicit in accepting bribes from the Russians before the Uranium One Deal. The Clinton Foundation is purported to have received millions of dollars and Bill Clinton was paid a significant amount for a speech he gave. The money for both was facilitated by Russia and other parties interested in seeing the Uranium One deal be approved.
Sen. Chuck Grassley is calling for a Special Counsel to investigate the Uranium One deal. Should a Special Counsel lead an investigation into the matter?
Though the question of national security was raised in regard to the Uranium One deal in 2015 and determined to not be an issue, it was not known publicly at the time that the FBI and other agencies had previous knowledge of Russia’s criminal efforts to secure the deal.
Given this new information, Sen. Grassley is right that a proper investigation needs to be made to determine if the intelligence agencies were aware of criminal wrongdoing by Russia and, if so, why the deal was still approved by the Obama’s administration. He is also correct in the need to determine if the Clintons and other politicians influential in the deal accepted bribes to push it through.