Sessions Vows to Review Obama's Uranium Deal With Russia


That sale, which gave Moscow control of more than 20 percent of US uranium, is under new scrutiny after Tuesday reports that the FBI was investigating the Russian nuclear agency that acquired the uranium mine for a global bribery scheme before the sale was approved and that key members of Congress were not informed about the Russian scheme.

A confidential US witness working in the Russian nuclear industry helped federal agents gather financial records, make secret recordings, and intercept email starting in 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised USA trucking company Transport Logistics International, in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Sources told The Hill there was an eyewitness account, backed by documents, indicating Russian nuclear officials routed millions of dollars created to benefit former President Bill Clinton's charitable foundation during the time Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow.

A USA investigator who worked on the case told The Hill "legitimate national security concerns" were never publicly aired until it was too late to prevent the deals from going through.

Despite the evidence obtained by 2009, the Department of Justice did not bring charges for nearly four years.

The decision sparked controversy years later, following a 2015 bombshell report: The New York Times found Moscow had paid millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation at the same time the U.S. was pondering the Rosatom deal.

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It turns out the Obama administration knew the Russians were engaged in bribery, kickbacks and extortion in order to gain control of U.S. atomic resources - yet still OK'd that 2010 deal to give Moscow control of one-fifth of America's uranium. This is contradicted by court documents showing evidence of corruption going back to 2009.

Grassley, who chairs the Judiciary Committee, is demanding more answers about the Russian takeover of a USA uranium mine-a sale approved during the Obama administration.

"Russians involved in the conspiracy were reportedly coordinating with high-level officials close to Vladimir Putin", he added.

Hillary Clinton's spokesman says she was not involved in the committee review on that decision. "The fact that Rosatom subsidiaries in the United States were under criminal investigation as a result of a USA 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". Previously, Rosatom was limited to selling just from dismantled Soviet nuclear weapons.

House Intelligence chair Mike Rogers claimed to the Hill that no one ever mentioned the case at all to him, despite already-extant concerns over the Uranium One deal on Capitol Hill. Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State at the time.

The chair of the House Intelligence Committee at the time of the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe, Mike Rogers, said he was never told of the case despite multiple lawmakers having serious concerns about the Obama administration's Uranium One deal. Even the assistant Federal Bureau of Investigation director in charge of criminal cases was not made aware of the trial despite the criminal charges.