LOCK HER UP: Attorney General Jeff Sessions, DOJ to Reexamine Uranium One Case
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is making moves to investigate the Uranium One case, by instructing Justice Department prosecutors to question FBI agents regarding the deal that has been linked to Bill and Hillary Clinton.
At issue is a 2010 transaction in which the Obama Administration allowed the sale of U.S. uranium mining facilities to Russia’s state atomic energy company. Hillary Clinton was secretary of state at the time, and the State Department was one of nine agencies that agreed to approve the deal after finding no threat to U.S. national security.
Uranium One had 2 licensed mining operations in Wyoming in 2010, making up about 20 percent of all of the uranium production in the U.S.
From 2009 to 2013, Russians gained control, through three separate transactions. The Canadian chairman of Uranium One, Ian Telfer, transferred $2.35 million in donations from his family foundation to the Clinton Foundation during that time (through 4 donations). In true Clinton fashion, they “forgot” to disclose those donations.
Others associated with Uranium One made donations to the Clintons, as well.
Sen John Barrasso, a Republican from Wyoming, raised objections to the sale, saying it would “give the Russian government control over a sizable portion of America’s uranium production capacity.”
The U.S. ambassador to Kazakhstan also raised concerns in cables to Clinton’s State Department that Rosatom was acting on behalf of Russia’s military intelligence agency, the GRU, to gobble up uranium mines after Russia felt “squeezed” by having their uranium imports limited by other countries.
Nonetheless, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, known as CFIUS, approved the deal by a unanimous vote, according to public reports. Clinton was just one member of the nine member CFIUS by virtue of her role as Secretary of State. The other eight members of CFIUS came from Treasury, Homeland Security, Commerce, Defense, Energy, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Office of Science & Technology, and the Justice Department.
I still don’t get how you get a unanimous vote in such a thing, when one member claims to have no association with the outcome of the vote.
A senior law enforcement official who was briefed on the initial FBI investigation told NBC News there were allegations of corruption surrounding the process under which the U.S. government approved the sale. But no charges were filed.
The Clintons, Obama, and corruption? Sounds about right.
The stinky part of this is that the Clinton Foundation received millions of dollars from some who were linked to the deal. Former President Bill Clinton got a cool half million for a speech in Moscow, from a Russian investment bank involved with the transaction.
Hillary Clinton claims she had no part in approval of the deal, and a senior State Department official who was says she did not intervene, but there are still questions, hence the current interest in a reexamination of the deal.
In a letter to Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Stephen Boyd said Justice Department lawyers would make recommendations to Sessions about whether an investigation should be opened or expanded, or whether a special counsel should be appointed to probe a number of issues of concern to Republicans.
FBI agents that had been involved in investigating the case are now being asked by DOJ prosecutors to revisit their findings. They’re also being questioned as to if there was any effort to thwart any possible prosecution. This is all part of Jeff Sessions’ efforts to get caught up on the actual deal, and quite possibly, to appease Republicans who need to toss a Russia probe back at Democrats.
Yeah. That’s where we’re at now, and it’s likely a valid concern.
And the left are howling that this is a case that does not require another look, since it has already been examined and put to bed.
A spokesman for Hillary Clinton did not answer whether she was ever briefed on the Uranium One deal.
“At every turn this storyline has been debunked on the merits,” said the spokesman, Nick Merrill. “This latest iteration is simply more of the right doing Trump’s bidding for him to distract from his own Russia problems, which are real and a grave threat to our national security.”
And he could be right. In fact, I’m about 90 percent certain this is Jeff Sessions attempting to get back in Trump’s good graces.
That doesn’t mean it doesn’t have merit, nor do the left get to play the constitutional, upright heroes, here.
When Eric Holder was in charge of the DOJ, he ordered another investigation into CIA interrogation techniques from the George W. Bush administration. That had already been investigated and no charges were filed. Holder’s DOJ didn’t file charges, either.
This particular issue may not be quite as cut-and-dried, however.
There are other threads that link Uranium One to the Clintons. How hard Sessions chooses to tug on those and what unravels will be catnip for online conspiracy theorists, for many months.