…as the second in a series of bombshell reports by John Abraham at The Hill on the Obama administration’s cover-up of the Hillary Clinton/Russian collusion/Uranium One affair dropped this morning.
Yesterday Abraham had a fairly damning piece about how the FBI had uncovered copious amounts of evidence the Russians were “meddling” in America’s policymaking and regulatory structure by offering bribes and practicing extortion in order to gain approval for the purchase of the American subsidiary of the Canadian mineral firm Uranium One by Russian state-owned Rosatom. That sale would give the Russian government a substantial ownership share of America’s uranium reserves, and it would seem almost completely indefensible that any responsible presidential administration would allow it.
And yet despite the FBI uncovering a bribery scheme that ultimately resulted in a 48-month federal prison sentence for the Russian executive sent to America to run the bribery and extortion operation corrupting our government – they had evidence as early as 2009 that it was going on – the approval for the Uranium One sale went through in 2010. Among the agencies on the panel which approved the sale was the State Department, then-headed by Hillary Clinton.
So today, things got worse. Abraham’s latest report says not only did the FBI have evidence of the corruption, but it was buried – and still is being buried.
An American businessman who worked for years undercover as an FBI confidential witness was blocked by the Obama Justice Department from telling Congress about conversations and transactions he witnessed related to the Russian nuclear industry’s efforts to win favor with Bill and Hillary Clinton and influence Obama administration decisions, his lawyer tells The Hill.
Attorney Victoria Toensing, a former Reagan Justice Department official and former chief counsel of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday she is working with members of Congress to see if they can get the Trump Justice Department or the FBI to free her client to talk to lawmakers.
“All of the information about this corruption has not come out,” she said in an interview Tuesday. “And so my client, the same part of my client that made him go into the FBI in the first place, says, ‘This is wrong. What should I do about it?’”
Toensing said she also possesses memos that recount how the Justice Department last year threatened her client when he attempted to file a lawsuit that could have drawn attention to the Russian corruption during the 2016 election as well as helped him recover some of the monies Russians stole from him through kickbacks during the FBI probe.
The undercover client witnessed “a lot of bribery going on around the U.S.,” but was asked by the FBI to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) that prevents him from revealing what he knows to Congress, Toensing explained.
When he tried to bring some of the allegations to light in the lawsuit last year, “the Obama Justice Department threatened him with loss of freedom. They said they would bring a criminal case against him for violating an NDA,” she added.
Emails obtained by The Hill show that a civil attorney working with the former undercover witness described the pressure the Justice Department exerted to keep the client from disclosing to a federal court what he knew last summer.
“The government was taking a very harsh position that threatened both your reputation and liberty,” the civil lawyer wrote in one email. In another, she added, “As you will recall the gov’t made serious threats sufficient to cause you to withdraw your civil complaint.”
This is what Toensing’s client did for the feds…
Federal court records from 2014 and 2015 show that a wide-ranging FBI probe into Russian nuclear industry corruption was facilitated by an unnamed American consultant who worked for the Moscow-based nuclear energy giant Rosatom’s Tenex subsidiary on a multiyear campaign to grow Moscow’s uranium business inside the United States.
Those efforts included winning U.S. approval of Rosatom’s controversial purchase of Canada-based Uranium One’s American uranium assets, securing new approvals to sell new commercial uranium to the federally backed United States Enrichment Corporation and winning billions in new U.S. utility contracts for Russian nuclear fuel.
The court records alternatively refer to the FBI informant as “confidential source 1,” the “contractor” and “Victim 1” without ever naming him. The records make clear he came to the FBI immediately after Russian officials asked him to engage in illegal activity in 2009.
Got that? The Russians came to him in 2009 with a plan to bribe American officials into selling out our uranium supplies to a country with thousands of nuclear missiles still pointed at us, so he went to the FBI with the news and agreed to be an informant. So the federal government knew the Putin regime was trying to do something no responsible U.S. administration would consider allowing and attempting to get around that impossibility by corrupting our government, and yet the bribery and the approval happened anyway – and the bribes continued for years.
It does get a little worse.
Working as a confidential witness, the businessman made kickback payments to the Russians with the approval of his FBI handlers and gathered other evidence, the records show.
Sources told The Hill the informant’s work was crucial to the government’s ability to crack a multimillion dollar racketeering scheme by Russian nuclear officials on U.S. soil that involved bribery, kickbacks, money laundering and extortion. In the end, the main Russian executive sent to America to expand Vladimir Putin’s nuclear business, an executive of an American trucking firm and a Russian financier from New Jersey pled guilty to various crimes in a case that started in 2009 and ended in late 2015.
Toensing added her client has had contact from multiple congressional committees seeking information about what he witnessed inside the Russian nuclear industry and has been unable to provide that information because of the NDA.
Just a bit more…
The information the client possesses includes specific allegations that Russian executives made to him about how they facilitated the Obama administration’s 2010 approval of the Uranium One deal and sent millions of dollars in Russian nuclear funds to the U.S. to an entity assisting Bill Clinton‘s foundation. At the time, Hillary Clinton was serving as secretary of state on the government panel that approved the deal, the lawyer said.
It has been previously reported that Bill Clinton accepted $500,000 in Russian speaking fees in 2010 and collected millions more in donations for his foundation from parties with a stake in the Uranium One deal, transactions that both the Clintons and the Obama administration denied had any influence on the approval.
Federal law requires officials such as then-Secretary Clinton to avoid both conflicts of interest and the appearance of conflicts when it comes to the business and financial interests of his or her spouse. Clinton signed a special agreement when she became secretary to disclose her husband’s charitable donations to the State Department to avoid any such conflicts. Both Clintons have repeatedly insisted no donations raised by the foundation ever influenced her decisions.
And now, for the coup de grace…
Toensing said her client can also testify that FBI agents made comments to him suggesting political pressure was exerted during the Justice Department probe of the Russia corruption case, and that there was specific evidence that could have scuttled approval of the Uranium One deal if it became public.
“There was corruption going on and it was never brought forward. And in fact, the sale of the uranium went on despite the government knowing about all of this corruption. So, he’s coming forward. He wants the right thing to be done, but he cannot do it unless he is released from the NDA,” she added.
Let’s remember that the guy in charge of the FBI at the time was one Robert Mueller, who is actually heading up that witch hunt into the mythical collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians, and Mueller was hired by the current No. 2 man at the Justice Department Rod Rosenstein, who was also in the mix when these decisions were made.
Remember all this the next time Hillary Clinton says something about…well, anything, and when the Beltway crowd attempts to assert any more echoes of the narrative they spent six months screaming nonstop about how the Russians fixed the 2016 election.
Exit question: would you say covering up the fact the Russians had bought up Clinton and others in the Obama administration in order to get hold of some large share of America’s uranium reserves amounted to “rigging” or “hacking” the 2012 election?