If we’re going to talk about corruption and Russian collusion, we should be looking at what happened in 2009, not 2017; and the subject of the discussion should not be Donald Trump, but the Obama administration and the Uranium One deal.
Back in 2009, the Russian government approved a bribery scheme to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy industry within the United States. According to the bombshell report published by The Hill, documents from the FBI, Energy Department, and federal courts reveal that substantial evidence existed about the corruption and infiltration of Russian bribery prior to the approval of the Uranium One deal in 2010, yet the evidence did not stop the deal from being approved.
Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show.
They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.
The racketeering scheme was conducted “with the consent of higher level officials” in Russia who “shared the proceeds” from the kickbacks, one agent declared in an affidavit years later.
Despite the existence of substantial evidence, the Department of Justice continued to investigate the matter for the next four years, though. The consequence of that was the fact that the American public and Congress were kept in the dark about the bribery scheme the entire time. The true extent of the bribery and extortion scheme is only now being revealed (and I’m sure it goes much deeper than even just this report).
Despite the evidence showing the bribery scheme sanctioned by the Russian government, the Obama administration approved the deal in 2010, and Moscow then gained control of 20% of America’s uranium supply.
“The Russians were compromising American contractors in the nuclear industry with kickbacks and extortion threats, all of which raised legitimate national security concerns. And none of that evidence got aired before the Obama administration made those decisions,” The Hill’s source stated, who remained anonymous for fear of retribution for revealing these details.
The State Department had stated that Hillary Clinton was not involved in the decision to approve the Uranium One deal, but information revealed by Peter Schweizer and The New York Times demonstrated how her husband Bill Clinton had mysteriously received hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees from Russian sources, and the Clinton Foundation had also received millions of dollars in donations from parties vested in the deal.
All while cash was flowing to the Clintons and their slush fund foundation, Hillary presided over the Committee on Foreign Investment, which was the committee that approved the deal. She can deny all she wants, but it was all too convenient to be something done without any of her knowledge and everyone knows it.
The Obama administration and the Clintons defended their actions at the time, insisting there was no evidence that any Russians or donors engaged in wrongdoing and there was no national security reason for any member of the committee to oppose the Uranium One deal.
But FBI, Energy Department and court documents reviewed by The Hill show the FBI in fact had gathered substantial evidence well before the committee’s decision that Vadim Mikerin — the main Russian overseeing Putin’s nuclear expansion inside the United States — was engaged in wrongdoing starting in 2009.
According to a 2014 indictment, 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.”
An undercover witness for the FBI worked with Mikerin to aid in the investigation.
In evidentiary affidavits signed in 2014 and 2015, an Energy Department agent assigned to assist the FBI in the case testified that Mikerin supervised a “racketeering scheme” that involved extortion, bribery, money laundering and kickbacks that were both directed by and provided benefit to more senior officials back in Russia.
“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,” Agent David Garden testified.
Right from the start, the Uranium One deal was planted in the soil of cabal, intrigue, and corruption. The FBI knew it, had gathered substantial evidence demonstrating that to be the case, yet the issue was pushed to the back burner for years, allowing the deal to go through.