By Stephen Wynne, ChurchMilitant.com, October 19, 2017
WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) – On Tuesday, The Hill released a bombshell report alleging the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) buried evidence linking the Clinton Foundation to a bribery scheme that helped Russia gain a major foothold in the U.S. uranium market. The damning report shows the foundation benefited from millions from corrupt Russian money while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state and sat on the board of a government organization that awarded Moscow with a favorable nuclear deal.
The case stretches back to 2009, when Rosatom, Russia’s state-owned nuclear company, announced its intent to take over Uranium One, a Canadian mining firm. The following year, U.S. officials cleared Rosatom’s takeover bid and the merger was completed in 2013.
Throughout her 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton was dogged by accusations of influence peddling, offering political favors in exchange for donations. The Uranium One case was a particular standout.
As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton was sitting on the government panel that approved the deal.
During the merger process, Uranium One funneled a total of $2.35 million in donations to the Clinton Foundation.
Additionally, shortly after the Rosatom-Uranium One merger was announced, Bill Clinton was paid $500,000 for delivering a speech in Moscow.
The source, as TheNew York Times reported, was a “Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock.”
Clinton defended her role in approving the deal, claiming that at the time there was no reason to oppose it.
But as The Hill explains, that is not altogether accurate:
Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010, giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews. … 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.
Russian negotiators, a source close to the case testified, “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.”
Additionally, federal agents “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.”
The racketeering scheme unfolded with the approval of high-ranking Russian officials, who “shared the proceeds,” according to one agent.
The Hill reports, “Rather than bring immediate charges in 2010, however, the Department of Justice (DOJ) continued investigating the matter for nearly four more years,”
In short, both Congress and the American public were left “in the dark about Russian nuclear corruption on U.S. soil,” as the Obama administration was approving “decisions benefiting Putin’s commercial nuclear ambitions.”
Neither the Clintons nor the Obama administration would concede any wrongdoing, insisting there was no national security risk to justify opposition to the Uranium One deal by any member of the committee, including Secretary Clinton.
But again, The Hill disputes this position, citing the government’s own evidence:
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. Then-Attorney General Eric Holder was among the Obama administration officials, joining Hillary Clinton on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States at the time the Uranium One deal was approved. Multiple current and former government officials told The Hill they did not know whether the FBI or DOJ ever alerted committee members to the criminal activity they uncovered.
The Hill reports that spokesmen for Clinton and Holder did not return calls seeking comment. Likewise, the Justice Department remains silent on the matter.