Grassley probes Clinton ‘conflicts of interest’ amid new questions in Russia uranium deal
Oct 18, 2017 By Brooke Singman
A top Senate Republican is probing potential “conflicts of interest” for Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration regarding the 2010 approval of a controversial uranium deal with a Russian company, amid new details about donations from “interested parties” and an FBI corruption probe involving employees of the same Russian firm.
“This committee has an obligation to get to the bottom of this issue,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said Wednesday, at the start of a hearing with Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The Hill reported a day earlier that the FBI had evidence as early as 2009 that Russian operatives used bribes, kickbacks and other dirty tactics to expand Moscow’s atomic energy footprint in the U.S. — but the Obama administration approved the uranium deal benefiting Moscow anyway.
Grassley on Wednesday released a series of letters he fired off last week to 10 federal agencies, addressing those issues in detail and raising the question of whether the committee that approved the transaction was aware of the FBI probe. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) included then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
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Asked about the concerns at Wednesday’s hearing, Sessions told Grassley the Justice Department will take “appropriate” actions.
“I hear your concerns and they will be reviewed,” Sessions said, without responding directly to a question from Grassley on whether the Justice Department has also probed whether the Russians “compromised” the Obama administration to “smooth the way” for the deal.
“It wouldn’t be appropriate for me to comment on any ongoing investigation,” Sessions said.
Hillary Clinton departs a Manhattan hotel with her husband, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, on Nov. 9, 2016. (Reuters)
The deal in question, which was previously reported, involved the 2010 approval of a partial sale of Canadian mining company Uranium One to Russia’s Rosatom nuclear company. The U.S. was involved because the sale gave the Russians control of part of the uranium supply in the U.S.
Grassley wrote in his letters that he’s not “convinced” by previous “assurances” that there were no unresolved national security concerns. Grassley, in his hearing remarks and letters, raised two key issues.
It had been previously reported that figures tied to the transaction gave donations to Bill Clinton and his family foundation, but Grassley wrote that he has learned additional details about a $500,000 fee the former president got from a Russian investment bank for a June 2010 speech. He wrote that the bank’s senior officers include former Russian intelligence personnel, and sources had described the company as an “extension” of the Russian government.
“Notably, in the same month as the Clinton speech, Uranium One and Rosatom notified CFIUS of the Russian government’s intent to acquire twenty percent of the United States’ uranium assets. The next month, in July 2010, Renaissance Bank reportedly assigned Uranium One a ‘buy’ rating, a move that would principally benefit its Russian investors,” Grassley wrote. “The donations raise concerns about potential conflicts of interest for Secretary Clinton and the Obama administration.”
Further, Grassley raised concerns about the FBI probe into “corruption and extortion” involving employees of a Rosatom subsidiary dating back to 2009 – before the 2010 approval.
As noted in The Hill, the feds did eventually go after Vadim Mikerin, a Russian nuclear industry official, in connection with the investigation. He was later sentenced, in 2015, to 48 months in prison in connection with money laundering allegations.
But Grassley wants to know whether the committee that approved the transaction was aware of the ongoing criminal probe at the time.
“The fact that Rosatom subsidiaries in the United States were under criminal investigation as a result of a U.S. 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,” Grassley wrote.
He said given that the deal resulted in a “Russian government takeover” of a chunk of U.S. uranium mining capacity, “very serious questions remain about the basis for the finding that this transaction did not threaten to impair U.S. national security.”
When details of the Uranium One deal first emerged in 2015, Clinton’s campaign downplayed the allegations.
“No one has produced a shred of evidence that Hillary Clinton ever took action as Secretary of State in order to support the interests of donors to the Clinton Foundation,” a spokesman said at the time. “To suggest the State Department, under then-Secretary Clinton, exerted undue influence in the U.S. government’s review of the sale of Uranium One is utterly baseless.”
Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.
Trump says Comey ‘totally protected’ Clinton, swipes at DOJ as new documents confirm claims
Oct 18, 2017 By Brooke Singman
President Trump declared on Twitter Wednesday that James Comey “totally protected Hillary Clinton,” after the FBI confirmed the former bureau boss drafted a statement on the private email case two months before it was over.
In a series of tweets, Trump also swiped at the Justice Department, seeming to suggest they review what he called an apparent “fix.”
“Wow, FBI confirms report that James Comey drafted letter exonerating Crooked Hillary Clinton long before investigation was complete,” Trump tweeted. “Many people not interviewed, including Hillary Clinton herself. Comey stated under oath that he didn’t do this –obviously a fix? Where is Justice Dept?”
He followed up: “As it has turned out, James Comey lied and leaked and totally protected Hillary Clinton. He was the best thing that ever happened to her!”
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The flurry of tweets was in reference to the FBI releasing documents this week that prove Comey began drafting a statement regarding the Clinton email investigation months before he interviewed her and other key witnesses. The document release was titled “Drafts of Director Comeys July 5, 2016 Statement Regarding Email Server Investigation Part 01 of 01.”
The release bolstered critics’ claims that Comey was drafting an “exoneration statement” well before ending the case and recommending against criminal charges.
The contents of the newly released emails, however, were largely unclear as the majority of the document was redacted. The records, that are now public, show the email titled “Midyear Exam—UNCLASSIFIED” was sent by Comey on May 2, 2016 to FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, General Counsel James Baker and James Rybicki, chief of staff and senior counselor.
Trump’s Wednesday challenge to the Justice Department regarding the matter was a throwback to his summer criticism of the nation’s top law enforcement official, Attorney General Jeff Sessions. While Trump had been at odds with one of his earliest supporters over the decision to recuse in the Russia probe, Trump in recent weeks has dialed down that criticism.
The existence of the Comey documents was first brought to light by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., after they reviewed transcripts with top Comey aides who alluded to the email’s existence.
The Judiciary Committee penned a letter on Aug. 30 to newly appointed FBI Director Christopher Wray noting their findings, saying that “it appears that in April or early May of 2016, Mr. Comey had already decided he would issue a statement exonerating Secretary Clinton. That was long before FBI agents finished their work.”
“The outcome of an investigation should not be prejudged while FBI agents are still hard at work trying to gather the facts,” the letter stated.
The existence of these documents raised questions over Comey’s June 2017 Senate testimony regarding his decision to go public with findings in the Clinton email investigation. Comey noted former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s involvement in the probe, including her controversial meeting with former President Bill Clinton days before his wife was interviewed.
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WIKILEAKS TO EXPOSE HILLARY CLINTON’S TIES TO RUSSIA & SETH RICH, 4CHAN PREDICTS
Predicted data dump to derail Mueller’s probe while implicating Hillary
Oct 18, 2017
Julian Assange may release evidence showing Hillary Clinton colluded with Russia during the presidential election as well as the real extent of her crimes, says an anonymous source on 4Chan who has so proved to be far more credible than the mainstream media.
The evidence apparently stems from a file dump taken by the NYPD from Huma Abedin’s laptop that convicted sexual predator Anthony Weiner had access to.
“This dump will be broad,” says the source. “It will probably be the biggest file dump Wikileaks has ever published in size and when it’s out there, it’s going to leave NO DOUBT on things like, WHO colluded with Russia, WHY it was done, WHAT crimes Hillary (as Secretary of State AND as a presidential candidate) and the elite DNC/GOP/Obama administration, like Lynch, Comey, etc. actually committed.”
“Again, when it’s done you will have zero doubt as to who is actually guilty of crimes and election rigging.”
Assange is reportedly waiting until Oct. 21st to give special prosecutor Robert Mueller – and Deep State elements within the FBI – the opportunity to back off the probe against President Trump because, so far, the known evidence actually implicates Hillary Clinton, and the data dump will only implicate her even more.
“Trump knows it’s better for the people if Mueller does what’s right,” he continued. “It will restore people’s faith in justice and our departments.”
“If Assange gets it done himself as I expect, then like I said, Trump will have no choice but to address the downfall of TWO of the three letter agencies/departments I mentioned last week… FBI and CIA.”
“Mueller and team have until the 21st, assuming Assange keeps his promise and/or no one gets to him first. Assange dropped his hash yesterday. They all know what’s coming, regardless of who makes it public first,” he added.
As Infowars reported on Oct. 17, Fox News’ Sean Hannity hinted that Wikileaks may drop something that relates to Hillary Clinton and the Russian collusion narrative.
Two days before, Assange released a hash key on Twitter that Hannity responded to in a series of tweets which were later deleted.
The Wikileaks founder is known to release the hash keys to his media publishers around a week before the data dump goes public.
“It bodes better for Trump and the administration, if the ‘special prosecutor’ America demanded, costing taxpayers more than $1 million/day investigating what Trump and Mueller both know is factual bullshit, looks better if Mueller breaks [the revelations] himself,” the source added. “Assange and Hannity are playing this like a f*cking pressure cooker against Mueller and everyone else guilty and involved, right now.”
“There are VERY FEW options left for them and in this environment with so many people paying such CLOSE attention to EVERY F*CKING DETAIL released about everything and anything (like the Vegas ‘investigation’ sh*t show of ‘evidence’ and ‘reporting’), they all know their old, standard, bag of once successful tricks, won’t work.”
And as Infowars reported on July 25, Mueller’s staff is stacked with experts in organized crime rings and terrorism – not foreign relations and election fraud – which suggests that the probe could easily pivot toward investigating Hillary.
The predicted data dump may prove, once and for all, that last summer’s DNC email leak wasn’t a hack job by Russia, but rather an internal breach somehow involving murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich – who was apparently a Bernie Sanders supporter – and former congressional IT staffer Imran Awan, who quickly fled the country after leading police to a laptop linked to former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.
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BREAKING: AG SESSIONS INVESTIGATING HILLARY CLINTON
Sessions said he couldn’t comment on the ongoing investigation
Oct 18, 2017
Alex Jones breaks down how Trump’s A.G. Jeff Sessions admitted his department was investigating Hillary Clinton during a testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
RUSSIAN BRIBERY COVER-UP: ROSENSTEIN TO INVESTIGATE HIMSELF?
Jeff Sessions’ bizarre comments stoke concern
Oct 18, 2017
Former U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein, who allegedly helped cover-up a bribery scandal involving the sale of U.S. uranium reserves to Russia, could end up investigating himself.
Rosenstein was on the CFIUS committee that approved the sale despite knowing that, as The Hill reported, “Russian nuclear officials were engaged in a racketeering scheme involving bribes, kickbacks and money laundering,” that also ensnared the Clinton Foundation.
After the Senate Judiciary Committee announced its intention to launch a full scale investigation, Senator Charles Grassley asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions today if Rosenstein, as Deputy Attorney General, would be allowed to investigate himself.
“I don’t think it would be proper for him to supervise a review of his own conduct, do you?” asked Grassley.
“It would be his decision,” responded Sessions.
Sessions’ bizarre comments prompted some to ask if the Attorney General had been compromised.
“Attorney General Jeff Sessions is compromised. He has to be,” wrote Jim Hoft.
“Deep State has something on him and the Attorney General is acting irrationally.”
Meanwhile, The Hill has dropped another bombshell development on the story with the revelation that an American businessman who worked undercover as an FBI confidential witness was blocked by Obama’s DOJ from telling Congress about potential bribery he observed during the uranium deal.
As we reported earlier, some are calling on both Robert Mueller and Rod Rosenstein to resign from the investigation into Russian collusion with the Trump administration given their alleged role in overseeing actual collusion between the Russians, the Obama administration and the Clinton Foundation.