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The Russian nuclear investigation is all about timing

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The Russian nuclear investigation is all about timing

Senator Chuck Grassley has been on a witch hunt for years. His target has been the questionable Russian nuclear deal that gave them ownership over a company that controlled 20% of America’s uranium deposits. In less than two weeks, he may finally catch his witch… or rather, witches.

Background

A story on The Hill yesterday uncovered a very inconvenient fact about the controversial nuclear deal. Nuclear industry officials involved in the deal were under FBI investigation:

FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow | TheHill

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/355749-fbi-uncovered-russian-bribery-plot-before-obama-administrationBefore 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.

Why this matters now

This is much more than another Clinton-related scandal, though the details surrounding Bill and Hillary are definitely juicy. The real question is whether or not those who were involved in approving the deal knew of the investigation before letting it through. President Obama’s multi-agency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) included Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

If they were aware of the investigation before giving approval, this is more than just a scandal. This could be the case that finally puts Clinton, Holder, and other Obama “untouchables” in serious legal trouble. We’re not talking about poor judgment, Fast and Furious, or private email servers. This would be undeniably criminal to knowingly give access to vital American resources to corrupt foreign agents actively working against the nation’s interests.

It’s not out of the question that this could be considered a form of treason.

Grassley’s task

The Iowa Senator who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee must determine the timing of knowledge in this case. He will ask and regardless of whether or not they knew about it, they’ll almost certainly declare they did not. It will be incumbent on Grassley and his team to sift through the data to discern the truth if it’s out there.

It won’t be easy. The severity and undeniable risk of making such a deal with foreknowledge of the FBI’s investigation means there will not be an easy paper trail to follow if ever one existed. His best chance is to locate aides or others who may have had knowledge of communications between the FBI and the CFIUS. Hopefully, they’ll have a paper trail of their own that the committee can follow.

Don’t hold your breath. One does not survive unscathed through all of the alleged crimes the Clintons and Holder have committed over the decades without knowing how to fake knowledge gaps. Grassley will have to use communications from the FBI as any communications have probably been destroyed on the receiving end. All of this is assuming such communications even happened.

One thing can exonerate members of the CFIUS quickly. If they can produce documents showing they were told about the investigation after the deal was approved, that should end it. Of course, there’s a flip side to this. It’s very unlikely that an Attorney General or a Secretary of State would be left in the dark about such an important criminal investigation involving foreign assets. If they cannot produce documents showing they were initially informed of the investigations after the deal was done, then it’s confirmation Grassley’s team should continue to pursue finding the alerts before approval.

It all comes down to timing. If they didn’t know until after the deal was approved, this is just a scandal that highlights their incompetence. If they knew about the investigation before they approved the deal, there were severe crimes committed.

Further Reading

Obama administration knew about Russian bribery plot before uranium deal | New York Post

http://nypost.com/2017/10/17/fbi-uncovered-russian-bribery-plot-before-controversial-nuclear-deal/The Obama administration knew that Russia had used bribery, kickbacks and extortion to get a stake in the US atomic-energy industry — but cut deals giving Moscow control of a large chunk of the US uranium supply anyway, according to a report Tuesday.

The FBI used a confidential US witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather records, make secret recordings and intercept ­e-mails as early as 2009 that showed the Kremlin had compromised an American uranium trucking company, The Hill reported.

With Bribery, Russian Nuclear Officials Made Bill and Hillary Clinton Richer – Katie Pavlich

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2017/10/17/russiaclinton-hill-story-n2396220Before 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.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.

FBI’s failure to stop Obama nuclear deal despite Russian plot ‘reprehensible’: Napolitano | Fox Business

http://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/2017/10/17/fbis-failure-to-stop-obama-nuclear-deal-despite-russian-plot-reprehensible-napolitano.htmlDespite its discovery of that plot, which was designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic power through kickbacks, extortion and money laundering, the Department of Justice spent nearly four years investigating the matter, according to The Hill, which first reported the story.

“It is remarkable not that the Obama administration didn’t indict anybody, but that the Trump administration is sitting on this material as well. It’s the same Justice Department,” Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano told FOX Business’ David Asman on “After the Closing Bell.”


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