Two stories popped up back-to-back and neither is good news for Hillary Clinton or many of her cohorts.
The bigger story is that the 2010 Uranium One deal is finally being investigated. It’s been a notable story for a week because it wasn’t being noted. There were more stories yesterday about James Comey’s Twitter account than a deal that put 20% of the nation’s uranium under the control of a Russian firm that was apparently under investigation at the time for criminal activities.
CBS NEWS: Rep. Devin Nunes announces House Intel Committee will launch probe into Clinton-Uranium One deal with Russia pic.twitter.com/y127p56Kcw
Two committees will be seeking to uncover the truth about the 2010 Uranium One deal that gave a Russian company control over 20% of America’s uranium. We’ll be updating this story shortly as it continues to develop.
The second story surrounds the 2016 election and how the Justice Department handled two investigations: one into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server and the other regarding Donald Trump’s connections with Russia. The primary focus is on how then-FBI Director James Comey handled decisions specifically pertaining to the Clinton investigation.
“Our justice system is represented by a blind-folded woman holding a set of scales,” House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte and House Oversight and Government Reform Chair Trey Gowdy said in a joint statement. “Those scales do not tip to the right or the left; they do not recognize wealth, power, or social status. The impartiality of our justice system is the bedrock of our republic and our fellow citizens must have confidence in its objectivity, independence, and evenhandedness.”
Let’s look at the Uranium One investigation first.
Is this a big story or not? It depends on which side you ask. To Democrats (and the mainstream media by extension) think that it’s simply an attempt to distract from the current Russian investigation pertaining to President Trump’s campaign. To Republicans and truth-seeking Independents, it’s a serious problem to have 1/5th of our uranium production capabilities sold to a Russian firm that was under criminal investigation at the time.
One fear is that this will be another round of “whataboutism” in which the Republicans say, “see, everybody makes deals with the Russians.” This point was made by SooperMexican over at The Right Scoop:
This better be more than a simple “whataboutism” move to show that everyone makes corrupt deals with the Russians so it’s OK. I want EVERYONE who made a corrupt deal with the Russians taken down, no matter what party they’re in. That’s how you make America great again.
There are three questions Representative Nunes stated he’d be asking:
- Was there was an FBI investigation?
- Was there a DOJ investigation?
- If so, why was Congress not informed of this matter?
What wasn’t stated but was (hopefully) implied is that they would also be exploring how aware the Obama administration was of the criminal investigation when they made the deal with Uranium One. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Attorney General Eric Holder were part of the group that approved the deal. The Hill contends they had to know about the investigation when the deal was made:
Last week, blockbuster allegations surfaced in The Hill shedding light on what was happening inside the Obama administration and FBI while Russia was seeking control of massive amounts of our uranium supply. It turns out that the Obama administration inexplicably approved the uranium deal with Russia even though the FBI was investigating a massive corruption scheme that included bribery, extortion and other felonies involving Russia’s nuclear energy industry in the United States.
The story goes much deeper with conspiracies involving Bill Clinton, the Clinton Foundation, and President Obama himself. We’ll expand this story with further details as they develop.
The second big investigation will surround Hillary Clinton’s email server. More specifically, it will look into how James Comey handled the situation. Did he decide to declare her innocent before determining whether or not she was? If so, was it his decision or was the decision handed down to him. By whom?
Bob Goodlatte and Trey Gowdy (who is also involved with the Uranium One investigation) said they’d be looking at four things:
- The FBI’s decision to publicly announce the Clinton email investigation but not announce the probe of Trump campaign associates
- The decision to notify Congress that the bureau was revisiting the email probe in the fall of 2016
- The decision to “appropriate full decision making in respect to charging or not charging Secretary Clinton to the FBI rather than the DOJ”
- The FBI’s “timeline in respect to charging decisions”
That last point is the big one. It’s been revealed that Comey started drafting his decision to let her off before even interviewing her:
James Comey started drafting statement exonerating Hillary Clinton before FBI interviewed her, aides
“Conclusion first, fact-gathering second — that’s no way to run an investigation. The FBI should be held to a higher standard than that, especially in a matter of such great public interest and controversy,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Judiciary Subcommittee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said in a letter to the FBI.
The Judiciary Committee reviewed transcripts, which were heavily redacted, indicating Comey began drafting the exoneration statement in April or May 2016, before the FBI interviewed up to 17 key witnesses, including Clinton and some of her close aides.
It’s unlikely anything will happen to Clinton in this particular investigation, but Comey may be in serious trouble.
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Congressional investigations rarely amount to anything substantial. There’s posturing, finger-pointing, redirecting, and outraged commentators screaming at microphones, but justice is rarely served. Here’s hoping these two investigations are the exceptions. Things were afoul during the Obama administration and Congress is allegedly trying to do something about it now. We’ll see.