Heads are exploding all over Washington from the shocking news that the FBI has hard evidence of Russian collusion. The U.S. State Department, Department of Justice, and the office of the President were all covering up evidence of sweetheart deals, kickbacks, bribes, extortion, and money laundering. The surprising twist is that liberals are the ones turning purple. The President with his hand in the cookie jar isn’t Trump, it’s Obama.
Worse, “Crooked Hillary” was right in the middle of it, as president of the Committee on Foreign Investment, while the scheme was funneling millions into the Clinton Foundation. “The Russian efforts to manipulate our American political enterprise is breathtaking,” says former Michigan Republican House member Mike Rogers.
After the investigation that started in 2009 was in full swing, there were two matters that would never have made it past congress if details had been known.
The first controversial decision happened in October of 2010 when the Obama administration approved “the partial sale of Canadian mining company Uranium One to the Russian nuclear giant Rosatom, giving Moscow control of more than 20 percent of America’s uranium supply.” At the time, Eric H. Holder was Attorney General and also sat with Hillary Clinton on the Committee on Foreign Investment. Both the State Department and the Committee unanimously signed off on the deal.
The second controversial approval came in 2011. A company called “Tenex” which was a subsidiary of the Russian Atomic Energy company, Rosatom, wanted approval to sell commercial grade uranium to power plants in the United States. Before that, they had been limited to only selling uranium salvaged from dismantled nuclear bombs under the “Megatons to Megawatts” program.
Agents planted a mole within the Russian nuclear industry who rounded up records, secretly recorded conversations and copied e-mails. He collected enough to paint a complete picture of how Moscow used bribes and kickbacks to take over an American trucking company that transported uranium.
Vadim Mikerin was in charge of Putin’s United States nuclear interests and the target of the inquiry. A director of Tenex since the early 2000s, his job was to administer the Megatons to Megawatts program. Obama gave him a work visa to create an American division for Rosatom to be called Tenam. Over the next three years, 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, according to a November 2014 indictment.
One agent, David Gadren, swore under oath, “As part of the scheme, Mikerin, with the consent of higher level officials at TENEX and Rosatom, would offer no-bid contracts to US businesses in exchange for kickbacks in the form of money payments made to some offshore bank accounts. Mikerin apparently then shared the proceeds with other co-conspirators associated with TENEX in Russia and elsewhere.”
A serious national security flaw was exposed by the investigation. A U.S. shipping company, Transport Logistics International, paid $2 million in kickbacks to Mikerin in exchange for the vulnerable task of moving Russian nuclear material in the United States.
The first time anyone became aware of the shenanigans was in 2015 when Peter Schweitzer at the New York Times exposed eyewitness accounts, supported by documents and other evidence, showing how Russia transferred millions of dollars to benefit Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. Bill collected hundreds of thousands in speaking fees while the rest went to the foundation. All of this went on under the watchful eye of Hillary as president of the Committee on Foreign Investment.
The same Robert Mueller who now serves as special counsel, aka “witch-smeller,” charged with finding any faint sign of insider conspiracy between President Trump and the Russians, was director of the FBI. James Comey, recently fired by Trump, finished the investigation. Supervising the case was U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein, currently President Trump’s deputy attorney general. Andrew McCabe, current second in charge at the FBI was also involved directly. Mueller and McCabe both are active in the Trump witch-hunt even though McCabe is under investigation himself, over allegations his wife’s state Senate campaign accepted money from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe while McAuliffe was likewise under FBI investigation.
The entire time the investigation processed through the system, the Justice Department kept quiet and everything out of the headlines by simply continuing the investigation. The press would not have anything to write about until there was a conclusive report, which could be indefinitely delayed. “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,” said one anonymous source, fearing for his life.
Government documents and witness interviews all confirm that Robert Mueller started an investigation in 2009, continued by James Comey, that paid off in a “gold mine” of information and “uncovered a new Russian money-laundering apparatus that routed bribe and kickback payments through financial instruments in Cyprus, Latvia, and Seychelles.”
When Mikerin and executives from the trucking company were arrested neither the FBI or the Justice Department marked the occasion. A year later they put out a press release on the Friday before Labor Day announcing plea deals for all Defendants. All had disappeared by then except a single charge of money laundering. Mikerin was sentenced to 48 months prison and a fine of 2.1 million.