Republican heads of two House Committees are demanding answers from the FBI and other government departments about the Uranium One pay for play scandal that went virally public and is ominously hanging over Hillary Clinton and Robert Mueller like a noose. The committees are demanding the FBI and other key players explain who knew what, when they learned it, and why they didn’t tell anybody. For everyone involved, they want to know everything they were ever told, anything at all.
Four versions of the same basic letter went out to the FBI, the Treasury Department, the State Department, and the Offices of the Director of National Intelligence. Authored by Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and Trey Gowdy who heads the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, they were also signed by Peter King and Ron DeSantis.
The common language in the letters strikes a stern tone. “CFIUS has ‘one purpose,’ which is ‘to review the potential national security effects of transactions in which a foreign company obtains control of a U.S. company.’ To effectuate that ‘one purpose,’ CFIUS considers the particular facts and circumstances of each transaction to identify and address the potential national security effects of the transaction.”
“It is unclear to the Committees whether the FBI alerted the other members of CFIUS about the investigation into Russia’s efforts to obtain control of the U.S. uranium market. As a result, it is unclear whether CFIUS possessed and considered all of the information relevant to determining whether a Russian company should have gained control of allegedly more than 20 percent of America’s uranium supply.”
Washington liberals are frantically trying to shield Queen Hillary from the Russian collusion nastiness blowing back from the Uranium One scandal. No! they cry. It’s Trump, not Hillary that was conspiring with the Russians. Every day, more and more evidence is saying exactly the opposite.
Oh, that’s been debunked, says one unnamed Clinton Foundation spokesperson. The official Clinton denial centers around the fact that the Committee approving the deal consisted of nine different members, none of whom raised any objections to the deal. Hillary they say, wasn’t even active on the committee at the time, even though she was head of one of the sitting agencies, the State Department. This is nothing but misdirection.
The real question is “how was the Clinton Foundation able to influence an ongoing FBI investigation to keep it totally secret and prevent it from reaching any conclusions that would need to be reported?” The FBI, under Director Robert Mueller, as a branch of the Department of Justice, had a duty to fully inform the members of the CFIUS committee about everything they uncovered, yet they didn’t say a word. Mueller is now witch-smeller in charge of finding evidence, one way or another, that Trump colluded with Russia to sway the election.
The Russians weren’t paying Hillary for nothing. Reports are circulating that nearly $145 million dollars were paid by the same Russian companies under investigation to the Clinton Foundation. Russian company Renaissance Capital Group also paid Bill Clinton $500,000 to make a single speech.
When the news of the donated millions first broke, the “nonprofit charitable organization run by the former president along with his wife, Hillary, and their daughter, Chelsea,” issued a denial. When it looked like they were cornered, they issued a clarification. “Like every contributor to the Foundation, the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (Canada) is publicly listed as a donor on our website. But as it is a distinct Canadian organization, separate from the Clinton Foundation, its individual donors are not listed on the site.”
In other words, it was Clinton Canada that got the cash. Probably because Uranium One is a Canadian company. “So yes, we made mistakes, as many organizations of our size do.” They made a mistake alright, they did a poor job of hiding it. They don’t deny taking the money.
Now that the details are coming out in the press, CFIUS committee members are only beginning to learn that there was an ongoing FBI investigation that had sufficient evidence to bring charges long before they granted approval. As of this week, we are learning the investigation began almost six years before the question came up in 2010.
At the time the Uranium One sale was being considered, two currently active members of the Intelligence Committee, Peter King and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, recommended for then-Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner to “urge the Committee to recommend the President block this transaction or postpone any action until the CFIUS has carefully evaluated the concerns outlined below.”
Specifically, they spelled out “Russian entities are of particular concern with regard to foreign control of U.S. nuclear-related assets.” They also were concerned about “Rosatom’s status as (i) a state-owned entity, overseen by a government that has shown little if any inclination to effectively address the widespread and continuing corruption within Russia, particularly its energy sector, (ii) Rosatom’s training of Iranian nuclear scientists, and (iii) the Department of State’s warning “that the expansion of Russia in the area of nuclear energy could involve the appearance of new danger zones in the world.”
Geithner told them he had it all under control, no need to worry. “CFIUS takes very seriously its obligation to protect national security while maintaining an open investment environment.” He promised that CFIUS “will act in accordance with its statutory responsibilities” to review the transaction. It looks like Tim Geithner had his fingers crossed behind his back on that one and seems to by why the Treasury Department got a copy of the letter.