by Randy DeSoto
"The Russians were compromising American contractors in the nuclear industry with kickbacks and extortion threats."
FBI had evidence as early as 2009 that Russian operatives were using
bribes and kickbacks to compromise individuals involved in the U.S.
nuclear industry, but it approved the controversial sale of a
Canadian-owned uranium mining company anyway, according to a new report.
The Hill reported that the FBI possessed recordings and emails showing Russia using bribes and kickbacks to compromise employees of an American uranium trucking firm, but chose not to bring charges or inform the public for years.
In 2010, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sat on a panel made up of Obama administration officials that approved the sale of Uranium One, a Canadian mining company, to the Russian nuclear giant Rosatom, thus turning over 20 percent of America’s known uranium reserves to Moscow.
“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,” The Hill quoted a “person who
worked on the case” as saying. According to an affidavit from a federal
agent, the scheme was conducted “with the consent of higher level
officials” in Russia who “shared the proceeds” from the kickbacks.
The Hill further noted that Russian nuclear officials “routed” millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation, with the Obama Justice Department aware of the attempts to compromise Americans.
As previously reported by Western Journalism,
a group of 64 House Republicans signed a letter last summer calling on
the FBI, the IRS and the Federal Trade Commission to investigate alleged
criminal conduct in regards to Hillary Clinton and the Clinton
Foundation. The letter highlighted an appearance of “pay for play”
regarding the sale of Uranium One, that raises “serious allegations of
criminal conduct requiring further explanation.”
The lawmakers cited the evidence presented in Peter Schweizer’s 2015 book, Clinton Cash, including payments former President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation received from Russian interests, as further backing for their call for further investigation.