A new bombshell report has revealed that the Obama administration was fully aware of the extent of the Russian nuclear industry’s culture of corruption – which included questionable ties to prominent American officials – when it approved a 2010 deal signing over a large chunk of U.S. uranium to Moscow.
Using a confidential informant to clandestinely obtain financial records and secret recordings as far back as 2009, the FBI was able to prove that Russia had infiltrated an American uranium trucking firm via bribes in clear violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, The Hill reported.
In addition, investigators managed to link Russia’s nefarious practices with none other than The Clinton Foundation, the charitable organization established by former President Bill Clinton. While Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state and signed off in favor of allowing the uranium deal to go through, Russian nuclear officials were funneling millions into the foundation in what appears to be a bribe.
The Department of Justice opted to kick off a four-year investigation into the matter instead of immediately pursuing charges, allowing the Obama administration to greenlight the partial sale of Uranium One to Russian nuclear conglomeration Rosatom, turning over a whopping 20 percent of America’s uranium supply.
The following year, the administration allowed a Rosatom subsidiary to sell commercial uranium back to U.S. power plants, lifting a limitation that had been in place since the 1990s that vastly reduced the scope of its operation.
“The Russians were compromising American contractors in the nuclear industry with kickbacks and extortion threats, all of which raised legitimate national security concerns,” the confidential source said. “And none of that evidence got aired before the Obama administration made those decisions.”
To make matters more complicated, the investigation into Russia’s corrupt nuclear industry was spearheaded by then-U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein and then-Assistant FBI Director Andrew McCabe, both of whom are now in the vanguard of the Trump-Russia collusion probe.