by Daveda Gruber:
‘Uranium One’, you’ve heard about it, right? It’s another story that never seems to end.
Well, an FBI informant has told congressional committees that Moscow paid millions to a U.S. lobbying firm in a bid to influence then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. They did it by helping former President Bill Clinton’s charities during the Obama administration.
Informant Douglas Campbell gave a 10-page statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee, House Intelligence Committee and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
He was interviewed for several hours behind closed doors by committee staff.
Revealed in the statement was that Campbell said Russian executives told him that Moscow was hiring APCO Worldwide in an effort to influence the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton.
Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were involved a lot together.
Birds of a feather flock together?
Campbell said he was told by Russian nuclear officials that they “told me at various times that they expected APCO to apply a portion of the $3 million annual lobbying fee that it was receiving from the Russians, to provide in-kind support for the Clinton’s Global Initiative.”
Campbell said in the statement, “The contract called for four payments of $750,000 over twelve months. APCO was expected to give assistance free of charge to the Clinton Global Initiative as part of their effort to create a favorable environment to ensure the Obama administration made affirmative decisions on everything from Uranium One to the US-Russia Civilian Nuclear Cooperation agreement.”
APCO called Campbell’s assertion “false and unfounded.”
APCO said, “APCO Worldwide undertook client work on behalf of Tenex in 2010 and 2011. It undertook work for the Clinton Global Initiative from 2008-2016. These projects were totally separate and unconnected in any way. All APCO’s actions on these two unconnected activities were publicly documented from the outset, legally proper and entirely ethical. Any assertion otherwise is false and unfounded.”
We know that Uranium One is a Canadian mining company. The sale to a Russian firm was approved in 2010. The U.S. government was involved because the sale gave the Russians control of part of the U.S. uranium supply.
The transaction has undergone new examination after reports, last year, that the FBI had evidence as early as 2009. Russian operatives used bribes, kickbacks and other dirty tactics to expand Moscow’s atomic ‘energy footprint’ in the U.S., connected to a subsidiary of the same Russian firm.
Capitol Hill Republican lawmakers want to know how the deal was approved the next year by an inter-agency committee.
Campbell’s statement also described an earlier meeting with Russian officials outside Washington where they “boasted about how weak the U.S. government was in giving away uranium business.”
They referred to former President Barack Obama “with racial labels.”
Campbell’s attorney is Victoria Toensing. She said her client has reported a “strategic plan” by Russian President Vladimir Putin to “take over the uranium industry.”
Toensing said, “[The Russians] were so confident that they told Mr. Campbell with the Clinton’s help, it was a shoo-in to get CFIUS [The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States] approval. They were so confident in that that they even had him open up the new office because they were planning on the kind of business they were going to do as soon as CFIUS approved it.”
Toensing said that Fox Campbell was told by the FBI that Obama was aware of the information.
Toensing said, “He was told that President Obama had it in his daily briefing twice.”
Former President Obama seemed to be informed about a lot of things.
A call for further investigation into ‘Uranium One’ was made by Congressional Republicans.
Last year, Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate “certain issues” requested by Republicans. That included ‘Uranium One’ and alleged dealings related to the Clinton Foundation.
This leaves the door open for the appointment of another special counsel.
Democrats have charged, this week that Campbell’s statements and the Republican interest in them is a tactic to distract from the larger Russia probe.
Democrats have also accused Republicans of making “wild claims” against Clinton.
Ranking Members of the House oversight and intelligence committees, Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said in a statement, “Republicans have been talking directly to this individual while refusing to grant Democratic members access, despite multiple requests. During this same time period, Republicans have been making wild and unsubstantiated allegations against Secretary Clinton on national television based on this individual’s information.”
Cummings and Schiff claim that the Justice Department provided a “detailed briefing” that “directly contradicts these Republican allegations.”
The lies continue. Do the names Cummings and Schiff surprise you?
Cummings and Schiff also said Campbell never provided any evidence nor did they make allegations regarding Clinton or the Clinton Foundation in any of their interactions with him.
These ranking members maintained that the Justice Department stated that “at no point did [the individual] provide any allegation of corruption, illegality, or impropriety on Clinton, the Clinton Foundation, President Clinton, the Uranium One deal, or CFIUS.”
They also said there were “no allegations of impropriety or illegality” regarding Clinton in the documents they reviewed.
The Justice Department said they would not confirm whether the Schiff-Cummings characterization was accurate.
I can say that I don’t believe anything that those two say. They do blow a lot of smoke.
Toensing did not agree with the Democrats’ claims. He called Schiff “disingenuous.”
I agree. More blowing smoke.
Nick Merrill, Hillary Clinton’s spokesman, berated the informant’s claims. He compared them to the controversial “Nunes memo.” You know the famous ‘MEMO’ on alleged surveillance abuse that was released last week and newly released text messages between anti-Trump FBI officials.
Merrill said in a statement, “Just this week the committee made clear that this secret informant charade was just that, a charade. Along with the widely debunked text-message-gate and Nunes’ embarrassing memo episode, we have a trifecta of GOP-manufactured scandals designed to distract from their own President’s problems and the threat to democracy he poses.”
Well, I guess the Democrats are, dare I say, not on the same track as Republicans?
There is a war brewing and it’s not on the normal battle field. This war is in D.C..