Yet another scandal is arising from the former Obama administration.
Recent news just broke of the bribery scheme, which launched a full-fledged Senate Judiciary Committee Investigation.
While the Committee intends to find the source of the bribe and bring those involved to justice, the real question is whether Obama knew about the bribery scheme while still in office.
The case fell directly under Obama’s jurisdiction in office, as the controversial Moscow nuclear deal occurred in 2010.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is investigating federal officials to see if the FBI knew of the racketeering, which may have occurred as early as 2009.
The Hill reports:
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the committee chairman, on Wednesday raised the issue in public during questioning of Attorney General Jeff Sessions during an oversight hearing.
The senator cited a series of The Hill stories that showed the FBI had evidence that Russian nuclear officials were involved in a racketeering scheme as early as 2009, well before the uranium deal was approved.
“According to government documents and recent news reports, the Justice Department had an ongoing criminal investigation for bribery, extortion, money laundering, into officials for a Russian company making purchase of Uranium One,” Grassley said. “That purchase was approved during previous administration and resulted in Russians owning 20 percent of America’s uranium mining capacity.
“What are you doing to find out how Russian takeover of American uranium was allowed to occur despite criminal conduct by Russian company that the Obama administration approved to make the purchase?” he asked Sessions.
Sessions responded: “I would offer that some people have gone to jail in that transaction already, but the article talks about other issues. Without confirming or denying existence of any particular investigation, I would say I hear your concerns and they will be reviewed.”
Senate Judiciary aides said the committee had sent requests for information to 10 federal agencies involved in the Russian uranium approvals.
The committee is discussing other bipartisan requests to make in the coming days, and Grassley also is expected to seek access to potential witnesses soon, escalating from the information requests he made a few years back, according to people familiar with the investigation.
Former President Barack Obama himself is now under scrutiny as well.
At the time of the deal, President Obama claimed there were no other options than to make a nuclear deal with Russia.
But several members of the Senate no longer accept that as fact.
The Hill reports:
The senator also specifically conveyed in recent letters he no longer accepts the Obama administration’s assurances from 2015 that there was no basis to block the Uranium One deal.
“I am not convinced by these assurances,” Grassley wrote the Homeland Security Department last week. “The sale of Uranium One resulted in a Russian government takeover of a significant portion of U.S. uranium mining capacity. In light of that fact, very serious questions remain about the basis for the finding that this transaction did not threaten to impair U.S. national security.”
Though Obama has fervently denied he had no idea the bribery occurred, evidence is mounting to the contrary.
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