The Russians, Hussein Obama, Clintons, Our Uranium and the FBI
Before The Hussein Obama Admin approved a deal in Y 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American Uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to our government’s documents and interviews.
US DOJ agents used a confidential US witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept e-Mails as early as Y 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American Uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show.
Further, the FBI obtained an eyewitness account backed by documents indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the US designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow.
The Racketeering scheme was conducted “with the consent of higher level officials” in Russia who “shared the proceeds” from the kickbacks, 1 agent declared in an affidavit years later.
Rather than bring charges in Y 2010 the Department of Justice (DOJ) continued investigating the matter for nearly 4 more years, essentially leaving the American public and Congress in the dark about Russian nuclear corruption on US soil during a period when The Hussein Obama Admin made 2 major decisions benefiting President Putin’s commercial nuclear ambitions.
The 1st decision occurred in October 2010, when the State Department and government agencies on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States unanimously approved the partial sale of Canadian mining company Uranium One to the Russian nuclear giant Rosatom, giving Moscow control of more than 20% of America’s uranium supply.
When this sale was used by Donald Trump on the campaign trail last year, Hillary Clinton’s spokesman said she was not involved in the committee review and noted the State Department official who handled it said she “never intervened … on any [Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States] matter.”
In Y 2011, The Hussein Obama Admin gave approval for Rosatom’s Tenex subsidiary to sell commercial Uranium to US nuclear power plants in a partnership with the United States Enrichment Corp. Before then, Tenex had been limited to selling US nuclear power plants reprocessed Uranium recovered from dismantled Soviet nuclear weapons under the 1990’s Megatons to Megawatts peace program.
“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,” a person who worked on the case said privately.
The Hussein Obama Admin’s decision to approve Rosatom’s purchase of Uranium One has been a source of political controversy since Y 2015.
That’s when conservative author Peter Schweitzer and The New York Times documented how Bill Clinton collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in Russian speaking fees and his charitable foundation collected millions in donations from parties interested in the deal, while Hillary Clinton presided on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.
The Hussein Obama Admin and the Clintons defended their actions at the time, insisting there was no evidence that any Russians or donors engaged in wrongdoing and there was no national security reason for any member of the committee to oppose the Uranium One deal.
But FBI, Energy Department and court documents reviewed show the FBI in fact had gathered substantial evidence well before the committee’s decision that Vadim Mikerin was engaged in wrongdoing starting in Y 2009.
Then-Attorney General Eric Holder was among The Hussein Obama Admin officials joining Hillary Clinton on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States at the time the Uranium One deal was approved.
His illegal conduct was captured with the help of a confidential witness, an American businessman, who began making kickback payments at Mr. Mikerin’s direction and with the permission of the FBI. The 1st kickback payment recorded by the FBI through its informant was dated Nov. 27, 2009, the records show.
The investigation was ultimately supervised by then-US Attorney Rod Rosenstein, a Barack Hussein Obama appointee who now serves as President Trump’s DAG, and then-Assistant FBI Director Andrew McCabe, now the deputy FBI director under President Trump.
Both men now play a Key role in the current investigation into possible collusion between Russia and The Trump Campaign during the Y 2016 election cycle.
Mr. McCabe is under congressional and Justice Department inspector general investigation in connection with money his wife’s Virginia state Senate campaign accepted in Y 2015 from now-Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe at a time when Mr. McAuliffe was reportedly under investigation by the FBI.
The probe is not focused on Gov. McAuliffe’s conduct but rather on whether Mr. McCabe’s attendance violated the Hatch Act or other FBI conflict rules.
The connections to the current Russia case are many.
The Mikerin Probe began in Y 2009 when Robert Mueller was still FBI director. And it ended in late Y 2015 under the direction of then-FBI Director James Comey, whom President Trump sacked earlier this year.
The FBI nuclear industry case proved a Gold Mine, in part because it uncovered a new Russian money laundering apparatus that routed bribe and kickback payments through financial instruments in Cyprus, Latvia and Seychelles.
The case also exposed a serious national security breach, as Mr. Mikerin had given a contract to an American trucking firm called Transport Logistics International that held the sensitive job of transporting Russia’s Uranium around the United States in return for more than $2-M in kickbacks from some of its executives, court records show.
One of Mr. Mikerin’s former employees told the FBI that Tenex officials in Russia specifically directed the scheme to “allow for padded pricing to include kickbacks,” agents testified in one court filing.
Bringing down a major Russian nuclear corruption scheme that had both compromised a sensitive Uranium transportation asset inside the US and facilitated international money laundering would seem a major feather in any law enforcement agency’s cap.
But the Justice Department and FBI took little credit in Y 2014 when Mr. Mikerin, the Russian financier and the trucking firm executives were arrested and charged.
The only public statement occurred a year later when the Justice Department put out a little-noticed PR in August 2015, just days before Labor Day. The release noted that the various defendants had reached plea deals.
By that time, the criminal cases against Mr. Mikerin had been narrowed to 1 charge of money laundering for a scheme that officials admitted stretched from Y’s 2004 to 2014. And though agents had evidence of criminal wrongdoing they collected since at least Y 2009, federal prosecutors only cited in the plea agreement a handful of transactions that occurred in Y’s 2011 and 2012, well after the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States’s approval.
The final court case also made no mention of any connection to the influence peddling conversations the FBI undercover informant witnessed about the Russian nuclear officials trying to ingratiate themselves with the Clintons even though agents had gathered documents showing the transmission of millions of dollars from Russia’s nuclear industry to an American entity that had provided assistance to Bill Clinton’s foundation.
The lack of fanfare left many Key players in Washington with no inkling that a major Russian nuclear corruption scheme with serious national security implications had been uncovered.
On 15 December 2015, the Justice Department put out a release stating that Mr. Mikerin, “a former Russian official residing in Maryland was sentenced today to 48 months in prison” and ordered to forfeit more than $2.1-M.
Ronald Hosko, who served as the assistant FBI director in charge of criminal cases when the investigation was underway, said he did not recall ever being briefed about Mr. Mikerin’s case by the counterintelligence side of the bureau despite the criminal charges that were being lodged.
“I had no idea this case was being conducted,” a Mr. Hosko said in an interview.
Likewise, major congressional figures were also kept in the dark.
Former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), who chaired the House Intelligence Committee during the time the FBI probe was being conducted, said he had never been told anything about the Russian nuclear corruption case even though many fellow lawmakers had serious concerns about The Hussein Obama Admin’s approval of the Uranium One deal.
“Not providing information on a corruption scheme before the Russian uranium deal was approved by US regulators and engage appropriate congressional committees has served to undermine U.S. national security interests by the very people charged with protecting them,” he said. “The Russian efforts to manipulate our American political enterprise is breathtaking.”
Spokesmen for Mr Holder and Mr or Mrs Clinton did not return calls seeking comment.
The US Justice Department also did not comment.