Deroy Murdock: Did Clinton atomic graft help the Kremlin?By DEROY MURDOCK
October 22. 2017 10:34PM
The charges are explosive — let’s hope not literally.
“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,” The Hill’s John Solomon and Alison Spann reported. They added that an eyewitness, with corroborating documents, indicates that “Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. 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.”
This October 2010 ruling — from the federal Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, on which Hillary sat — let Rosatom, the Russian government’s atomic-energy company, capture 20 percent of America’s uranium supply, by purchasing a mining company called Uranium One. Before, during, and after CFIUS’s approval of the Kremlin’s transaction, nine Uranium One investors gave the Clinton Foundation some $145 million. How convenient!
Also, while Hillary weighed this deal, Bill scored $500,000 to address Renaissance Capital, a Kremlin-tied bank.
Moscow’s funny money spanned continents, according to Circa.com’s Sara Carter. As she reported: “The bribery schemes included delivering thousands of dollars in yellow envelopes, laundering tens of thousands of dollars in briefcases or wiring thousands of dollars through shell companies through the Seychelles Islands, Latvia, Cyprus, and Switzerland, to name a few.”
Even worse, despite export restrictions, Uranium One reportedly shipped uranium out of America. Destination: Unknown.
Remember: Uranium is the active ingredient in A-bombs. Why would the Obama-Clinton Administration let Russia have even a firecracker’s worth of American uranium? This is the $145 million question.
“I was unaware of this criminal probe concerning bribery,” says Peter Schweizer, who first uncovered Uranium One in Clinton Cash.
Also unaware of the FBI’s Russian-bribery inquiry: Capitol Hill. Team Obama evidently kept Congress ignorant of Moscow’s atomic graft until five years after the Uranium One deal. More stunning, when the American businessman who cooperated with this investigation tried to file a lawsuit that might have exposed his findings, the Feds made him clam up.
“The Obama Justice Department threatened him with loss of freedom,” attorney Victoria Toensing said of “Confidential Source 1,” as the FBI dubbed her client. “They said they would bring a criminal case against him for violating an NDA” or nondisclosure agreement. Toensing also said her client “is not only afraid of the Russian people, but he is afraid of the US government because of the threats the Obama administration made against him.”
At long last, the Senate Judiciary Committee is probing this. The GOP Congress finally may hold a hearing on Uranium One. According to Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley, R—Iowa, “very serious questions remain about the basis for the finding that this transaction did not threaten to impair US national security.”
But despite this situation’s spy-novel-like corruption, collusion, and cover-up, major news outlets snore right through it.
President Donald Trump is losing sleep — literally — over this affair’s limited news coverage. As he stated via Twitter at 4:19 a.m. on Thursday: “Uranium deal to Russia, with Clinton help and Obama Administration knowledge, is the biggest story that Fake Media doesn’t want to follow!”
The Media Research Center concurs.
“Since The Hill story broke on Tuesday morning (through the Thursday morning shows), the broadcast networks haven’t said a word about this matter, despite its coming up at Wednesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing (which was covered live on CNN and MSNBC as well as Fox News Channel),” MRC Research Director Rich Noyes told me. “Since Peter Schweizer’s Clinton Cash first revealed this scandal in early 2015, the broadcast networks have spent only 3 minutes, 1 second on the uranium story.”
Bribes, kickbacks, gag orders, blackmail, Russians, uranium. What more do the broadcast networks need before they find this mushrooming story worth some air time?
Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor and a contributing editor with National Review Online.