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DOJ Unseals Indictment Involving Uranium One Scandal

Tyler Durden
January 15th, 2018
Zero Hedge
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This report was originally published by Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge

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The Department of Justice unsealed an 11-count indictment on Friday to a former DoD intelligence analyst-turned uranium transportation executive who stands accused of a bribery and money laundering scheme involving a Russian nuclear official connected to the Uranium One deal. 

The indictment corroborates a November report by The Hill that an FBI mole deeply embedded in the Russian uranium industry had gathered extensive evidence of the scheme.

Mark Lambert, 54, of Mount Airy, Maryland, was charged with one count of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and to commit wire fraud, seven counts of violating the FCPA, two counts of wire fraud and one count of international promotion money laundering.

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The charges stem from an alleged scheme to bribe Vadim Mikerin, a Russian official at JSC Techsnabexport (TENEX), a subsidiary of Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation and the sole supplier and exporter of Russian Federation uranium and uranium enrichment services to nuclear power companies worldwide, in order to secure contracts with TENEX.

According to the indictment, beginning at least as early as 2009 and continuing until October 2014, Lambert conspired with others at “Transportation Corporation A” to make corrupt and fraudulent bribery and kickback payments to offshore bank accounts associated with shell companies, at the direction of, and for the benefit of, a Russian official, Vadim Mikerin, in order to secure improper business advantages and obtain and retain business with TENEX. DOJ

While the indictment lists Lambert’s company as “Transportation Corporation A,” a simple search reveals that Lambert is the co-President of DAHER-TLI, “the leading front end freight forwarding company dedicated to Nuclear Cargo,” according to its website.

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In 2012, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission sent a letter to Lambert with findings that TLI had exported plutonium “in excess of the maximum quantity and type applied for and licensed,” and “exported Australian obligated material, which was not authorized under license conditions.”

Prior to his 26 year tenure in the transportation industry – 20 of which have been with TLI, Mr. Lambert was an Arabic Linguist for the Navy for five years, and a Senior Intel Analyst for the Department of Defense (DoD) for three years.

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Lambert also speaks fluent Arabic and Farsi (Persian), along with French and Italian.

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The indictment against Lambert corroborates prior reporting by The Hill that an FBI mole buried deep within the Russian nuclear industry had gathered extensive evidence of a scheme involving bribes and kickbacks between Russian nuclear officials and TLI – which would have transported the U.S. uranium sold to Russia in the ’20 percent’ Uranium One deal.

“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 told The Hill, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution by U.S. or Russian officials.”

Based on what the FBI knew – including evidence which purportedly includes a video of Russians preparing briefcases of bribe money – the Uranium One deal never should have gone through. Moreover, both Robert Mueller and current deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein were directly involved – and current Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other Justice Department officials appear to be covering for them.

In short, the FBI had ample evidence of the Russian bribery plot before the Obama administration approved the Uranium One deal thanks to their embedded mole in the Russian nuclear industry.

The informant – outed as energy consultant William Campbell – was “threatened” by Obama admin AG Loretta Lynch to keep quiet with an iron-clad gag order, according to his attorney – former Reagan Justice Dept. official and former Chief Counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee Victoria Toensing. After Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-VA) demanded Campbell be allowed to testify in front of Congress, the gag order was lifted.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions originally tried to claim that there was no connection between Uranium One and the nuclear transport bribery case, however several congressional republicans pushed back:

“Attorney General Sessions seemed to say that the bribery, racketeering and money laundering offenses involving Tenex’s Vadim Mikerin occurred after the approval of the Uranium One deal by the Obama administration. But we know that the FBI’s confidential informant was actively compiling incriminating evidence as far back as 2009,” Rep. Ron DeSantis, (R-Fla.) told The Hill.

“It is hard to fathom how such a transaction could have been approved without the existence of the underlying corruption being disclosed. I hope AG Sessions gets briefed about the CI and gives the Uranium One case the scrutiny it deserves,” added DeSantis, whose House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittees is one of the investigating panels.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) sent a similar rebuke last week to Rosenstein, saying the deputy attorney general’s first response to the committee “largely missed the point” of the congressional investigations.

“The essential question is whether the Obama Justice Department provided notice of the criminal activity of certain officials before the CFIUS approval of the Uranium One deal and other government decisions that enabled the Russians to trade nuclear materials in the U.S,” Grassley scolded.”

Meanwhile, journalists John Solomon and journalist Sara Carter claim to have copies of the FBI informant’s evidence, while Carter issued an explosive report in late November laying out the players, the timeline, and the evidence at hand.

“By the time the sale of Uranium One was approved by the Obama Administration, the FBI’s investigators had already gathered substantial evidence and the bureau was also aware of Russia’s intentions to enter the U.S. energy market and its desire to purchase a stake in American uranium,” Carter writes.

Highlights: 

  • FBI mole William Campbell was a highly valued FBI asset – paid $51,000 by FBI officials at a celebration dinner in Chrystal City, VA, where Campbell’s attorney says they thanked him for his service.
  • Campbell was required by the Russians, under threat, to launder large sums of money – which allowed the FBI to uncover a massive Russian “nuclear money laundering apparatus”
  • Campbell collected over 5,000 documents and briefs over a six year period
  • Campbell uncovered a Russian plot to penetrate the Obama administration and gain approval for the Uranium One sale, including a 2010 email which describes “Russia’s intent on expanding its Uranium expansion in the United States.”

“This is not just about bribery and kickbacks but about a U.S. company that was transporting yellow-cake for the Russians with our approval,” an unnamed U.S. Intelligence official told Carter, adding “This should raise serious questions. At the time everyone was concerned about Russia’s ties to Iran, we still are. And of course, Russia’s intentions and reach into the U.S. energy market.”

Given Friday’s unsealed indictment, however it looks like the DOJ may have changed their tune on Campbell. If so, perhaps that “briefcase full of bribe money” video will finally see the light of day.

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Author: Tyler Durden
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  1. Michigan Wolverine says:

    And
    The Guilty are ,and will stay Free

    Piss ya off enough yet?

    better get used to nothing being done about this criminality too

    • Stuart says:

      But something is being done about it. Didn’t you read the article? In fact, this may just be the brilliant move that puts Shrillary away as her involvement will come out in this trial. Hopefully Muller and Rosenstein, who certainly appear to be quite dirty, will be exposed as well.

      Everybody expects direct attacks but this way the Trump administration can deflect claims of partisan political games. Remember the “Art of the Deal”. This just may be the opening move in what becomes the chess game of the decade. Time will tell but my money is on Trump.

    • Heartless says:

      You’re unfortunately right Mi.Wolverine. Sessions, Mueller,…. all of them are scumbags. Not a one now or formerly in power will ever serve a day. Sure, some underling will be drug out for public ridicule and probable incarceration; but, the real sources of these crimes? Never.

    • John Stiner says:

      Hillary sells America’s uranium to the Russians for illegal bribes = nobody cares

      Trump says “shithole” = Whole world freaks out.

      mmmmmmmmmmm……….

      Is there hope for America, I think not.

  2. The question “Can we do this legally?” has been changed to “How much will it cost us?”.

  3. montanalive says:

    Don’t be stupid. Every last politician is corrupt and stabs you in the back with a smile on their face. The only people who play by the rules are those without power and money. Rejoicing the investigation of one side over the other is foolish but in the rare occasion that any politician is held accountable we should all rejoice.
    The politic is sold on one philosophy or the other. In fact, the Republicans will get in your pocket thru business and the Democrats will get in thru taxes. Either way we are nothing but a pog in their scramble for money and power.

  4. James D says:

    If this goes much further some big heads will roll. Obama? Hope so…..This Sessions might be dirty too. His days are numbered in the Trump admin

    • John Stiner says:

      Sessions is turning out to be a giant pussy.

      For the love of God, start firing people !!!

      • CrackerJack says:

        Firing them, or firing on them?

      • Plan twice, prep once says:

        I was reading an article on the 9,000 federal sealed indictments.

        In an average year there are only about a thousand federal indictments. Sessions is responsible for 9,000. This is unprecedented, no one in law enforcement has seen this level of arrests in their lifetimes.

        I understand that over 1,200 of these indictments belong to Southern California, the Los Angeles area alone, that’s 13% of all indictments or more than the entire country in a given year.

        We can only hope the arrests include a lot of pediphilia Hollywood types. I suspect there are a lot of MS-13 and drug traffickers in that 1200 for the LA area.

        Regardless, 9,000 indictments says Jeff Sessions is the most aggressive AG’s in American history. With all these sealed indictments, it’s no wonder Sessions hasn’t spoken publicly.

        The fact that one of the first indictments released to the public from the 9000, being connected with Hillary and Uranium One, I find reassuring.

  5. Never mind, I see bombs coming from North Korea about to hit Yellowstone and start an ice age. Hawaii is already sunk. And California had an 11.0 earthquake that ran along the San Andreas fault from Seattle to Mexico, causing the entire West Coast to also sink into the Ocean. There are definite suspicions that White Supremists are planning to invade Alaska, kill the Eskimos, and turn the FEMA camp there into an armed encampment under their control.

    Happy Martin Luther King Day !! Another Day, Another Communist.

    Say it ain’t true.

    _

  6. I’m a Reaganite in that I Trust but Verify,
    Based on what the FBI knew – including evidence which purportedly includes a video of Russians preparing briefcases of bribe money – the Uranium One deal never should have gone through.

    That is FAKE News.

    According to the New York Post and other news outlets, this is what happened, the opposite of what this SHTF article is saying. Hopefully, it’s an ‘honest’ mistake.

    A grand jury brought 11 counts of money laundering and wire fraud against Mark Lambert, the former head of a Maryland transportation company.

    Lambert allegedly tried to bribe an official at a subsidiary of Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corp.

  7. s moll says:

    I wonder who will be the first one assinated? It seems that anyone who sheds light on very troubling exposures never live to tell about it. Hummmmm

  8. CoinCrusher says:

    MF’s. These guilty bastards never get the consequences they deserve. There is no reason to have ANY faith in our government any more. They allow “their kind” to get away with murder, literally; and squash the hard working ilk like us to bear the brunt of their crimes. Get rid of them all by hanging all of them on the 14th bridge. Renew the Tree of Liberty and be done with it.

  9. DOJ Unseals Indictment Involving Uranium One Scandal

    Tired of seeing these types of Headlines – simply because … Nobody will be disciplined for this, or any other illegal activity that has been done within the U.S. Government.

    These kinds of stories only give hope to those people, who still think that there is any sort of legitimacy within the U.S Government.

    It’s all bullshit folks – there is absolutely no room for “hope” & “optimism” here to cling to that the Gov. will do the right thing.

    It completely defies “Reality”.

  10. Old Guy says:

    Only one thing. These traitors are going to GITMO. and will be tried by a Military Tribunal. No liberal judges,Sleazy lawyers and ignorant jurys to let them go free. and they will not have access to their money to bribe anyone. The Buck stops with the Military. Gen Dunsford runs the country. Trump is just part of the Circus.

 

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