DOJ Clears FBI Informant In Clinton-Era Russian Bribery Scandal To Testify

by | Oct 26, 2017 | Headline News | 26 comments

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    This report was originally published by Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge


    Update (8:40 pm ET): The FBI informant who helped the Justice Department secure a conviction against the top official from the US subsidiary of Rosatom, the Russian atomic energy agency, but was blocked by the Obama Justice Department from testifying about Russian efforts to bribe and extort their way into possession of North American uranium assets – a process which was cleared by both Hillary Clinton’s State Department and Robert Mueller’s FBI – has as of moments ago been cleared to testify, the Justice Department announced on Wednesday evening.

    The informant, who has yet to be named – perhaps out of concerns about his or her life – is being represented by Victoria Toensing, a former Reagan Justice Department official and former chief counsel of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Toensing joined Grassley in urging Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Uranium One deal, which was approved in 2011 by a committee on which former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sat. Around the time the deal was approved, Bill Clinton received a $500,000 speaking fee from a bank with ties to the Russian government, as well as millions more in “charitable contributions” to the Clinton Foundation from entities with ties to the Russian government. Russia’s Tenex nuclear sales arm also secured billions in new American nuclear fuel contracts around the same time.

    The Obama administration said at the time they saw no national security reasons to block the deals, one of which gave Vladimir Putin control of 20 percent of America’s uranium stockpile. But last week a series of stories published in The Hill disclosed that before those decisions were made, the FBI had gathered extensive evidence that Vadim Mikerin. Tenex’s chief executive inside the United States, was directing a massive bribery scheme that compromised an American trucking company that shipped uranium for Russia.

    The evidence was first gathered in 2009 but charges weren’t brought until 2014. Mikerin pled guilt a year later to a money laundering charge and is currently in prison.

    But key members of Congress said they weren’t alerted to the case at the time and are now deeply concerned the Obama administration had a good security reason not to approve the deals given the corruption was uncovered.

    Now, finally, we are about to hear the full story.

    * * *

    “This cries out for a special counsel,” Toensing said on Fox News’ “Hannity” Tuesday night. “Congressional committees are fine, but this is a criminal investigation and Jeff Sessions isn’t ever going to feel comfortable appointing that, and Rod Rosenstein is recused because he was the U.S. attorney.”

    Toensing added that while Sessions can technically appoint a special counsel, he likely was “not going to be comfortable doing it.”

    “He ought to get somebody in here and get this off their hands,” Toensing said.

    According to the Hill, Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores confirmed the informant had been cleared to speak with Congress for the first time, nearly eight years after he first went undercover for the FBI. Two House committees, as well as the Senate Judiciary Committee, are investigating the deal. And the informant will now probably testify before one, or perhaps all, of the committees.

    “As of tonight, the Department of Justice has authorized the informant to disclose to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, as well as one member of each of their staffs, any information or documents he has concerning alleged corruption or bribery involving transactions in the uranium market, including but not limited to anything related to Vadim Mikerin, Rosatom, Tenex, Uranium One, or the Clinton Foundation,” she said.

    Earlier, Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., threatened to use his subpoena power to get access to the informant, who had signed an NDA with the FBI and was unable to speak publicly about Uranium One.

    NY Rep. Peter King during an appearance on Fox News accused the FBI of stonewalling Congress.

    The committees are keen to learn what the informant knows about any Russian efforts to curry favor with Bill and Hillary Clinton, to win Obama administration approval for Moscow’s purchase of large uranium assets in the United States or to secure billions in new contracts uranium sales contracts with American utilities.

    “The FBI has informed me that they are releasing my client from his NDA so that he can testify to Congress about his work uncovering the Russian nuclear bribery case and the efforts he witnessed by Moscow to gain influence with the Clintons in hopes of winning favorable uranium decisions from the Obama administration,” Toensing said.

    “He is now able and willing to talk with the confessional committees seeking his testimony though I will be working with all parties to ensure his identity remains confidential to ensure his safety,” she added.

    * * *

    Hillary Clinton is back in the crosshairs of Congressional investigators after two House committees launched investigations into the circumstances surrounding the Obama-era Uranium One deal more than a year after suspicions of a quid-pro-quo were first raised by Peter Schweizer in his infamous “Clinton Cash” expose.

    The Hill breathed new life into those allegations last week when it reported on an FBI investigation into attempts by Russian nuclear industry officials at the US-based subsidiary of Rosatom (the Russian nuclear agency)  to bribe and extort their way into control of Canada-based Uranium One – and by extension, the 20% of US uranium assets it controls.

    And now that the Uranium One story has found its way back into mainstream consciousness, Chuck Grassley, the widely respected head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is calling for the DOJ to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the deal. The thinking is, presumably, if Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein felt comfortable appointing a prosecutor to dig into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, he should be equally comfortable appointing a prosecutor to investigate these serious allegations from the Obama era. “Whoever in DOJ is capable” of launching an investigation into Uranium One should go ahead and do so, Grassley tweeted.

    Earlier this month, Grassley’s committee became the first to launch a probe into the Uranium One deal. Last night, it was joined by two House committees after House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said House Intel and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committees would be seeking to learn whether there was in fact an official FBI investigation into the Uranium One deal, and if so, why Congress wasn’t informed.

    In addition, the chairmen of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees yesterday announced a joint investigation into the FBI’s handling of a probe into Clinton’s use of a private email server after emails showed earlier this month that former FBI Director James Comey drafted a letter exonerating Clinton before the investigation had been officially completed.

    Looking ahead, we wonder if Grassley will be joined by Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on Grassley’s committee who has previously expressed support for an investigation into Clinton’s campaign-era conduct (specifically whether the Clinton’s improperly colluded with former AG Loretta Lynch) or perhaps some other Democrat.


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      1. No one was indicted for the IRS scandal. No one was indicted for the illegal NSA unmasking. If no one important is indicted for this stuff then the rule of law is non-existent in D.C. And we are a failed state. We are no different than Zimbabwe and Venezuela.

        • The informant will probably commit suicide by shooting themselves in the back of the head several times.

          • With two different calibers and no weapon found. I have been looking but I can’t find one like that either.

            • My guess is the informant will be found, like all the other “mysterious” Clinton deaths, with something like having slipped on a banana peel in the shower, then drowning in the 1/10″ water, after falling on a razor blade, which bounced and set up an unloaded gun which nevertheless fired and hit him in the back of the head. This, after previous injuries having fallen asleep on some railroad tracks (the RR one is actually a real one from the past!). I suppose then Ruth “Bladder” Ginsburg – possibly even more evil than Hitlery – will rule it a suicide.

              What is most bothersome, tho, is how STUPID the populace has become, to allow these people into power. To think she even got ONE vote, let alone millions, is simply staggering. I would vote for my CAT over these people.

              • What is your cat’s name? Oh wait… I don’t consent to allow anyone to act on my behalf.

            • Well Tyler of course there will be a “story”.

          • oh dear! did you guys hear?…that informant DIED tomorrow.

            • Too funny, BCD! Best post of the day here!!

              • thanks for the compliment, test! the only thing i’ve repeated more than that joke, is the third grade…but i STILL laugh when i hear it.

        • Totally agree with your assessment.

      2. Looks like Slick’s “bimbo eruptions” manager is in for a interesting time.

        Thankfully, she will have the dough to defend herself from all the money she got for selling political favours for dough while Secty of state, selling national secrets to the Chinese back in the 1990s, taking all that money from the Haitians, and her “miraculous” cattle futures trades in the 90s, the dough from Weinstein, ad nauseam.

        Hilary is the DEFINITION of what ails country, and indeed the West. Corrupt, venal, lying, power-hungry, arrogant, hypocritical, nasty, vicious – oh, and did I say lying? – and worse. And it is STAGGERING to think she got a plurality of votes last election (even if that was gained by illegals voting, she still got a good slug of real citizens).

        Hilary is nothing more than a token of the death of this country. A country can survive people like her, or Obungler. It cannot survive a dumbed down, corrupt, ignorant, lazy, self-entitled POPULACE that voted her in. And the only way to remedy that is through **communication and education**. We best keep after it…. there is no backup plan. As Reagan said, the US is the best, and last, hope for the world. Trump ain’t perfect (nor am I), but we need to get on board with him and push for freedom and liberty hard. Otherwise the fascist brownshirts at Antifa will win the day (and they are EXACTLY brownshirts, whre Nazi stands for National SOCIALIST, so calling Antifa fascist is precisely correct)

        • remember back during the elections, when killary had walking pneumonia?….turns out it was LYING pneumonia….

      3. Simple: those rotten ass Clintons deserve to HANG in public for all to see and to spit and piss on their lifeless, swinging bodies and broken necks!

        • where’s the “like” button?….anybody seen the like button?

          • Yeah, I hope Mac can bring that back. Too bad the leftist trolls are so disgustingly puerile. I like Disqus (I think that’s the spelling) that some sites use myself, as you can go back and edit all your typos and solecisms

            • Of course you like Disqus. Certain (((topics))) are heavily censored by key words.

              • Rrrrealy? Most of the threads that I regularly visit use Disqus and I have never been censored. F bombs on occasion, correcting the misuse of anti-semitic, etc., etc.

        • Agreed C-C — when I see them swinging in the breeze; and only then, will I believe in justice. Let the crows pick their bones, wild dogs to chew those same. Set up live-feed cams to entertain the masses. Best reality show ever.

      4. Food for thought:

        Why would a witness have to receive permission from the FBI to testify?

        Does the FBI control a person’s First Amendment rights?
        Why would T.H.E. national criminal investigative authority NOT want a prosecution witness to testify about criminal activity?

      5. When the executive branch can choose which laws to enforce and which laws to ignore, you have a failed state. When state governments can choose which Federal laws to ignore, you have secession.

      6. This is a treasonable act in my opinion.

        During his presidency, a military report surfaced that he (Clinton) wanted the hatches on U.S. Trident Submarines welded shut and he also said or proposed that The U.S. would not launch a response to a Soviet First Strike until the 1st recorded Nuclear explosion in The U.S.

        This also was reported in the news.

        No, I am not teasing or playing anyone.

        The U.S. Government for the longest time has been infiltrated by communists and/or people who hate America.

      7. Everyone got caught with their pants down. From the fbi to hillary to obama. That’s why she’s not doing life right now.

      8. Nothing has changed or is likely to change from one president to the next. The Clintons have been protected and will continue to be shielded from the lies that the entire federal government represents. Why does a president have the right to not release their tax records? Because they paid no taxes. Justice mafia style. Much of political history is flatout lies backed up by bigger lies.

      9. Clintons are the definition of “slick lawyers.” Remember “slick Willy’s” effort to tell the nation we couldn’t understand the definition of “is.” These corrupt individuals know how to hide money by using a “Foundation.” They know how to make witnesses disappear. Their disregard for the “little people’s” laws knows no bounds. For anyone that has held a clearance, the idea of 3,000 emails regarding the Sect. Of State being on an unsecured site is treasonous. Selling influence to other nations for personal gain is treasonous. With that said, I expect the Senate (House of Lords) to circle the wagons and continue to protect SWAMP CREATURES.

      10. There will be nothing come of this, it’s already been debunked multiple times.

        Let’s not let it distract us from the real treasonous crime of Trump colluding with the Russians to steal the election.

      11. My guess is the whistleblower gets snuffed within 72 hours.

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