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What is the Russia-Clinton uranium deal?
What is the latest on a controversial uranium deal with Russia, which was mediated, during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of state?
Attorney Gen., Jeff Sessions has “senior prosecutors” to investigate issues arising from the controversial sale of uranium, a letter from the Ministry of justice, exclusively by Fox News.
Several congressional committees have called the deal for a study in the Obama era, led mines to a Russian company for the purchase of the American uranium.
The Ministry of justice previously picked up a gag to expect on a former FBI informant, is that more information about the agreement that allows Russia to control about a fifth of the uranium mining in the United States and the former U.S. Secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s participation. The request came at the behest of many Republican lawmakers.
Now, meetings, supervise cleared the way for the appointment of a special counsel, an investigation into the deal. However, the justice has informed the Ministry that there is no confirmation for the active investigations.
The controversial sale of what is now Uranium One in a Russian company, it is what President Trump has called the “real Russia-story” as a Federal-to investigate the investigators, the Russia’s alleged involvement in the election of 2016. The hill reported that the Russian government is engaged in an “extortion scheme” to further its energy goals in the United States
What is the Uranium One deal was?
In 2013, Rosatom, supported by the Russian government, acquired the Canadian uranium-mining company, which is now the name of Uranium One assets in the U.S., uranium is the key to nuclear weapons.
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Through the deal, Russia is able to own about 20 percent of U.S. uranium production capacity. But Colin Chilcoat, an energy-affairs-specialist who has written extensively on Russia’s energy deals, said that the company only extracts about 11 percent of the uranium in the United States
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The deal also “will not allow uranium to be exported”, Chilcoat told Fox News. “It is not how to find it from the USA or somehow found its way to the more stealthy players.”
The agreement was approved, the nine authorities with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), an inter-agency group, which reviews certain foreign investments, impact on national security. Clinton’s State Department was one of those agencies, even though the former Secretary of state told WMUR-TV in the year 2015 that you will not be “personally involved” in the contract.
Why is it controversial?
The Republicans have largely complained about the thing, especially since some of the investors donated allegedly millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation. Former President Bill Clinton also received a $500,000 speaking fee in Russia and reportedly met with Vladimir Putin around the time of the offer.
The FBI had looked into the agreement and has revealed that some of the Russian nuclear industry, reported officials were engaged in nefarious dealings, extortion, bribery and kickbacks, The hills. Evidence of misconduct on the part of Vadim Mikerin, the Russian organisation of official controls on Putin’s nuclear expansion in the United States, was finally sentenced to prison, was discovered by the FBI, before the deal was approved, according to The hill.
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Author Peter Schweizer who wrote about the offer in his 2015 book “Clinton-Cash” – told Fox News that there is no evidence that the people knew, with the approval of the agreement, that the FBI had an ongoing investigation.
“If someone is denied for a foreign government in the last year of the election, it was the Clinton campaign.”
– White House press secretary Sarah Sanders
But Republicans say that the whole affair raises serious questions.
“Now it is the Democrats who have to explain a lot of things,” Republican National Committee Chairman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement. “I hope that the investigators work together in the near future with the American people and I expect the media to these new developments with the same breathless intensity that you have given this investigation since the first day.”
And White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told Fox News that “if someone is denied for a foreign government in the last year of the election, it was the Clinton campaign [and] the Democrats.”
Trump was accused of, the media not reporting enough on the Uranium One deal.
“Uranium deal to Russia, with Clinton’s help, and the Obama administration know, this will be the biggest story in that Fake media do not want to follow!”, the President tweeted on Oct. 19.
Uranium deal to Russia, with Clinton’s help, and the Obama Administration know, this will be the biggest story in that Fake media do not want to follow!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 19, 2017
And in March, Trump asked on social media why the House Intelligence Committee launched an investigation into the “Bill and Hillary deal, which allows you to go big uranium to Russia.”
How does this tie in with the other Russia investigation?
Several congressional committees and the justice Department, looking into the Russian agreement in the 2016 presidential elections – and the connections between Russians and Trump’s campaign.
“This is your true Russia’s history. Not a story where you can talk about collusion and no one was there. It was a hoax. Your real Russia history of uranium,” Trump said.
Robert Mueller, the special Council is leading the probe into the alleged Russian interference in the elections, the head of the FBI, if it Rosatom officials, extortion, and corruption are examined.
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“Their real Russia history is uranium.”
President Donald Trump
And the investigation led then-Assistant FBI Director, Andrew McCabe, now the Deputy FBI Director, and then-U.S. attorney Rod Rosenstein, now the Deputy attorney-General, The hill reported.
Miller is an investigator in the Russia probe report to Rosenstein.
The special prosecutors are instructed to investigate by the justice “certain issues” in relation to the Uranium One deal Rosenstein and meetings, Assistant Attorney Gen., Stephen Boyd reports wrote in the letter obtained by Fox News.
The Congress Committee are on the search, whether Müller, the Obama administration informed, instructed, especially those that the approval of the Uranium One deal before CFIUS approval.
To discredit In their attempt, reports of the controversy surrounding the Uranium One deal, Clinton, Trump and “his allies said, including Fox News,” by way of derogation from the investigation.
“The closer the examination of the real Russian relations between the trump staff and the real Russians … the more you want to just throwing mud on the wall,” she said on Monday. “I’m their favorite target, me and President Obama.”
What happens next?
The former informant’s lawyer, Victoria Toensing, told Fox Business that their client “may say, what all the Russians talk about during the time that all of these bribes were payments made.” The informant prevented, the testimony of the former attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, according to Toensing.
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With the gag order be lifted, the informant may said to speak with the Senate Judiciary Committee, the House Oversight Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the Ministry of justice. The informant will be able to “information or documents that he has because of alleged corruption or bribery, by transactions in the uranium market,” it said.
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“Witnesses who want to talk, the Congress should not be gagged and to talk with a criminal prosecution threatened,” sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said in a statement. The justice Ministry said on Wednesday evening that it has lifted the gag order, so that the informant discuss the offer with congressional investigators.
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Jamil Jaffer, a former legal adviser to the Ministry of justice, said that the alleged informant could allow the Congress to “follow the money”, for “if the informant was in many or all of these transactions, meetings, or talks that he will be able to provide useful information about the intention behind the transaction and whether it is quid pro quo.”
“The most important issues in this investigation all about intention and know that it was the intention of the influence on duty, and, if Yes, has the recipient of the money in exchange for taking official actions,” Jaffer, the Director of the National security law and policy program at George Mason University Antonin Scalia’s Law School, told Fox News.
But Jaffer said that the credibility of the so-called informant will also come into play.
“It was a foreign agent or a criminal, the shot? This was a private person, the FBI in the interior [of the offer]? That was an employee of the government? All of these factors, plus the level of the informant, make the access to relevant information, a big difference,” Jaffer.
Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., Fox News said that the house Oversight committee investigation “could be a criminal offence,” according to the Statute of limitations.
Fox News’ Brooke Singman, John Roberts and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @K_Schallhorn.