The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reportedly buried evidence tying the Clinton Foundation to a Russian bribery scheme underway as the Obama administration decided whether or not to give Moscow control over U.S. uranium reserves.
FBI officials collected evidence of a Russian bribery scheme that started as early as 2009, including â€œan eyewitness account â€” backed by documents â€” indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clintonâ€™s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow,â€ The HillÂ reported Tuesday.
The Clinton Foundation became a lightning rod for controversy during the 2016 election. Critics, including President Donald Trump, claimed the Clinton Foundation was engaged in influence peddling â€” trading donations for political favors. the Clintons repeatedly denied these allegations.
On the campaign trail, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defended her role in approving Rosatomâ€™s, Russiaâ€™s state-owned nuclear energy company, acquisition of Canadian mining company Uranium One.
Clinton said there was no reason at the time to oppose the Uranium One deal, and argued the committee she served on had no veto power to stop the deal â€” they only gave the president a recommendation.
But The Hill found documents showing investigators â€œhad gathered substantial evidence well before the committeeâ€™s decision that Vadim Mikerin â€” the main Russian overseeing Putinâ€™s nuclear expansion inside the United States â€” was engaged in wrongdoing starting in 2009.â€
â€œThe Russians were compromising American contractors in the nuclear industry with kickbacks and extortion threats, all of which raised legitimate national security concerns,â€ a source who worked on the case told The Hill.
â€œAnd none of that evidence got aired before the Obama administration made those decisions,â€ the source said.
Rosatom began its Uranium One takeover in 2009, and U.S. officials approved the Uranium One take over in October 2010. The takeover gave Russia control over 20 percent of U.S. uranium reserves.
The merger lasted through 2013, and during that time donations from the charitable foundation of Uranium Oneâ€™s chairman donated $2.35 million to the Clinton Foundation.
Former President Bill Clinton also got $500,000 for a speech he gave in Moscow shortly after Rosatom announced its plans to take control of the Canadian mining company. Clinton was paid by a â€œRussian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock,â€ The New York TimesÂ reportedÂ in 2015.
Mikerin was sentenced 48 months in prison and fined more than $2.1 million in late 2015, but the Justice Departmentâ€™s release on the court case totally omitted any evidence about â€œRussian nuclear officials trying to ingratiate themselves with the Clintons,â€ The Hill found, despite evidence of â€œthe transmission of millions of dollars from Russiaâ€™s nuclear industry to an American entity that had provided assistance to Bill Clintonâ€™s foundation.â€
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