The Hill reported Tuesday that the FBI had gathered substantial evidence of bribery, kickbacks, extortion, and money laundering by Russian nuclear officials before a controversial deal with Moscow in 2010.
The Obama administration potentially knew of corruption at a Russian nuclear supplier years before it agreed to sign over 20 per cent of US’s uranium supply to the company, a new report has claimed.
The Hill claims federal agents found evidence of illegal payments made to an employee at a Russian nuclear company years before the Obama administration allowed the company to make a major business deal.
Sources told The Hill there was an eyewitness account, backed by documents, indicating Russian nuclear officials routed millions of dollars designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow.
In 2010, the State Department and government agencies on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States approved the partial sale of Canadian mining company Uranium One to the Russian nuclear giant Rosatom, giving Moscow control of more than 20 percent of America’s uranium supply.
In 2011, the administration gave approval on a different deal involving a subsidiary of Rosatom.
“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.
President Trump has used the Uranium One deal to counter allegations people tied to his campaign colluded with Russia.
The decision sparked controversy years later, following a 2015 bombshell report: The New York Times found Moscow had paid millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation at the same time the US was pondering the Rosatom deal. Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State at the time.