Well, we might be getting answers on the Obama/Clinton Uranium One scandal sooner rather than later.
Fox News reports that the US Department of Justice has lifted a gag order that had been preventing an FBI informant from telling Congress what he knows about the case:
In a statement, the department said it had authorized the informant to discuss the 2013 agreement — known as Uranium One — and related matters with the leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the House Oversight committee, and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Uranium One refers to the name of a Canada-based company with mines in the U.S. that was bought by Rosatom, a company backed by the Russian state. The State Department, then led by Hillary Clinton, was one of nine U.S. government agencies that had to approve the deal.
All three congressional committees launched their investigation after The Hill reported that the FBI had evidence that Russian nuclear officials were involved in fraudulent dealings — including extortion, bribery and kickbacks — in 2009 before the uranium deal was approved. Congressional Republicans have since questioned how the deal was approved the following year by an inter-agency committee […]
Former President Bill Clinton also received a $500,000 speaking fee in Russia and reportedly met with Vladimir Putin around the time of the deal.
As TFPP has detailed, the ways this deal stinks to high heaven are plentiful:
“One of the things that you know we’re concerned about is whether or not there was an FBI investigation,” Nunes said. “Was there a DOJ investigation? If so, why was Congress not informed of this matter?”
At the time of the probe, former Congressman Mike Roger of Michigan was head of the committee, and he was not informed of the probe. Why is that? Should the head of the Intelligence committee not be privy to the fact that a major investigation is taking place surrounding a potential international trade deal with uranium supplies?
[…] Obama was briefed on the probe, but it does not appear that he changed anything in regards to how the Uranium One deal proceedings were carried out. Is that not the epitome of suspicious?
As nice as it is to know that Congress is looking into this and the DOJ has done this much, ultimately we all know how effective legislative committees are at bringing crooked public officials to justice: not at all. We need the Justice Department and the FBI to take the lead (and for the Obama holdovers still crawling through both agencies to be replaced with people we can actually trust to do the job, by the way). Yet last we heard, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is keeping mum on whether he’s getting involved:
“Without confirming or denying the existence of any particular investigation, I would say I hear your concerns and they will be reviewed,” he added […]
He also pressed Sessions on whether he believed it would be proper for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to conduct any review or investigation of the Obama administration’s handling of the uranium sale to the Russians. Rosenstein was the U.S. attorney in Maryland that investigated and prosecuted the Russian bribery scheme.
Sessions said that decision would be Rosenstein’s to make, although he said he hoped that he would consult senior Justice Department ethics officials.
His decision? That’s some leadership. Even with the good guys in power, far too often it seems like we take two steps forward, one and a half steps back…