Robert Gehl reports that a businessman who spent years working undercover as an FBI informant was blocked by Obama’s Justice Department from testifying before Congress about details of Russian involvement and influence over Hillary Clinton.
The businessman’s attorney, Victoria Toensing, said that she is working with lawmakers to get the Trump Justice Department or the FBI to allow her client to testify.
Toensing is also a former Reagan Justice Department official and former chief counsel for the Senate Intelligence Committee.
“All of the information about this corruption has not come out,” she said in an interview Tuesday with The Hill.
“And so my client, the same part of my client that made him go into the FBI in the first place, says, ‘This is wrong. What should I do about it?’”
Toensing said she also possesses memos that recount how the Justice Department last year threatened her client when he attempted to file a lawsuit that could have drawn attention to the Russian corruption during the 2016 election as well as helped him recover some of the monies Russians stole from him through kickbacks during the FBI probe.
The undercover client witnessed “a lot of bribery going on around the U.S.,” but was asked by the FBI to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) that prevents him from revealing what he knows to Congress, Toensing explained.
When he tried to bring some of the allegations to light in the lawsuit last year, “the Obama Justice Department threatened him with loss of freedom. They said they would bring a criminal case against him for violating an NDA,” she added.
The newspaper reviewed emails showing a lawyer working with the former undercover witness described the pressure the Justice Department exerted to keep the client from disclosing to a federal court what he knew last summer.
“The government was taking a very harsh position that threatened both your reputation and liberty,” the civil lawyer wrote in one email. In another, she added, “As you will recall the gov’t made serious threats sufficient to cause you to withdraw your civil complaint.”
Court records during 2014 and 2015 show a massive probe into Russian nuclear industry corruption was facilitated by an unnamed American consultant who worked for the Moscow-based nuclear energy giant Rosatom’s Tenex subsidiary on a multiyear campaign to grow Moscow’s uranium business inside the United States.
We reported Tuesday that back in 2009, the Russian government approved a bribery scheme to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy industry within the United States. According to the bombshell report published by The Hill, documents from the FBI, Energy Department, and federal courts reveal that substantial evidence existed about the corruption and infiltration of Russian bribery prior to the approval of the Uranium One deal in 2010, yet the evidence did not stop the deal from being approved.
The whole time, the Russian companies vested in the deal were pouring millions of dollars into the Clinton Foundation and Hillary herself received hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees from Russian sources.
Toensing said her client can also testify that FBI agents made comments to him suggesting political pressure was exerted during the Justice Department probe of the Russia corruption case, and that there was specific evidence that could have scuttled approval of the Uranium One deal if it became public.
“There was corruption going on and it was never brought forward. And in fact, the sale of the uranium went on despite the government knowing about all of this corruption. So, he’s coming forward. He wants the right thing to be done, but he cannot do it unless he is released from the NDA,” she added.
It’s time for the Trump Department of Justice to open this case back up. Clinton corruption has gone on for far too long.