Obama and Clinton Made Six Decisions Favorable to Russia to Enable Them to Take Over US Energy
Over 5,000 pages of documents compiled from an FBI informant reveal there was a quid pro quo of bribery and kickbacks taking place.
A nation turning over control of 20 percent of its energy to an unstable regime is dangerous. Why would any nation do that? Yet that’s what the United States has done with Russia. 5000 pages collected by an FBI informant offer a reason why.
As revealed by The Hill, the documents show that the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton as secretary of state made decisions favorable to the Russians’ energy plan six times. The Uranium One scandal isn’t the only one.
The decisions ranged from “approving the sale of Uranium One to removing Rosatom from export restrictions and making it easier for Moscow to win billions in new commercial uranium sales contracts.” Rosatom is a Russian state-owned nuclear firm. The favorable decisions occurred during Obama’s failed “reset” with Russian relations.
The Department of Justice claimed the documents FBI informant William Campbell turned over wouldn’t shed much light. The Hill determined that they reveal that Russia was trying to make the U.S. more dependent on Russian uranium. Moscow was also trying to increase their control over the world’s energy supply.
Sessions Denies Quid Pro Quo
Strangely, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein sent a letter to the Senate last month saying there was no connection between Russians attempting to bribe U.S. officials and the Uranium One sale.
They said since the criminal bribery charges weren’t brought against Vadim Mikerin, the main Russian overseeing Putin’s nuclear expansion inside the U.S. until 2014, they weren’t connected to the sale of Uranium One in 2010. Campbell’s documents show evidence of the bribery back in 2009. Nor does this take into account prosecutors often delay filing charges for various reasons.
Campbell’s documents revealed that he told FBI agents repeatedly about a Washington entity with close ties to the Clintons. It earned millions to expand Tenex’s holdings in the U.S. After the Russians hired the firm, it increased its donations to a Clinton charitable project. Campbell heard Russians bragging about how easy it was to expand U.S. uranium holdings under Obama.
Rod Fisk, an American contractor working for the Russians, sent an email to Campbell expressing his opinion that the sale of Uranium One to the Russians was “strange.” They paid a premium price to acquire the company.
Russian Business as Usual
Once Campbell heard that officials approved the sale, he approached an FBI agent with his concerns. The agent responded and told him it was “politics.”
The Russian buy is modeled after Russian takeover of the natural gas industry in East European countries. It led to monopolies that helped Russia’s economy and bolstered its reputation as a powerful country.
A program that converted Soviet warheads into U.S. nuclear fuel expired in 2013. Buying Uranium One would replace it with U.S. dependency on Russia for energy, documents show.
Leaks from the DOJ claim that Campbell isn’t very credible. He helped convict Mikerin. The DOJ blames Campbell for their decision to offer a plea deal to Mikerin, since Campbell would be a “disaster” as a trial witness.
However, the documents contradict this. After Mikerin took the plea deal, the FBI treated Campbell to a seafood dinner. They gave him $51,046.36. A a source familiar with the documents said the reason the FBI decided to offer a plea deal is because the indictment incorrectly portrayed Campbell’s role.
The DOJ will brief Congress next week on Campbell’s work. Congress intends to confirm that the FBI warned the Obama administration about the bribery and kickbacks before approving the sale.
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