About that CFIUS approval for the sale of uranium to Russia…
It was in October of 2010 that the sale of the majority ownership of Uranium One to Russian atomic agency Rosatom took place. This is how it all went down:
Frank Giustra, a Canadian mining financier, wins a major uranium deal in Kazakhstan for his company, UrAsia, days after visiting the country with former President Bill Clinton.
Mr. Giustra donates $31.3 million to the Clinton Foundation.
UrAsia merges with a South African mining company and assumes the name Uranium One. In the next two months, the company expands into the United States.
Negotations begin for an investment in Uranium One by the Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom.
Uranium One and former UrAsia investors make $8.65 million in donations to the Clinton Foundation. Uranium One investors stand to profit on a Rosatom deal.
Rosatom subsidiary ARMZ takes a 17 percent ownership stake in Uranium One.
Investors give millions more in donations to the Clinton Foundation.
Rosatom seeks majority ownership of Uranium One, pending approval by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, of which the State Department is a member.
Rosatom says it does not plan to increase its stake in Uranium One or to take the company private.
JUNE 29, 2010
Bill Clinton is paid $500,000 for a speech in Moscow by a Russian investment bank with ties to the Kremlin that assigned a buy rating to Uranium One stock.
Rosatom’s majority ownership approved by Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.
Rosatom takes full control of Uranium One and takes it private.
100% STAKE Rosatom
Golly, who could have imagined the Russians would lie? Certainly not the Clinton’s or Obama. Rosatom is Vladimir Putin.
The Committee on Foreign Investment in the US at the time consisted of:
Commerce Gary Locke
Defense Bob Gates
Office of Science & Technology Policy Holdren
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk
In 2006, Richard Perle said this about CFIUS:
“The committee almost never met, and when it deliberated it was usually at a fairly low bureaucratic level.” He also added, “I think it’s a bit of a joke if we were serious about scrutinizing foreign ownership and foreign control, particularly since 9/11.”
We have learned that the FBI uncovered a Russian bribery scheme before the sale was approved.
Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.
Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show.
They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.
We have also learned that not only did Bill Clinton get paid off to the tune of $500,000, he also paid a visit to Vladimir Putin’s home, apparently to cement the deal:
When planning a trip to Moscow for a speaking engagement in June 2010, former President Bill Clinton reportedly tried to meet with an official who was part of a Russian state-run company seeking approval to purchase a uranium company with holdings in the United States. Instead, Clinton wound up meeting with Vladimir Putin.
A month prior to the trip, Clinton, whose wife Hillary Clinton was secretary of state at the time, asked the State Department if it had any “concerns” about a list of 15 people he intended to meet in Russia, The Hill reported Thursday, citing emails and government records.
It seems Clinton asking State (i.e. Hillary Clinton) if it had any “concerns” was a diversion from his intent to meet directly with Putin, because Clinton didn’t meet with any of the people he asked about:
According to The Hill, the emails did not indicate how the matter was concluded, but Bill Clinton ended up not meeting with Dvorkovich or the 14 others listed. Also, aides to the Clintons and its foundation said the former president never met anyone involved in the Rosatom-Uranium One deal.
But Clinton did visit Putin at his home. At the time, Putin was serving as Russia’s prime minister after having spent eight years as its president, from 2000 to 2008.
At the time the FBI which uncovered the Russian bribery plot was headed by Robert Mueller- yes, THAT Robert Mueller. It is not known who the FBI informed about the plot.
The FBI told Newsweek it had no comment as to whether Mueller had alerted senior Obama administration officials, including Clinton, about the ongoing FBI investigation before they brokered the deal.
That’s pretty interesting.
Republican Sen. John Barrasso is looking for information about what CFIUS knew about the deal and the bribery backstory. They are stiffing him:
Barrasso received a response from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in March 2011, which defended the deal since it did not also give Uranium One a license to export uranium.
However, the New York Timesreported that even without an export license, Uranium One had been exporting yellowcake to Canada by using a proxy transport company that was licensed.
Barrasso’s letter to the Treasury Department in 2015 asked for copies of any letters and emails from any agency that participated in the CFIUS review and expressed any concerns regarding the national security implications of the deal. He never received a response.
It is time to subpoena everyone on that Committee (and Obama as well) and have them testify under oath about what they knew when they approved the sale of the uranium stock to Vladimir Putin.
It’s pretty obvious now what happened. Bill Clinton gave up US guidance technology to China in return for cash donations and now Hillary and Bill have sold 20% of US uranium stocks to Vladimir Putin in return for cash- not just to Russia, but to Vladimir Putin himself. But like I said then, selling out the country for money is a long standing Clinton tradition.
I am going to bet that all on the CFIUS committee deny they knew about the bribery scandal. Now the question is- did Obama know? We already know that Obama knew about Russian attempts to mess with the election and did nothing. Did he also choose to do nothing about this? Why did they sell 20% of US uranium stocks to whom all democrats now say is our enemy?
This could be bigger than Watergate. Way bigger.