Thursday, 14 December, 2017

House GOP Is Investigating Obama-era Uranium Deal

Hillary Clinton on the Graham Norton show screenshot Hillary Clinton on the Graham Norton show screenshot
Andrew Cummings | 25 October, 2017, 00:59

The House Intelligence and Oversight Committees are investigating Russia's involvement in a controversial Obama-era uranium deal, the panel's chairman announced Tuesday.

Mr. Trump has also long charged that former FBI Director James Comey used his agency to protect Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign.

Recently, President Trump and Fox News have been harping about "real" Russia story - Hillary Clinton selling uranium to Russians. This latest probe announcement comes after top Republicans said Comey drafted a letter exonerating Clinton before completing key interviews.

"The Russian government continues to represent a clear and present threat to the United States and our democratic system, and we are the targets of near-constant cyberattacks by foreign adversaries".

As close associates of President Donald Trump are questioned as part of congressional investigations into Russia's election interference, House Republicans announced two probes looking back at the Obama administration, including the renewed examination of Democrat Hillary Clinton's emails.

The Republican congressmen claim there are still a "host of outstanding questions" regarding how the Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI oversaw the Clinton email investigation.

Minutes later Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and a prominent Trump defender, announced an examination of the uranium story.

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Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said Tuesday that the panel has "been looking into this for a while now" but made a decision to formally start the inquiry in light of new evidence, reported in the Hill, that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been investigating Russian efforts to influence the American nuclear industry through various corrupt schemes. He claimed in October 2016 that Clinton gave uranium to Russian Federation "for a big payment", which the Washington Post later said was inaccurate. "This is basically based off of our conversations with informants over the last several months", he said.

The deal was approved by Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which includes representatives of 16 U.S. departments and agencies, including the secretaries of the Treasury, State, and Homeland Security. Russian Federation later assumed full ownership of the company.

The California Republican told reporters Tuesday that the new investigation was separate from the Russian Federation probe into election meddling.

What was the uranium deal?

Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee also announced that it would be investigating the matter.

Bossie doubled down that those collusion allegations are "fabricated", but he argued the same can not yet be said of reports about the Clintons' involvement in the Uranium One deal.

Nunes has become a focal point of such efforts before.

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