Published: Wed, October 25, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

House Intel Committee announces probe into Obama-era uranium deal

House Intel Committee announces probe into Obama-era uranium deal

A confidential informant came forward, sparking the House intelligence and oversight committees to look at whether there was an FBI investigation into the deal, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said Tuesday. "We're not going to jump to any conclusions at this time". Ousted FBI Director James Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch spoke at length to Congress about that investigation past year, and it's the subject of an ongoing review by the Justice Department's inspector general.

What was the uranium deal?

In a C-SPAN interview Monday, Clinton said the new focus on the uranium deal is "baloney" and evidence that the Trump administration is anxious and trying to deflect attention away from the ongoing probes into the Trump team's alleged ties to the Kremlin.

Trump used the uranium deal to try to undercut Clinton during the campaign and draw scrutiny away from his own potential Russian Federation ties.

Since uranium is considered a strategic asset, with implications for national security, the deal had to be approved by a committee composed of representatives from a number of United States government agencies.

Russian Federation gradually acquired control of a Canadian mining company-Uranium One-with mining stakes in the United States from 2009 to 2013, a series of agreements that gave it control of 20 percent of America's uranium production capacity.

President Donald Trump repeatedly attacked Clinton over the deal during the 2016 campaign, suggesting the Clinton Foundation was paid so that the Department of State would approve the deal. The State Department is represented on the panel but Hillary Clinton's campaign said she was not involved in the process.

The line of attack was renewed recently after the Hill reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had found "substantial evidence" that Russian officials engaged in "bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering created to grow Vladimir Putin's atomic energy business inside the United States" before the Obama administration gave the deal the go-ahead.

What's important about Nunes' announcement?

Nunes is an avid defender of Trump and was stripped of his lead role in the House Intelligence Committee's Russian interference investigation earlier this year for politicizing it.

David Bossie said Attorney General Jeff Sessions must appoint a special counsel to investigate the Uranium One deal, because that's the only way to get to the bottom of it.

Taylor calls the subpoena "an abuse of authority" given that the committee chairman who signed it, Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, had stepped aside months ago from overseeing an investigation into potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

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