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Atty. Toensing: Uranium One Informant Knows of Russian Bribery and Info ‘That Involves the Clintons’

Michael W. Chapman
By Michael W. Chapman | October 31, 2017 | 4:19 PM EDT

Reporters John Solomon, Sara
Carter, lawyer Victoria Toensing, and Sean Hannity, Oct. 24, 2017.
(YouTube screenshot.) 

The lawyer representing a former FBI informant who gathered evidence on kickbacks and bribery involving a Russian nuclear official and the transportation of uranium in the United States said her client will brief Congress about Russian penetration into the U.S. uranium market, steps that included widespread bribery and actions that involved former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

"I'm not going into detail," attorney Victoria Toensing said on the Oct. 24 Hannity. "You know that, Sean. But he [informant] will give an overview and specific conversations that he had with Russians in what they were thinking about the money that they were spending. I mean, let me just be that general -- and it involves the Clintons."

Toensing also confirmed that her client was told that details about the undercover investigation he was involved in -- which led to the prosecution of Russian nuclear official Vadim Mikerin who worked for a subsidiary of the Russian-state nuclear firm Rosatom -- were put into the daily briefing papers of President Barack Obama by the FBI.

The director of the FBI at that time was Robert Mueller, and he is now the special counsel investigating alleged Russian collusion with the 2016 Trump campaign.  (The undercover investigation involving Toensing's client occurred between 2009 and 2014, and the senior attorney on the case was Rod Rosenstein, who is now the deputy attorney general of the United States and the official who appointed Mueller as special counsel.) 

Further, all this information indicates that many senior Obama administration officials knew about instances of bribery and money laundering involving at least one Russian official, at a time when Russia wanted to expand its uranium market in the United States, and when the administration through a special committee had to approve or deny the sale of a company, Vancouver-based Uranium One, to Rosatom. (Rosatom is the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation.) 

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who was FBI director during the kickback and bribery investigation and when Uranium One was sold to Rosatom. (YouTube)

Some of the people on that Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States included then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Attorney General Eric Holder, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napalitano, and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

The committee approved the sale of Uranium One to Rosatom in October 2010. That sale gave Russia, and President Vladimir Putin, control over 20% of U.S. uranium production. (At least nine investors in Uranium One -- prior to, during, and after that sale -- donated $145 million to the Clinton Foundation.)

"So, Mueller, [Rod] Rosenstein, maybe even [James] Comey at the time, and the president of the United States -- certainly Eric Holder was the head of the DOJ -- they all knew that they had all this evidence that the Russians had infiltrated with the purpose of a criminal enterprise to corner the market on uranium, the foundational material of nuclear weapons?" asked Hannity. 

Toensing said, "That is correct."

Also on Hannity was Circa News investigative reporter Sara Carter, who knows the informant and has done extensive reporting on the case. Hannity asked her, based on what she knows, how bad the scandal is and she said, "I think that this will lead to an investigation that will expose and finally for once tell the American people and Congress what actually happened with the Uranium One deal, how far the Russians are willing to go. And the connections those Russians made in the United States."

"That is going to be imperative," said Carter.  "And there's so much there. It's like we've unraveled a threat, right? And it just doesn't stop unraveling. So, I think that the momentum needs to be kept up."

Former President Bill Clinton.  (YouTube screenshot.) 

Currently, two House committees are investigating the Uranium One case: the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.  Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is also looking into the matter. Last Tuesday, Grassley called on the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to investigate the Uranium One scandal. 

On Hannity, Sara Carter also said a special counsel should be appointed. "I think this cries out for a special counsel," she said. "I just don't see how this can continue on. Congressional committees are fine. But this really takes -- this is a criminal investigation. And Jeff Sessions isn't ever going to feel comfortable coordinating that. And Rod Rosenstein is recused --"

Attorney Toensing then said, "Jeff Sessions can appoint a special counsel. He's not recused. He is just not going to be comfortable doing it. Because he ought to get somebody in here and get this off their hands."

Although the informant was under a gag order he was forced to sign by the DOJ under President Obama, that Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) reportedly was lifted late last week and he and Toensing apparently are working out the details for him to speak with members of Congress.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley. (YouTube) 

 


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Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
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