This is the piece of the puzzle some of us were waiting to hear. And a bad day for Obama.
For all his efforts to paint Trump as Nixon reborn, it looks like it will be Obama hearing that damning Watergate question ‘What did the President know, and when did he know it?‘
Maybe now we know why the same man who got daily briefings by his intelligence advisors still claimed to be ‘surprised’ by every news story that had something bad to say about his administration.
How many times did Obama tell us he learned about these things ‘from the news’?
Here’s a few of them:
Maybe Obama thought he was free and clear when he had silenced a former informant.
Congress rescinded his non-disclosure and had a chance to hear what he had to say.
There were a lot of unanswered questions floating around about Russia, Uranium One, Hillary and the Obama administration. And about the Russian Reset. And Obama’s promised ‘flexibility’ that would be transmitted to Vladimir. This may have shed some important light.
An FBI informant connected to the Uranium One controversy told three congressional committees in a written statement that Moscow routed millions of dollars to America with the expectation it would be used to benefit Bill Clinton’s charitable efforts while Secretary of State Hillary Clinton quarterbacked a “reset” in U.S.-Russian relations.
The informant, Douglas Campbell, said in the statement obtained by The Hill that he was told by Russian nuclear executives that Moscow had hired the American lobbying firm APCO Worldwide specifically because it was in position to influence the Obama administration, and more specifically Hillary Clinton.
There’s a lot to cover in the report from The HILL, but here are a few details (note all blockquotes refer back the primary article):
Is he credible?
Dems are trying to discredit Campbell, but he was a still a paid government informant as recently as 2016 when he was cut a cheque for $50k, long after the time in question. So the Feds — who fired Steele when his credibility became suspect — had not seen fit to cut ties from Campbell.
Names and dates
There are specific, named accusations of pay-for-play between Russian Government and the Clinton Global Initiative. Including dollar figures, pass-through methods, and the expectation of US cooperation in — Uranium One.
Republicans are seeking to use Campbell’s account to expand their investigations beyond the 2016 election and Trump to possible questions about Russian graft during the Obama administration.
They note that the FBI found Campbell’s undercover work valuable enough to reward him with a $50,000 check in 2016.
Campbell wrote that Russian nuclear executives “boasted” during vodka-fueled meetings monitored by the FBI about “how weak the U.S. government was in giving away uranium business and were confident that Russia would secure the strategic advantage it was seeking in the U.S. uranium market.”
“I expressed these concerns repeatedly to my FBI handlers. The response I got was that politics was somehow involved,” he stated.
Much of the GOP’s interest in Campbell’s story centers on the Obama administration’s approval of the Uranium One deal. That deal at the time gave the Russian mining giant Rosatom control of roughly 20 percent of America’s capacity to mine uranium.
"You always follow the money and you find out that the #Clinton Foundation…always seems to be involved in these messy, murky deals." – Former member of @FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force Steve Rogers pic.twitter.com/Rw4kRgEP1B
— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 8, 2018
The projects he was involved in
Campbell was one of the undercover informants that helped them establish that Russians were involved in kickback and bribery schemes while trying to gain access to the Uranium sector. There have been arrests and convictions relating to their kickbacks.
Russian ‘Uranium Dominance Strategy’
Campbell told lawmakers the purchase of the Uranium One assets and the securing of billions of new uranium sales contracts inside the United States during the Obama years were part of the “Russian uranium dominance strategy.”
Russia is providing Nuclear materials to Iran
Campbell provided Congress an April 16, 2010, memo he said he wrote and gave to the FBI that spelled out in detail the Russian efforts to aid Iran.
“Tenex continues to supply Iran fuel through their Russian company,” Campbell wrote in that 2010 document obtained by The Hill, naming the specific company that was being used to help. “They continue to assist with construction consult [sic] and fabricated assemblies to supply the reactor. Fabricated assemblies require sophisticated engineering and are arranged inside the reactor with the help and consult” of Russians.
(But, somehow Obama didn’t mind giving Russians access to even MORE Uranium)
Left High and Dry:
He also was never reimbursed for the hundreds of thousands of dollars he used of his own money to make bribe payments under the FBI’s direction to the Russians to facilitate his cover.
“My FBI handlers praised my work. They told me on various occasions that details from the undercover probe had been briefed directly to FBI top officials. On two occasions my handlers were particularly excited, claiming that my undercover work had been briefed to President Obama as part of his daily presidential briefing,” he said.
What’s their motive?
In the end, though, he told lawmakers he remains disturbed that the Obama administration made so many favorable decisions benefiting the Russian nuclear industry when the evidence of wrongdoing and ill intent was so extensive.
“I was frustrated watching the U.S. government make numerous decisions benefiting Rosatom and Tenex while those entities were engaged in serious criminal conduct on U.S. soil,” he wrote. “Tenex and Rosatom were raking in billions of U.S. dollars by signing contracts with American nuclear utility clients at the same time they were indulging in extortion by using threats to get bribes and kickbacks, with a portion going to Russia for high ranking officials.”
He said he never got a satisfactory answer from the FBI.
The Cynical Reply
one response I got from an agent when I asked how it was possible CFIUS would approve the Uranium One sale when the FBI could prove Rosatom was engaged in criminal conduct. His answer: ‘Ask your politics,’ ” Campbell said.
Trump ran as a law-and-order President, with his supporters chanting ‘lock her up’.
Crooked Hillary might not be the only person who should be lawyering up.
Maybe that’s why Obama has fallen uncharacteristicly silent lately.
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