The Justice Department has announced Wednesday evening it has officially lifted the gag order preventing an FBI informant from telling and showing Congress the details and evidence regarding Uranium One, a deal which allowed a Russian-Government owned entity to acquire 20% of the United States’ Uranium. Uranium is considered a key component in the manufacturing of nuclear weapons and the operation of nuclear power plants.
The Department of Justice has cleared a path for an FBI informant to discuss matters pertaining to the Uranium One deal; a deal that was initiated in 2009 and completed in 2013. The informant was cleared by the Justice Department to discuss these matters with three committees: Senate Judiciary Committee, House Oversight Committee, and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
As The Hill reported, the FBI had evidence of Russian nuclear officials engaging in extortion, bribery, and numerous kickbacks prior to the 2009 approval of Uranium One. Republicans in Congress have launched investigations from all three Congressional committees as to why the deal was approved when the FBI had evidence of fraudulent dealings on behalf of Russian nuclear officials.
The informant’s input on this transfer of American Uranium to a Russian owned company is crucial as numerous investigations have begun into what appears to be “pay-to-play.” Frank Giustra, a top Clinton donor and owner of UrAsia Energy, sold his company to Uranium One; UrAsia held license to mine American uranium deposits. Uranium One was chaired by another top Clinton Foundation Donor, Ian Telfer. Uranium One was then sold to Rosatom in 2013, a Russian owned company controlled by the Kremlin.
It is also reported that Bill Clinton met with Vladimir Putin while the deal was being finalized and received a $500,000 speaking fee; double his usual speaking fee.
On Tuesday, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) publically called for the appointment of a Special Counsel to investigate the Uranium One deal.
The FBI informant was eager to testify under the Obama Administration’s Department of Justice but he was stonewalled, now the Trump DOJ has cleared the way. The informant also claims to have been threatened by the Obama DOJ under both Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch. He also claims to have maintained letters detailing threats should he come forward with information regarding Uranium One; information that was absolutely crucial to America’s national security.