The Hill has a new follow-up report about the FBI’s uncovering of a Russian bribery and extortion plot to gain access to the U.S. nuclear market. The new report rebuts claims that the undercover investigation had no connection to the Uranium One sale to Russia’s Rosatom, reported by Hot Air.
Reuters reported last week that informant William Campbell never mentioned the Rosatom purchase of Uranium One during interviews:
“Some people who know Campbell are skeptical that he can shed much light on Uranium One. Two law enforcement officials with direct involvement in the Rosatom bribery case in which Campbell was an informant said they had no recollection or record of him mentioning the deal during their repeated interviews with him.”
But after reviewing 5,000 documents, Hill reporter John Solomon says he is absolutely certain Campbell was aware of the sale. In fact, he was asked to help respond to political opposition to it:
“Campbell himself was directly solicited by his colleagues to help overcome opposition to the Uranium One deal, the FBI informant files show. In an Oct. 6, 2010, email with the subject line “ARMZ + Uranium One,” Fisk forwarded a news article outlining Republican efforts to derail the sale.
“The referenced article may present a very good opportunity for Sigma [Campbell’s company] to try and remove the opposing influences if that is something you can do,” Fisk wrote the informant, who was also a paid consultant for the company at the time.
So ignoring this conversation between Fisk and Campbell and despite the Russian bribery scheme, the Uranium One deal was approved. Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State was one of the people voting to approve it. After the approval, Solomon reports Campbell confronted his FBI handlers about why it had been allowed. He was told the approval was political.
“Campbell engaged in conversations with his Russian colleagues about the efforts of the Washington entity and others to gain influence with the Clintons and the Obama administration. He also listened as visiting Russians used racially tinged insults to boast about how easy they found it to win uranium business under Obama, according to a source familiar with Campbell’s planned testimony to Congress.”
Uranium One was a large enough concern for the informant that he confronted one of his FBI handlers after learning CFIUS had approved the sale and that the U.S. had given Mikerin a work visa despite the extensive evidence of his criminal activity, the source said.
These interview conversations with the Campbell are discouraging. The FBI under Obama’s administration seemed to have deliberately ignored Campbell’s intel for political reasons. The Clinton family’s ties to Russia are turning out to be deeper than anyone had known. I can’t fathom what ‘political’ reasons the Obama administration had at the time to let a criminally involved Russian company buy Uranium One. I wonder how much money the Clinton Foundation got from the Russian company for this favor?