Report: Informant in Uranium One Has Damning Evidence Against Obama Administration
Investigative reporter Sara Carter, of Circa News, posted an article on Hannity.com which detailed how the FBI informant involved in Uranium One deal collected damning evidence detailing the extensive ties between the Russian government and the Canadian firm, and how that information was purposely kept from Congress so as not to derail the sale from proceeding, with the Obama Department of Justice going so far as to keep the informant from testifying in court when the conspirators involved in the bribery and kickbacks were finally brought up on charges so as to keep all connection of that investigation to the sale out of the public record.
What follows are the highlights of Carter’s reporting:
Recent pushback in Congressional testimony by Department of Justice Attorney General Jeff Sessions, as well as unnamed Justice Department officials in several news articles, stating that the case involving a highly placed FBI confidential informant in the Russian nuclear industry was not connected to the sale of the Canadian firm Uranium One in 2010, does not coincide with the trove of documents, emails and memoranda obtained by this reporter that prove otherwise.
Moreover, an American energy consultant, who is now an official with the Department of Energy’s office of Nuclear Energy, produced a memorandum regarding the acquisition of Uranium One and other legislative matters for one of the main Russian co-conspirators that was then under an FBI clandestine investigation.
Within the over 5,000 documents and briefs, were detailed plans of Russia’s state controlled nuclear arm Rosatom, and its subsidiaries, to penetrate America’s vast energy market and its efforts to gain approval of the United States government for the eventual purchase of Uranium One. At the time, Uranium One controlled roughly 20 percent of American uranium mining capacity. In fact, the evidence obtained by the Department of Justice and FBI, starting as early as 2008 paint a much different picture than that of recent reports regarding the confidential informant, William D. Campbell Jr., and his role. According to the documents, Campbell gained insight into Russia’s strategic plans to gain global dominance in the uranium industry and to build a closer relationship with Obama administration officials…
“The Department of Justice has authorized the confidential informant to disclose to the chairmen and ranking members of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, as well as staff, any information or documents he has concerning alleged corruption or bribery involving transactions in the uranium market,” said Isgur Flores.
“Until the informant publicly speaks to what he knew or knows about these matters, we are unable to respond further,” she added.
Memos and emails show that Campbell also was directly asked by Rosatom colleagues to assist in overcoming U.S. political opposition to the Uranium One purchase.
At the time, the FBI was headed by director Robert Mueller, who is now the Special Counsel investigating allegations of Trump Russia collusion. Also involved was current Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who then was U.S. Attorney for Maryland, where the Russian’s nuclear arm’s American subsidiary Tenam was based. Tenam was a subsidiary of the Russian commercial company responsible for the sale and transportation of this uranium to the U.S. is the Kremlin-controlled company “Tenex” and Tenex is a subsidiary of the Russian state nuclear arm, Rosatom…
In 2006 and 2007, Campbell was already known to the bureau but his prior work with the U.S. government has not been authorized for release…By July, 2009, Campbell had garnered the Russian’s trust and signed a contract with “Tenex/Rosatom,” according to his contract. It was after signing the contract and discovering the corruption inside the Russian companies that he went voluntarily to the bureau to inform them of what he believed was money laundering and bribery schemes.
The Department of Justice asked him to continue working with the Russians, and in return he provided the FBI with insurmountable evidence of corruption, kickbacks and money laundering during his four years undercover. By the time the sale of Uranium One was approved by the Obama Administration, the FBI’s investigators had already gathered substantial evidence and the bureau was also aware of Russia’s intentions to enter the U.S. energy market and its desire to purchase a stake in American uranium, the documents show.
Campbell was asked by the FBI to sign a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) that prevented him from revealing what he knew to Congress, and when he attempted to file a lawsuit last year, the Obama Justice Department threatened him with loss of freedom and that his reputation would be tainted, according to a letter written by his previous attorney in the case. He was advised to drop his lawsuit, which he did…
The bureau had collected thousands of pages of documentation, including daily briefs from Campbell, which documented his interactions with the Russians and their co-conspirators. He also became a crucial eyewitness to the inside workings and maneuverings of the Russian nuclear industry. His information eventually led to the successful prosecution and indictments of four players involved in the scheme, which included American and Russian nationals, according to court documents and Toensing.
“Beginning in 2008, Mr. Campbell provided the U.S. government ample documented evidence of corruption in the Russian nuclear industry. Nevertheless, in October 2010 the Obama Administration authorized that corrupt entity to purchase a company that controlled 20% of the U.S. uranium supply,”…
…Adding to the colorful array of Russian criminals the FBI was watching, was a Russian national named Vadim Mikerin. He was then a top official of the Russian nuclear arms subsidiary Tenex. Mikerin, who had close ties to elite members of the Kremlin, and who bragged in emails and documents about his families connections to current Russian President Vladimir Putin, would later become president of Tenam, the American subsidiary that began operations in 2010, according to the contract. Boris Rubizhevsky, another Russian national from New Jersey, who was president of the security firm NEXGEN Security, also pleaded guilty in 2015, to conspiracy to commit money laundering. He served as a consultant to TENAM and to Mikerin. He was sentenced to prison last week along with three years of supervised release and a $26,500 fine, according to a recent Reuters report.
Mikerin was eventually arrested for a racketeering scheme that dated back to 2004, and included fraud, extortion and money laundering. But he only plead guilty to money-laundering. He was sentenced to 48 months in prison in December 2015.
In Mikerin’s indictment, Campbell was referred to by Rosenstein as a victim, and not as a long time confidential informant with the FBI, who was also providing counterintelligence information on the Russians.
“The DOJ falsely described Mr. Campbell as a ‘victim’ in its initial indictment,” said Toensing. “The DOJ did not want the defense to cross exam Mr. Campbell about his counter intelligence activities. Those are the reasons Mr. Campbell was not utilized as a witness in 2014. The so-called ‘sources’ know so little about the case that they are not aware the agents gave him a check for over $50,000.”
Despite the wealth of information collected by the FBI during that time from Campbell, the Justice Department didn’t move forward indictments for prosecution until 2014, long after CFIUS approved the sale of Uranium One. Members of Congress and the American public were not informed in 2010 of the corruption within the Russian nuclear companies.
In one June, 2010, email from Fisk to Campbell, which was collected as evidence by the FBI, Fisk describes Russia’s intent on expanding its Uranium expansion in the United States…
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 of Uranium One, stating “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.”
Campbell eventually helped the FBI prove that Fisk’s company, which had gained approval to transport low and high enriched uranium, had been compromised by the Russian energy company Rosatom and its Tenex arm, according to court documents…”This is not just about bribery and kickbacks but about a U.S. company that was transporting yellow-cake for the Russians with our approval,” said the U.S. intelligence official, who asked not to be named due to the nature of their work. “This should raise serious questions. At the time everyone was concerned about Russia’s ties to Iran, we still are. And of course, Russia’s intentions and reach into the U.S. energy market.”
In early 2010, Russian nuclear executives, who were worried that Congressional members would find a way to block Moscow’s push into the U.S. energy market, told Campbell to hire an American nuclear expert as a consultant.
The Russian’s recommended Cheryl Moss Herman, who was then working as a freelance consultant, to help navigate the politically charged issues surrounding the purchase of Uranium One and Russia’s vested interest in American energy, according to numerous documents reviewed by this reporter.
Moss Herman, who is now an official with the United States Department of Energy, produced a detailed report in 2010 for TENAM/Tenex when she was a private energy and environmental consultant. TENAM is a fully-owned U.S. subsidiary of Tenex, which is 100 percent owned by the Russian state controlled nuclear company Rosatom, according to public documentation…
The memoranda written by Moss Herman, titled “Policy/Legislative Issues Affecting the Business Climate in the U.S. for TENAM/Tenex,” discussed the Department of Energy’s uranium regulations, congressional opposition to Russia’s purchase of Uranium One and how Russia’s relationship with Iran could plague potential deals…
Moss Herman warned the then Russian nuclear executive, Mikerin, that there was significant congressional opposition to Russia, due to its relationship with Iran, in her memorandum. She stated, “any proposal to approve the 123 Agreement would be met with resistance from some, especially House Foreign Affairs Ranking Republican Member Ros-Lehtinen, who remains concerned about Russia’s engagement with Iran.”
“There are some in Congress who believe that Russia is providing Iran with sensitive nuclear technology as well as the nuclear know-how that will allow it to proliferate a nuclear weapons program, despite Russian Government statements to the contrary,” said Moss Herman. “Based on these concerns, broad Iran sanctions legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives, with bipartisan support, in April 2009.”…
Several weeks after Moss Herman wrote her report for the Russian entities, the Uranium One deal was approved Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) by the end of October, 2010. CFIUS is an inter-agency committee that reviews transactions that would lead to a change of control of a U.S. business to a foreign person or entity that may have an impact on the national security.
When Campbell asks his FBI handlers why the sale of Uranium One was approved, he told his attorney that they responded “ask your politics.”
Last week, Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-FL, pressed Sessions, on the approval of Uranium One, stressing that the FBI had evidence from Mr. Campbell as early as 2009, that some of the companies and Russian’s connected to the nuclear arm were involved in “bribery, kickbacks and money laundering.” Rep. DeSantis, questioned whether the FBI or any member of DOJ informed the Obama administration of the case, before the administration approved the sale.
Sessions side-stepped the question, saying “the way I understood that matter was that Mr. Mikerin was convicted, was not connected to the CFIUS problem that occurred two to three years before.”…
Isgur Flores said the “Attorney General’s testimony is accurate. The criminal case in which Mikerin was convicted and the factual and legal requirements needed to make that case did not address the CFIUS matter.”
After Campbell’s gag order was lifted last month by the Department of Justice, allowing him to testify to Congress about his contribution to the case, several Justice Department officials, who formerly commended Campbell, have spoken on background to other news agencies disparaging Campbell and his work at that time.
In a story by Michael Isikoff, published on Yahoo, a DOJ official involved in the case stated that Campbell was a “disaster” as a potential witness and that “there was no question that Campbell’s credibility was such that the prosecutors had to restructure the case,” the source said.“He got cut out of the case entirely.”…
Hopefully, Campbell’s upcoming testimony before Congress will finally be able to start shedding some public light on what is unquestionably shady dealings surrounding the Uranium One sale.
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