While most of the media obsessed with Russia are wondering about claims of election hacking in 2016, a report from The Hill shows a different type of Russian corruption that involved an American president and a presidential candidate. The case goes back to 2009 and wrapped up in 2015 and is only now coming to light after The Hill reviewed court documents and affidavits on the case:
Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.
According to The Hill, the FBI relied on a confidential informant working in Russia that fed them information about Moscow using bribes and extortion to hold sway over American trucking companies active in the nuclear industry. The report also notes how intimately the Clintons profited from the deal:
They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.
That favorable decision, as Newsweek reports, was the takeover of Uranium One, a Canadian firm with ties to former Russian republics and a major stake in American uranium deposits, to a Russian firm:
The deal that boosted Vladimir Putin’s nuclear footprint in the U.S. took place in October 2010 when the State Department and the Committee on Foreign Investment unanimously agreed to a partial sale of Uranium One, a Canadian mining company, to the major Russian nuclear company Rosatom, effectively sending more than 20 percent of the U.S.’s uranium to Moscow.
According to reports by both news organizations, the racketeering that was taking place inside the USA was authorized by high level Russian officials. Despite being warned of many of these problems, the Obama administration approved the sale claiming there were no national safety concerns.