Russian Federation probe adds Obama-era uranium deal

Marsha Scott
October 25, 2017

President Trump and other Republicans have accused then-FBI director James Comey of protecting Clinton when he announced last July that he would not pursue further an investigation of Clinton's use of her private server for official business involving classified documents.

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) approved the deal, and Russian Federation later took over Uranium One. Ousted FBI Director James Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch spoke at length to Congress about that investigation a year ago, and it's the subject of an ongoing review by the Justice Department's inspector general. Clinton, as secretary of state, headed one of the nine government agencies making up CFIUS.

President Donald Trump has tried to highlight the issue and blamed Hillary Clinton for selling one-fifth of the USA capacity to produce uranium, which is used in nuclear reactors.

"We're not going to jump to any conclusions at this time, but one of the things as you know that we're concerned about is whether or not there was an FBI investigation, and if so, why was Congress not informed of this matter", Nunes said.

The announcement comes at the same time the House intelligence committee and the oversight committee announced a joint investigation into an Obama-era uranium deal. He made those allegations after visiting the White House, leading Democrats to accuse him of coordinating his efforts with the Trump administration.

The question arose as Sanders defended Trump's decision to fire Comey earlier this year, a choice Trump's former chief strategist called a mistake this week.

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Clinton was not mentioned during the press conference as part of the Russian Federation investigation.

"This is totally different from the election issue.it has nothing to do with the Russian election", King said, stressing that his focus, at the time of the deal and now, was primarily driven by concerns about "why 20 percent of the U.S.'s uranium supply was being given to a Russian-owned company".

In launching this new investigation, Nunes is adding congressional muscle to a right-wing narrative that has cast Clinton as cozying up to Russian Federation.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has also been digging into the matter, as part of a broader probe that also encompasses alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign and whether Trump's campaign associates colluded with the Russians.

Nunes said Tuesday that he has not spoken with the White House about the uranium matter.

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