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Some damning allegations have come to the surface concerning the Clinton Foundation and Russia.
While the story about the Clintons and uranium has been a popular one, the fact that the FBI was allegedly looking into it puts the issue into a whole different light.
But it's not just that, though. The Obama administration was fully aware of Russian President Vladimir Putin's push to influence the United States's energy sector. And that just scratches the surface.
According to The Hill:
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.
Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show.
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.
The racketeering scheme was conducted “with the consent of higher level officials” in Russia who “shared the proceeds” from the kickbacks, one agent declared in an affidavit years later.
The Hill then mentioned one of Putin's power brokers in the U.S. energy industry — Vadim Mikerin:
But FBI, Energy Department and court documents reviewed by The Hill show the FBI in fact had gathered substantial evidence well before the committee's decision that Vadim Mikerin — the main Russian overseeing Putin's nuclear expansion inside the United States — was engaged in wrongdoing starting in 2009.
Then-Attorney General Eric Holder was among the Obama administration officials joining Hillary Clinton on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States at the time the Uranium One deal was approved. Multiple current and former government officials told The Hill they did not know whether the FBI or DOJ ever alerted committee members to the criminal activity they uncovered.
Spokesmen for Holder and Clinton did not return calls seeking comment. The Justice Department also didn't comment.
There has been a lot of reaction to the report:
Boom!! Clintons/Russia!! https://t.co/QUwX0M1kRV
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) October 17, 2017
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) October 17, 2017
They all knew. https://t.co/idFpa42IBT
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) October 17, 2017
REAL collusion. https://t.co/q31qRY0GBK
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) October 17, 2017
As the media continues to talk President Donald Trump and Russia, will they afford the same coverage to this major news? Time will tell.