The Uranium One scandal
Could the Russians have been trying to influence American politicians -- including the Clintons--long before Donald Trump ever enetered the nation's political picture? It's beginning to appear as though the Russian government was doing just that...with the help of the Obama administration. As Andrew McCarthy writes:
The Uranium One scandal is not only, or even principally, a Clinton scandal. It is an Obama-administration scandal.
The Clintons were just doing what the Clintons do: cashing in on their “public service.” The Obama administration, with Secretary Clinton at the forefront but hardly alone, was knowingly compromising American national-security interests. The administration green-lighted the transfer of control over one-fifth of American uranium-mining capacity to Russia, a hostile regime — and specifically to Russia’s state-controlled nuclear-energy conglomerate, Rosatom. Worse, at the time the administration approved the transfer, it knew that Rosatom’s American subsidiary was engaged in a lucrative racketeering enterprise that had already committed felony extortion, fraud, and money-laundering offenses.
The Obama administration also knew that congressional Republicans were trying to stop the transfer. Consequently, the Justice Department concealed what it knew. DOJ allowed the racketeering enterprise to continue compromising the American uranium industry rather than commencing a prosecution that would have scotched the transfer. Prosecutors waited four years before quietly pleading the case out for a song, in violation of Justice Department charging guidelines. Meanwhile, the administration stonewalled Congress, reportedly threatening an informant who wanted to go public.
There's a lot to unpack in this story, and McCarthy provides a timeline that goes back several years to show how the pieces fit together. The result is a story that paints an Obama Justice Department deeply enmeshed with Russian governement officials, various criminals, numerous secret deals, and cover-ups.
McCarthy says it all "stinks." And it does. One would hope that the congressional investigations into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election would look at the much bigger, and potentially more damaging, Uranium One fiasco.
But that assumes congressional investigators are interested in finding out where the real scandals lie.