A watchdog group has again taken Washington DC by storm. Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit in federal court earlier in the week. They are suing both the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of State over failed requests tied to the FOIA.
The group had requested copies of all of the documents tied to Uranium One from the two organizations. The requests were dated December 22, 2017. They both went unanswered so the group followed up with the new lawsuit. A great deal of interesting information is going to be exposed if they are able to win via the suit, which is Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:18-cv-00722). That information may tie the deal to a profit of tens of millions of dollars for the Clinton’s.
Uranium One is a company with direct ties to the Clinton Foundation. The Canadian firm controls a large percentage of the American Uranium market.
Uranium One, Inc. is also known as SXR Uranium One, Inc. It started out as a mining company.
The records that are being requested via the current lawsuit are part of an ongoing investigation into the 2010 Uranium One deal. As a part of this deal, a Russian interest sought the right to buy the Canadian operation.
Even though Uranium One is based out of Canada, they acquired the licensing rights to a 20% market share for American uranium production.
The sale of the company had to be approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). There were nine members on this committee.
A state-owned Russian nuclear firm by the name of Rosatom wanted to buy the mining company. This would move the Russian based group into the United States uranium market.
Using a committee to approve the possible sale of the mining company to the Russians should have protected the interests of the American market. This was supposed to be a neutral look at the ramifications of the sale.
According to records shared by Judicial Watch, Uranium One contributed a whopping $140 million to the Clinton Foundation.
The relationship between the Clinton’s and Uranium One was first exposed back in January 2008. Judicial Watch shared details about the working relationship between Bill Clinton and a Vancouver-based mining mogul.
Frank Guistra started a Canadian uranium company that would later become part of Uranium One. Mr. Clinton helped Guistra acquire large amounts of uranium. This was later found to be worth tens of millions of dollars.
As if by coincidence, Guistra later donated to the Clinton Foundation. The first check was for $31.3 million. There was also a pledge for another $100 million.
During this same time period, Mr. Clinton also received large speaker’s fee from a group tied to the Russian uranium market. He was paid to speak in Russia by the investment bank Renaissance Capital.
This same bank played a key role in the purchase of Uranium One.
The requests made by the current lawsuit are very simple. They are asking for all records tied to the 2010 Uranium One deal. This would include documents from a wide range of governmental offices.
The Justice Department has been asked to provide all of the documents and communications tied to the sale. This includes communications to and from the “…offices of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel, and the National Security Division from January 20, 2009, through December 31, 2013.”
A separate request asks for similar documents that are connected to the State Department. These documents could include:
“…records of communication sent to and from officials in the Office of the Secretary of State, Office of the Legal Advisor, Office of the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Affairs, Office of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, Office of International Security and Nonproliferation, and the Office of Political-Military Affairs from January 20, 2009 through December 31, 2013.”
The current effort by Judicial Watch to look into the Uranium One deal is only the most recent investigation into the uranium market in Russia. According to documents from the FBI, which are tied to investigations dating back to the years before Uranium One:
“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.”
The links between the Clinton Foundation and the shady Uranium One deal seem to only be the beginning of what could be unearthed by the current lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch. There are many who are watching this case closely to see what else emerges.