Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley on Thursday called on the Trump administration to allow a former FBI informant to speak publicly about an FBI investigation into a bribery scheme by a Russian state-controlled nuclear energy company that was allowed to purchase U.S. uranium under the Obama administration.
"I believe that it shows that there wasn’t enough work done several years ago. You can’t lock a barn door after the horse has been stolen," Grassley (R-Iowa) told Circa.
"We have people that want to talk, I believe that when people want to go public and say that what we don’t know about some of these schemes, that the public is entitled to that information and that people ought to be released from their disclosure arrangements so that they can talk, because the public has a right to know what went on and get the full story out to make sure that we don’t repeat the mistakes of the past," Grassley said.
On Wednesday night, Grassley sent a formal letter to Victoria Toensing, the lawyer representing the former FBI informant, asking her to allow her client to testify publicly before his committee about his involvement in the FBI's investigation regarding members of the Russian subsidiary.
Toensing, who formerly worked under the Reagan Justice Department and is the former chief counsel of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said told Circa Tuesday that she was attempting to get Congress to persuade the Trump Justice Department or the FBI to free her client of a non-disclosure agreement he signed with the FBI so that he can talk to lawmakers.
Grassley said reporting on the investigation has raised serious questions about why the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, also known as CFIUS, allowed the 2010 sale of Uranium One to Russia's nuclear arm, Rosatom.
"When it involved 20 percent of the uranium that’s necessary for the national security of the United States, giving some foreign country access to that, it raises questions. Was it adequately considered?" Grassley told Circa.
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