President Trump on Thursday said the “Fake Media doesn’t want to follow” a controversial uranium deal between a Canadian company that control 20 percent of the United States uranium supply and a Russian nuclear company during former President Barack Obama’s tenure.
Uranium deal to Russia, with Clinton help and Obama Administration knowledge, is the biggest story that Fake Media doesn't want to follow!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 19, 2017
The case against Vadim Mikerin, who was then a top official with Rosatom’s Tenex subsidiary, was aided by an FBI informant. Mikerin pled guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering in 2015.
Circa on Wednesday reported that the Senate Judiciary Committee has sought permission to interview the FBI informant related to the deal.
The informant helped FBI agents uncover a major corruption plot by Russian nuclear officials who were seeking to aggressively expand their U.S. business under Obama’s administration.
The undercover witness, who has not been publicly named, spent almost five years building a case about the scheme.
A Russian financier and an American trucking executive also pleaded guilty as part of the scheme, which prosecutors said involved bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering.
The informant’s lawyer told Circa on Tuesday that he has information about the extent of Russian efforts to gain favor inside the U.S.
The witness was prevented from disclosing his knowledge to Congress and the courts, Victoria Toensing added, as he signed a FBI nondisclosure agreement.
Toensing also alleged that her client was threatened by Department of Justice (DOJ) officials when he tried detailing some of the information in 2016.
The lawyer claimed that DOJ officials forced the informant to withdraw a lawsuit containing the information during the 2016 presidential race.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) sent a letter to Toensing late Wednesday about the matter.
Grassley said he was concerned that Obama’s administration in 2010 approved the Uranium One deal when the FBI knew of corruption inside Russia’s nuclear industry.
“It appears your client possesses unique information about the Uranium One/Rosatom transaction and how the Justice Department handled the criminal investigation into the Russian criminal conspiracy,” he wrote.
“Such information is critical to the Committee’s oversight of the Justice Department,” Grassley added.
The FBI developed evidence as early as 2009 that an official with Russia’s state controlled Tenex nuclear company had engaged in the kickback scheme.
Obama’s administration approved the Uranium One deal in 2010, granting Moscow control of over 20 percent of the U.S. uranium stockpile.
DOJ officials ultimately brought charges about the kickback scheme in 2014, four years after the deal’s approval.
Trump, meanwhile, frequently criticizes media treatment of his administration, labeling reports he finds inaccurate “fake news.”