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A Maryland executive has been indicted in the Uranium One investigation


A grand jury has reportedly indicted a Maryland executive accused of offering bribes to Russian officials in the Uranium One scandal, which saw the Obama administration approve a deal that gave a Russian company control over 20 percent of the U.S. uranium supply.

Mark Lambert, the former head of a Maryland-based transportation company, was charged with 11 counts of money laundering and wire fraud, according to the New York Post.

Prosecutors said in their indictment that Lambert tried to bribe Russian officials at Rosatom, a subsidiary of Russia's State Atomic Energy Corp with the goal of winning contracts to ship uranium to the U.S.

According to the indictment, Lambert tried to hide the payments with code words like "lucky figures," "lucky numbers" and "cake," the Post reported.

The sale of Uranium One was reviewed by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), a committee of nine government agencies including the State Department, which was led by Hillary Clinton at the time.

In 2015, The New York Times reported that the family foundation of Uranium One's chairman had donated over $2 million to the Clinton Foundation.

In October 2017, Circa reported that the FBI had been conducting it's own investigation into Rosatom months before the Uranium One deal was approved.

Read More: A Russian nuclear firm under FBI investigation was allowed to purchase US uranium supply

The Hill reported in November that some of the uranium had made its way overseas, despite assurances from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to Congress in 2010 that no uranium would be exported.

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