Hillary Clinton and the 2010 Uranium One deal with Russia are back in the news
Senator Chuck Grassley (R- Iowa) wants the information obtained from a raid on the home of a former FBI contractor who provided watchdog documents related to former Secretary of State and the sale of Canadian mining company Uranium One to a Russian firm.
FBI agents raided the Maryland home of Dennis Nathan Cain just last month. Cain’s lawyer said that the agent who led the raid accused his client of possessing stolen federal property and ignored his claims of whistleblower protection. Cain’s lawyer also claimed that Horowitz had transmitted his information to the House and Senate intelligence committees. So Senator Grassley should have access to it anyway.
Maybe Senator Grassley thinks it will be a lame duck Christmas present, but the issue hasn’t changed much in the eight years since it occurred.
The FBI had looked into the agreement and uncovered that some Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in nefarious dealings, which included extortion, bribery and kickbacks, as reported in the Hill in 2017. Evidence of wrongdoing by Vadim Mikerin, the Russian official overseeing Putin’s nuclear expansion in the U.S. who was eventually sentenced to prison, was discovered by the FBI before the deal was approved.
That Russians were involved in nefarious dealings isn’t a surprise. That they gave away money to a charity and got the same results as if they hadn’t, is also not surprising. Many influence peddlers don’t succeed. But Clinton played no role in this decision so it’s unlikely they actually tried.
Besides, at the time there were no U.S. sanctions on Russia. Those began in March of 2014 after Russia annexed Crimea and subsequently invaded Eastern Ukraine. So approving this deal wasn’t a big deal at that time.