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July 21, 2020 |

URANIUM ONE:  RUSSIANS MOCKED OBAMA FOR BEING A PUSHOVER

Last week, I linked to an excerpt from the new book by John Solomon and Seamus Bruner entitled ‘FALLOUT: Nuclear Bribes, Russian Spies, and the Washington Lies that enriched the Clinton and Biden Dynasties.’ That chapter told of the dangerous work of an American undercover agent, William Douglas Campbell, as he risked his life in a Moscow hotel room to document an exchange of cash bribes. Today, another excerpt tells the story from that same informant of how the Russians privately mocked President Obama for so easily giving them American uranium in the Uranium One deal, as well as nuclear fuel contracts and technology.

In Russia, PRAVDA reported it as a coup that Rosatom, the Russian atomic energy conglomerate, had taken control of Uranium One Incorporated, and that was not an exaggeration. Though Rosatom was a Canadian company, Putin’s takeover involved the transfer of ownership of 20 percent of America’s uranium. Today’s excerpt from the book is a must-read for anyone curious about what Putin’s goals were and how his win came about, thanks to the gracious assistance of President Obama.

As reported by Solomon and Bruner: “Putin had set his sights on global nuclear domination before President Barack Obama took office and then, just two days after Obama’s second inauguration, Putin had achieved a near virtual monopoly, producing more uranium than all American miners combined. In a single purchase [Rosatom], he had gained full control of one of the world’s largest uranium mining companies and a nuclear foothold in the land of his greatest adversary.”

Kind of makes you think that all those cries of “Russia, Russia, Russia!!” were misdirected.

Rosatom, launched by Putin in 2007, was structured as a private-public enterprise, in that “its expenditures were subsidized, its profits were privatized and its losses were socialized,” essentially giving the Kremlin “a blank checkbook” that ensured Western companies could not compete. (NOTE: This is what they don’t teach college kids about the true nature of government-controlled economies, and why top government leaders in “socialist” countries are typically billionaires while "the masses" scrape by.)

Importantly, Putin needed –- and got –- Obama’s blessing to help Iran develop the Bushehr nuclear reactor, “a project that previous American administrations had deemed unacceptable.” Despite hard evidence that Iran was secretly moving forward on an illegal nuclear weapons program, Obama did nothing to get in the way of this.

Putin also created some lovely new customers and partnerships for Rosatom, including ruthless anti-American dictators such as Hassan Rouhani of Iran, Hu Jintao of China, Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, and even Bashar al-Assad of Syria.

As you know, the FBI was aware of what Putin was doing because it had its own undercover agent, now identified as Mr. Campbell, inside Rosatom. A few days after he delivered the suitcase with $50,000 cash to Russian officials while secretly recording the transaction with a camera hidden in his pen, he was invited to dinner by the Russians –- including one connected to the KGB and another who was found to have been a spy on American soil –- to Morton’s steakhouse in the tony Washington suburb of Chevy Chase, Maryland. (He also picked up the tab for the $700 steak-and-vodka dinner; “your tax dollars at work.”)

The Russians were out for a fun evening because they knew the Uranium One deal was about to be approved and they were planning a party to celebrate the opening of the new office of their American subsidiary, Tenam.

It was at this dinner, with the vodka flowing, that the Russians mocked President Obama, whom they denigrated with the racial epithet of “Bongo-Bongo,” for essentially giving away the farm, which, of course, he HAD DONE. They laughed about how weak his administration was and how they had put one over on him. Of course, they were unaware of Campbell’s true identity and thought they were among friends, so they felt free to make fun of the President all they wanted.

They must have repeated what Obama himself is so fond of saying: "Thanks, Obama!"

Campbell later told Congress, “I was frustrated watching the U.S. government make numerous decisions benefiting Rosatom and Tenex while those entities were engaged in serious criminal conduct on U.S. soil.”

This particular excerpt doesn’t even get into Hillary Clinton’s role in the Uranium One deal and how the Clintons profited from hugely inflated speaking fees for Bill and contributions to the Clinton Global Initiative while she was Secretary of State and also on the board that had to approve that sale. For those details and a great deal more, I recommend you read the book!

When one dares to look honestly into the Obama administration’s dealings with Russia over the years 2008-2016, it makes the more recent years of Russia-related finger-pointing at President Trump seem like the ridiculous fraud they are. Imagine if Trump’s administration were dealing with Russia the way the Obama administration did. Once again, we have an example of the Democrats accusing Republicans of the very thing they've been doing themselves.

MORE: STRZOK WANTED TO USE TRUMP BRIEFING TO SPY ON HIM

Judicial Watch has done it again. We now have even more texts and emails between former FBI official Peter Strzok and former FBI attorney Lisa Page, who were having an affair during the time they were targeting Donald Trump, first as a hated candidate and later as President-elect. These two were texting and emailing each other so much that it’s hard to imagine they ever got any work done, but somehow they managed. At this point, I’ve lost track of the number of communications we’ve seen that relate to abuse of FBI power.

The emails we’re just now seeing –- still heavily redacted, unfortunately –- were written right around the time of Trump’s inauguration, with some concerning a White House intelligence briefing of the new President. Besides including Strzok and Page, these emails were circulated among then-deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former Assistant Director for the Counterintelligence Division Bill Priestap, and others as well. The frantic flurry of communications going on just before and after Trump’s inauguration testifies to the mood among top FBI officials at that time.

I’d say the most interesting email of all is that from Strzok about the White House briefing --- one that could “play into” the FBI’s “investigative strategy.” The exchanges leading up to it, written the night before the inauguration, are heavily redacted (NOTE to FBI Director Wray: these redactions obviously are for the FBI’s own “CYA” and are not acceptable), but then, we see that on January 21, 2017, the day after Trump was sworn in, Strzok forwarded to Lisa Page and another person (name redacted) an email he’d sent earlier that day to Priestap, asking them to “not forward/share.” Strzok had written Priestap in reference to the White House briefing: “...I am angry that Jen [counterintelligence official Jennifer Boone] did not at least cc: me. AS MY BRANCH HAS PENDING INVESTIGATIVE MATTERS THERE, THIS BRIEF MAY PLAY INTO OUR INVESTIGATIVE STRATEGY [emphasis mine], and I would like the ability to have visibility and provide thoughts/counsel to you in advance of the briefing. This is one of the reasons why I raised the issue of lanes/responsibilities that I did when you asked her to handle the WH [White House] detailee interaction.”

Translation: I want to use the White House intelligence briefing of the new President to continue investigating him, and I’m mad because Jen left me out of the loop.

Other emails from this period detailed in the press release relate to Strzok’s assessment of media reports on the Steele “dossier.” We’ve looked at one such memo by Strzok already, the one in which he admits the NEW YORK TIMES report on Trump colluding with Russian agents was false. Much more detail is here in the press release; it’s kind of “into the weeds,” but if you have time to go through it, some of this stuff is quite entertaining.

Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton (who deserves huge thanks for working for so long to obtain all this evidence), had this to say, in part: “These documents suggest that President Trump was targeted by the Comey FBI as soon as he stepped foot in the Oval Office... And, in a continuing outrage, it should be noticed that Wray’s FBI and Barr’s DOJ continue to slow-walk the release of thousands of Page-Strzok emails --- which means the remaining 8,000 pages of records won’t be reviewed and released until 2021-2022!”

This is because the FBI has been processing emails at the rate of only 500 pages per month (!) and has yet to process text messages. Again, this is completely unacceptable, Director Wray. Who knows what is still buried in there? (Answer: maybe Director Wray does.) But right now, we go with what we’ve got, and what we’ve got is tons of incriminating material.

John Solomon at JUST THE NEWS has also written a piece --- highly recommended --- on Strzok’s email about the White House briefing. It goes on to quote some longtime intelligence analysts who can hardly believe this happened. They told Solomon that “...any effort to use official briefings of the President and his White House to spy, investigate or gather information violated the necessary trust for keeping a President apprised of intelligence in a dangerous world.”

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  • Maria Coffey

    07/23/2020 12:27 PM

    Just a thought since you have the ear of the President. I recently read approx. 9 people mourn every time a person dies (depending on circumstances). Since over 145 K have died from Covid, perhaps a sincere gesture of sympathy from Donald Trump--on a grand scale would be healing for both mourners and the rest of the country. Maybe a day of mourning? Fifteen minutes of silence on a specific day? I believe President Trump is a compassionate man and truly does feel it when "even one person dies" . Maybe each person grieving needs to know in a meaningful way that our country's leader doesn't minimize their personal tragedy and is beside them in their grief.

  • David prentler

    07/23/2020 07:14 AM

    Why is the FBI AKA Christopher Wray heavily redacting these e-mails? Such as in the past it is not for national security reasons, it is that they are horribly embarrassing to the FBI. Death by 1000 cuts is occurring, just get it over and done with. Put on your big boy pants and do whats right.

  • Carol Fraser

    07/23/2020 07:12 AM

    So where are the indictments for the wrong-doers in the Democratic Party? Why are they immune to prosecution.
    Republicans are not only prosecuted after being framed, but are also persecuted when not guilty of anything. With all due respect, AG Barr and Attorney Durham,”Start prosecuting. America is weary of the corruption.”

  • PAUL SCHABER

    07/22/2020 05:01 PM

    Those rioters all over the U. S. better keep a close eye behind them due to the fact all those Demonstrations has consquences they may not like and I know the Democrats are in for a rude awakening.

    Tell me what person or company would come to visit on their vacations or companies would remain and do business in those cities while those companies that backed the BLACK LIVES MATTER AND DEFUND THE Police
    are going to do when those same companies decide they will have are NO STORES OR GROCERY STORES in the area as they leave totally the area and
    do not take along any of the employees working there.

    Stop and think all this money being used for the STIMULUS Programs are going to have paid by them at rates they could NOT and will not be able to afford.

    Universal health Program will be broke within 3 months of initializing the program.

    Medicaid and Medicare do not pay great returns.

    We have not heard from the EXTREME RIGHTISTS as of yet. Since the rioters like to use LASERS on the FEDERAL POLICE. Like what they what are going to do when the RIGHT EXTREMIST USE THOSE TACTICS ON THEM . THEY WILL SCREAM FOR SAFETY .

    Like my mother told, what is "GOOD FOR THE GOOSE ALSO GOOD FOR THE GANDER.

  • Keith Flagg

    07/22/2020 03:21 PM

    Dear Gov. Huckabee:
    Yes this information is great and good. But as we know the Liberals will be in denial and will say the information is a lie. as usual they will get a pass cause the Republicans are to spineless to take on the Democrats straight on. Why aren't the Hillary Clintons, Obama, not in Prison already?

  • Sharon Freeman

    07/22/2020 02:47 PM

    Where can I send a scanned paper for you to see?

  • Floyd A Unger

    07/22/2020 12:45 PM

    Thank you

  • Wesley Crowell

    07/22/2020 11:16 AM

    Taking the vaccine is not the "mark of the beast". It may be in the future but there are many events that take place first. We can't have Christian's fearful of this opportunity to end the Chinese virus. Please write an article about this so we can get back to "normal". ( What ever that is)

  • jack macdonald

    07/22/2020 10:14 AM

    Having read the comments by others that have reached the same conclusion that I reached many moons ago. The acts of treason by Obama and his administration are completely obvious to we average citizens, yet seems to be
    not discernable by our genious's in DC.

  • Melinda Long

    07/22/2020 10:01 AM

    nothing to say except ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING

  • Barry Hennessey

    07/22/2020 09:30 AM

    I have doubts that Obama was bilked at all. He was on a mission to destroy America.

  • Jerry Korba

    07/22/2020 09:30 AM

    I have railed about Obama for years at what an anti American traitor he is to this day he is undermining America as we breathe just like the Mexican Cartels tunneling under our border. Why are the Mayors and Attorney Generals in Urban areas undermining America do they have ties to Obama Soros , Bloomberg Gates? The deep state is all over America not just in Washington DC. but in Portland , Chicago New York, Atlanta, St. Louis, Seattle, Baltimore, LA, SFO, Minneapolis, and many more is a place in America exist where the voting block does not want to tear down America. The major cities are experiencing people that have the opportunity to leave these shitff holes are doing so. Why does the voting blocks of our cities want the destruction of America to happen? Just 4 months ago the country was like the SUN everything we know circles around it the world circles around America when America burns out so does the rest of our world. People in North Korea don't know it, they will continue life with despair just like the voting block in our urban areas will find out.

  • Glenn T Hyatt

    07/22/2020 08:51 AM

    So...I guess what these folks have all been saying is..."If you like your country, you can keep your country".

  • James Drury Jr

    07/22/2020 08:45 AM

    Thanks Mike & Staff. Will anyone's be held accountable?

  • Carol Stonelake

    07/22/2020 08:40 AM

    Mike, there is absolutely no question that Obama and his administration was the most corrupt one in the history of this country! It is so sad how we have a MSM that is just as corrupt hiding all this damning evidence from the American public. It really shows how entrenched they are in evil! God help this country. We need to do a lot of praying in the months ahead! Carol

  • Elizabeth Crouse

    07/22/2020 08:34 AM

    I am praying for evil to be revealed before election. I knew Obama was evil for America - not an American. Not only revealed, but punished. Thank you and I have heard about book and will buy it.

  • Roger Shofkom

    07/22/2020 06:42 AM

    Uranium One Deal, Russia and Iran: Giving aid and comfort to the enemy is a treasonous offence Those involved should be prosecuted.

  • Katryn Green

    07/22/2020 02:02 AM

    What does Bongo-Bongo mean? Why is it a racial epithet?

  • James Evart

    07/22/2020 01:00 AM

    I have always considered Obama an enemy of the state. His actions as President from day one were reprehensible from where I sat as a common, ordinary citizen and I know of many faithful others who quietly thought the same. The way he and his henchmen controverted their authority and office to the hurt of our country and its constitution was the most arrogant display of treason or incompetence or both that I have yet to see in any other enemy, "foreign or domestic".

  • Bruce Vanderhoef

    07/21/2020 11:52 PM

    Man Mike, you must be worked up! You left out the Bible verse of the day. Don't let 'em get to you.......

  • Ellen Klapperich

    07/21/2020 11:24 PM

    When you point a finger at some one,like they did Trump,you have three fingers pointed back at you. Russia indeed.

  • Cheryl Breon

    07/21/2020 11:18 PM

    We read that Obama also gave money to Wuhan Labs sometime during his administration...that's interesting...maybe he had his own insurance policy? It is frustrating that we keep getting told a couple more months, this spring, this summer, this fall, etc. for the last 3 years and it's still going on with AG Barr apparently.

  • Bob Conrad

    07/21/2020 11:12 PM

    Always a pleasure to read..and follow the money!!

  • David E. Miller

    07/21/2020 10:42 PM

    Whose side is Christopher Wray on? It seems to me he is working against the administration rather than for it.

  • Giovanni Catanese

    07/21/2020 10:26 PM

    Great articles, as usual. Governor Huckabee, recently I came across a book that mentioned “the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) or House Committee on Un-American Activities (HCUA), … [also] known as the House Committee on Internal Security. When I googles it I found out that “The HUAC was created in 1938 to investigate alleged disloyalty and subversive activities on the part of private citizens, public employees, and those organizations suspected of having Fascist or Communist ties. When the House abolished the committee in 1975, its functions were transferred to the House Judiciary Committee …The committee's anti-communist investigations are often compared to (and confused with) those of Joseph McCarthy who, as a U.S. Senator, had no direct involvement with the House committee.[3] McCarthy was the chairman, not the House.”
    I found it ironic that “ Democratic Representative Edward J. Hart of New Jersey became the committee's first chairman. Under the mandate of Public Law 601, passed by the 79th Congress, the committee of nine representatives investigated suspected threats of subversion or propaganda that attacked "the form of government as guaranteed by our Constitution"
    Isn’t this type of behavior what Democrats, liberals, anarchists, and their accomplices in the MSM are actually doing right now? Back in the 1960s the HUAC interviewed “hundreds of protesters, many from the Progressive Labor Party and … Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) activists [who} … openly boasted of their contempt for American institutions … In an attempt to reinvent itself, the committee was renamed as the Internal Security Committee in 1969 … [and] was formally terminated on January 14, 1975, the day of the opening of the 94th Congress …The committee's files and staff were transferred on that day to the House Judiciary Committee.”
    Why can’t a similar committee be re-instituted to fight the “enemy from within”? Of course, since the Dems currently have the majority in the House and they are the primary ones who want to abolish our culture, values, and way of life this cannot happen until after the November elections, hopefully with majorities in the House, Senate and presidency. I’m a firm believer that in case of victory, the elected GOP must stop being cowards and actually do something to save this country by actively pursue ALL our enemies, starting with the traitors already in government who are de facto sellouts to countries who hate America. In addition, all the Gang of 8 must be impeached for their wrongdoings and removed from Congress. Finally, what is the Government Operations Committee and its Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the U.S. Senate doing to stop anti-American movements especially by representatives in Congress? Why are GOP senators doing nothing to stop this ongoing treason especially since they’ve held the majority for a while now?