In my recent commentary involving Victoria Toensing’s observation that her client, Uranium One whistleblower Doug Campbell, hadn’t yet been interviewed by either U.S. Attorney John Huber or special counsel Robert Mueller, I promised to come back with more details on the Uranium One scandal. Toensing is right: it’s simply not possible to investigate collusion with Russia (Mueller) or Clinton financial impropriety (Huber) without questioning Campbell. It could be said he was at the intersection of both.
First, let’s set the scene. In case you didn’t know who was in charge when the FBI started looking into the Russian uranium deal, it happens to have been (drum roll, please) then-FBI Director Robert Mueller. A new FBI Director took over later, in 2013, coming back into government after working at a private investment company, but the FBI was even at that time accumulating damaging evidence of Russian bribery. His name was James Comey. The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland was supervising the bribery prosecutions. His name was Rod Rosenstein. The Chief of the Fraud Section in the Criminal Division at the Justice Department signed the plea agreement along with Rosenstein. His name was Andrew Weissmann.
Mueller, Comey, Rosenstein, Weissmann –- do these names sound familiar to you? These officials, all of whom were deeply knowledgeable about Uranium One and the prosecutions in the Russian uranium scandal, had to know all about Hillary’s role in the scheme, but they kept the whole thing very quiet. They failed to advise Congress or key officials in the executive branch –- or us, the American public –- of the incriminating facts they had unearthed. FOX News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett, in his new #1 bestselling book “THE RUSSIA HOAX: The Illicit Scheme to Clear Hillary Clinton and Frame Donald Trump,” offers a superlative summation:
“It would seem that these...government officials saw no danger in Clinton’s allowing Russia to control more of the world’s nuclear power supply, yet they later became the...top people most alarmed by allegations that the Trump campaign conspired with the Russians to influence the 2016 presidential election. Mueller, Comey, Rosenstein and Weissman ignored potential crimes involving Clinton and Russia, but were more than eager to conjure some evidence that Trump “colluded” with Russia.”
Now let’s examine Hillary’s time in the Senate and State Department, when she and Bill and the Clinton Foundation were raking in millions. Even before she was Secretary of State, Hillary wielded power as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and could be seen as a wise investment by foreign entities. Plus, even then, she was seen as President-in-waiting. The Clinton Foundation was a simply brilliant way to reap financial reward; it could operate as a charity –- no limit on foreign contributions –- and take in gargantuan donations from foreigners who might benefit from Hillary’s decisions on business before the Senate and, later, State Department.
We know plenty from the Podesta emails leaked to Wikileaks about what a cash cow the Clinton Foundation was. Employee Doug Band wrote of “leveraging” activities to not only build funds for the charity but generate vast amounts of income for the Clintons. At one point, he wrote to Podesta, “I’m starting to worry that if this story gets out, we are screwed.” An internal audit also said as much, in more official-sounding language.
Bill Clinton was present at the very beginnings of Uranium One, the company, in 2005, and was key in its creation. A Canadian investor friend of his, Frank Giustra, wanted to buy uranium mines in Kazakhstan, which required that government’s approval. The two flew to Kazakhstan together, and Bill appeared at a news conference singing the praises of President Nazarbayev, a leader with a long history of human rights abuses.
It turned out to be a win-win-win-win-win. Nazarbayev got a huge and undeserved PR boost. Giustra got Uranium One, and –- thanks to a huge merger that was approved with pressure from Hillary –- became a uranium tycoon and began acquiring uranium deposits in Wyoming, Utah, South Dakota and Texas. The Clinton Foundation got a $31.3 million donation from Giustra (“Thanks, Clintons!”) and a pledge for $100 million to come later. Bill got to make even more highly lucrative speeches. Hillary continued building her huge financial empire and went on to become Secretary of State.
So where does Russia come in? Enter Rosatom, the Russian State Atomic Nuclear Agency, which controls the Russian nuclear arsenal. When they saw American uranium being bought up (about 20 percent of our supply), they started purchasing shares of Uranium One and ended up with a controlling interest. But since our uranium is such an important national security asset, our government had to approve the acquisition by Russia, even though the company was Canadian. And guess who headed the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), the committee with authority to grant approval?
You guessed! Hillary Clinton.
As Jarrett points out in his book, CFIUS approved the Russian acquisition of U.S. uranium assets on October 22, 2010, roughly the same time Rosatom’s chairman was donating big-time to the Clinton Foundation. (Significantly, there’s no evidence Hillary ever revealed this huge conflict of interest; it was later detailed by Peter Schweizer in his book CLINTON CASH.) Some try to defend Hillary by saying she was just one member of the committee when the vote had to be unanimous, but she was head of the committee and very likely would have been able to get the rest of the group to go along.
Money poured in to the Clintons after that. The Clinton Foundation got about $145 million in donations from the shareholders. The timing and amount of the contributions are incredibly suspect, impossible for any thinking person to attribute to coincidence. Bill got a trip to Moscow and half a million dollars to make one speech. Oh, and he also met with (shhhh!!) Vladimir Putin, and because he’s Bill Clinton and not Donald Trump, it wasn’t treason.
At the time approval was given, Uranium One had no license to export American uranium beyond America’s borders and had said it would not be doing that. Ha-ha! Uranium One hired a third party, got the license, and shipped uranium yellowcake (the stuff of nuclear weapons) to Canada. From there, some of it was shipped...somewhere. Iran, perhaps.
Now we come full circle to Victoria Toensing’s client, Doug Campbell. He was the paid confidential informant involved in rooting out the illegal conspiracy of Russian bribery, kickbacks, extortion, money laundering and racketeering surrounding the uranium deal. The “three amigos,” Mueller, Rosenstein and Weissman, had the goods in 2010 but apparently did not inform Congress, which surely would have stopped such a corrupt deal from going forward.
By the way, it’s not clear whether or not they informed then-Attorney General Eric Holder, either. It would have been nice for him to know, because he happened to sit on (another drum roll, please) Hillary’s CFIUS committee.
Starting in 2008, Campbell had worked inside Rosatom undercover as a “consultant,” finding out all about the Russian scheme to gain control of American uranium, and his efforts resulted in the convictions of several Russian and American business executives. But Mueller, Rosenstein and Weissman apparently kept it all hush-hush, and the acquisition of Uranium One went through. Campbell, in an on-camera interview with investigative reporter John Solomon, said he was “shocked and appalled.”
As Jarrett relates in his book, Campbell testified before Congress (the only branch of government that even now seems interested in all this) that he was present at a meeting during which Russian officials “boasted about how weak the U.S. government was in giving away uranium business” to achieve President Putin’s “strategic plan” to “take over the uranium industry.” Toensing says they told her client that with the Clintons’ help, CFIUS approval was “a shoo-in.”
So now we have the U.S. attorney in Salt Lake City, John Huber, ostensibly looking into the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One, and Campbell’s lawyer says Huber hasn’t even reached out for an interview yet. Mueller hasn’t requested one, either.
I wanted to link to a brand new story about this, but they’re hard to find. The media are too busy covering anonymous cowardly Trump-bashers and hysterical anti-Kavanaugh protesters to talk about it right now. The original story of how the Clintons traded 20 percent of our uranium for a monstrous pile of cash broke 10 months ago, with the reporting of John Solomon and Alison Spann at THE HILL, and it appears now that precious little follow-up has been done. Here’s how Sean Hannity spoke of it at the time.