- The Hill reports that the FBI investigated Russian nuclear industry officials engaging in bribery and kickbacks.
- President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday morning that “Uranium deal to Russia, with Clinton help and Obama Administration knowledge, is the biggest story that Fake Media doesn’t want to follow!”
- FBI agents reportedly confirmed millions of dollars went to the Clintons.
President Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday morning about a bombshell report that the FBI investigated a bribery scandal involving the Russian nuclear industry and the Clintons.
“Uranium deal to Russia, with Clinton help and Obama Administration knowledge, is the biggest story that Fake Media doesn’t want to follow!” Trump tweeted.
Trump also tweeted a quote from “Fox & Friends” on Thursday morning — “Russia sent millions to Clinton Foundation.”
John Solomon and Alison Spann at The Hill report that the FBI investigated Russian nuclear industry officials engaging in bribery and kickbacks before a 2010 deal that then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama approved, giving Russia control of much of the US’s uranium.
Trump’s own dealings with Russia remain under constant examination in the media.
Trump cited the deal for uranium, an important element needed for both nuclear power and weapons, as enriching the Clintons during the campaign. Now Solomon and Spann have reported that FBI agents confirmed millions went to the Clintons.
“The Russians were compromising American contractors in the nuclear industry with kickbacks and extortion threats, all of which raised legitimate national security concerns. And none of that evidence got aired before the Obama administration made those decisions,” a person who worked on the case told Solomon and Spann.
In another report, Solomon and Spann cite an American businessman who said the Obama administration blocked him from testifying to Congress about “conversations and transactions he witnessed related to the Russian nuclear industry’s efforts to win favour with Bill and Hillary Clinton and influence Obama administration decisions.”
The probe was conducted under Robert Mueller’s FBI. Mueller now serves as the special counsel in charge of the investigation into Trump’s Russia ties. Mueller ended the investigation in 2015 after uncovering a huge network of bribery, but did not pursue the Clintons.
Trump’s highlight of the report fits with a trend of him promoting outlets and reporters that give him favourable coverage.
Soloman has written articles in the past defending the Trump administration and Michael Flynn, who was fired after misrepresenting his connections to Russian agents in a conversation with Vice President Mike Pence.
The investigation into Trump’s campaign’s ties to Russia have loomed over his presidency since its early days. Currently, there is no end in sight as the investigation expands to include possible obstruction of justice by Trump and his son, and the role social media played in Russia’s push to influence the 2016 election.
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