October 17th, 2017

Possible collusion/coverup with Russia

It’s complicated.

And it happened during the Obama administration.

And it’s just coming out now:

According to The Hill’s John Solomon and Alison Spann, the FBI began to piece together a Russian operation designed to advance Vladimir Putin’s control of nuclear materials in 2009 that involved both bribery and extortion. The discovery predated two key decisions that gave Moscow control over a significant portion of the US uranium market, including the Uranium One deal that put hundreds of thousands of dollars into Bill Clinton’s pockets…

… The year after State approved the purchase of Uranium One by Russia’s state-owned Rosatom in 2010, the Obama administration gave approval for Rosatom to vastly expand its sales of uranium inside the US through its Tenex subsidiary. Until then, Tenex could only sell Russian uranium gleaned from decommissioned nuclear weapons, part of the US attempts to incentivize Moscow into cannibalizing its nukes. The two combined deals gave Moscow a great deal of leverage in the US nuclear market — and the bribes and extortion alone created “legitimate security concerns” of their own.

The Department of Justice, however, never went public with its probe. Instead, Solomon and Spann report, they sat on it for four years…

…[The DOJ] buried the probe even after indicting some Russian principals in the operation. They only announced in 2015 that they had reached plea deals in a case involving money laundering, saying nothing about bribery, extortion, or the intent to corrupt the US nuclear industry. That information was so compartmentalized that even the FBI’s top criminal-investigation officer had no idea of the extent of the case, and no one in Congress was ever briefed on the national security concerns raised in the case. In fact, House Intelligence chair Mike Rogers claimed to the Hill that no one ever mentioned the case at all to him, despite already-extant concerns over the Uranium One deal on Capitol Hill.

It seems to me that I’ve heard vague rumors about this for a couple of months. In fact, looking it up just now, I found this from John Hinderaker at Powerline, written this past July when the MSM was so excited about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian [emphasis mine]:

…[T]he emails [released by Trump Jr. concerning his meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June of 2016] support Trump Jr.’s statement that he attended the meeting because he had been told that the Russian with whom he would meet had negative information about Hillary Clinton. The email from Rob Goldstone, who drove the whole process, says that “the Crown prosecutor of Russia met with [Emin’s] father Aras this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia….”

This would obviously have been of great interest to the Trump campaign, and Trump, Jr. would have been foolish not to schedule the meeting. In one of the emails he says, “if it’s what you say I love it,” an entirely appropriate response that also showed an appropriate degree of skepticism. Trump may have assumed that the incriminating information would relate to the uranium transactions that are described in Clinton Cash, but there is no elaboration in the emails.

My, my, my.

I’m not sure why some of the details are coming out now, and so far I haven’t read anything that answers that question. I can’t help but wonder, though, if the information might have been unearthed in connection with the probe of Trump’s and/or Trump’s associates’ possible connections to Russia (including Jr.’s). I remember reading—when the ongoing investigation into Trump was first ordered—that Democrats might find it coming back to bite them.

16 Responses to “Possible collusion/coverup with Russia”

  1. David Miller Says:

    This is NOT a new story. This has been bumping around right wing blogs since Clinton Cash was published, and Hannity has covered this issue extensively. The only difference is that the MSM can no longer ignore the story now that the FBI is on the case.

  2. F Says:

    Hillary is her own worst enemy. Always has been, as nearly as I can tell.

  3. AesopFan Says:

    David Miller Says:
    October 17th, 2017 at 11:13 pm
    This is NOT a new story. This has been bumping around right wing blogs since Clinton Cash was published, and Hannity has covered this issue extensively. The only difference is that the MSM can no longer ignore the story now that the FBI is on the case.
    * * *
    More like the FBI is in the dock.
    The FBI has been “on the case” since about 2009 if not earlier.
    The problem is that they didn’t tell anyone else.
    See above:
    “That information was so compartmentalized that even the FBI’s top criminal-investigation officer had no idea of the extent of the case, and no one in Congress was ever briefed on the national security concerns raised in the case. In fact, House Intelligence chair Mike Rogers claimed to the Hill that no one ever mentioned the case at all to him, despite already-extant concerns over the Uranium One deal on Capitol Hill.”

    Neo links to Hot Air’s story, but the Hill’s original post is downright frightening:
    http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/355749-fbi-uncovered-russian-bribery-plot-before-obama-administration

    “The investigation was ultimately supervised by then-U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein, an Obama appointee who now serves as President Trump’s deputy attorney general, and then-Assistant FBI Director Andrew McCabe, now the deputy FBI director under Trump, Justice Department documents show.

    The connections to the current Russia case are many. The Mikerin probe began in 2009 when Robert Mueller, now the special counsel in charge of the Trump case, was still FBI director. And it ended in late 2015 under the direction of then-FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired earlier this year.”

    The FBI and DOJ are corrupt to the core.
    And Neo and others are right: —that Democrats might find it coming back to bite them.

    We can only hope.

  4. AesopFan Says:

    PowerLine, as usual, has the second-best summation (after Neo’s of course), and a great mic-drop closer.

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2017/10/bombshell-revelations-about-russia-and-obamas-department-of-justice.php

    “Ironies abound: who supervised the Russia investigation? Rod Rosenstein. Who was the FBI director when the Russia probe began in 2009? Robert Mueller. Who was running the FBI when the case ended with a whimper and an apparent cover-up? James Comey. How any of these people can participate with a straight face in an investigation into President Trump’s purportedly nefarious (but, as far as we know, nonexistent) relationship with the Russian regime is beyond me.”/b>

    I think that was sarcasm.

  5. CapnRusty Says:

    Rosenstein, Mueller, Comey, McCabe, Holder, Obama, Clinton, Clinton. Lock them up.

  6. Barry Meislin Says:

    Wow! Just Wow!

    Who could possibly have predicted this!???

    / sarcasm off

    To be sure, if this “revelation” (which is really no revelation at all) isn’t enough to get excited (or browned off, or depressed) about, there’s more:
    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2017/10/16/the-fbi-has-a-bunch-of-documents-about-bill-clintons-tarmac-meeting-with-loretta-lynch-n2394778

    Seems the MSM will have to go either into warp “Ignore” and/or “Spin” drive…

    The only question remaining is: has Obama and his administration of thugs (along with the MSM that has protected him and them for all these years) truly succeeded in “fundamentally transforming” the US of A to the trash heap of history?…

  7. John Guilfoyle Says:

    I call on the Never Trump brigade to apologize forthwith.

    From THIS (in an unending way) President Trump saved us. Everyone who hooted his way, and by default or design hoped Hillary would trounce him, should now hang your head in shame.

    Outright criminals could be in the Oval Office. But at least one, HRC, will NEVER sit in that big chair behind that big desk.

  8. Tuvea Says:

    The Trump family was in a political campaign and had absolutely no legal power to do anything. The most they could possibly do is TALK with the Russians. They were unable to ACT at all.

    The Obama Administration at all levels was running our country. It is called ‘The Executive Branch’ for a reason. With President Obama’s approval many actions took place. A number of them were eventually found to be unconstitutional by even left-leaning jurists.

    The DOJ became even more politicized under 44. They still aren’t doing their jobs to protect The American People. Instead they are still representing, it seems, the totalitarian extremists of the democrat party and all their crony capitalist pals.

    Just describing the situation was enough to get President Trump elected. Even the slightest progress in draining the swamp may get him re-elected.

    MAGA!

  9. Jim Says:

    What you’ve missed, Neo, is the ongoing flood of information regarding Trump’s long association with Russian financial agents and his company’s decade’s dependence on financing his often floundering investments. Follow the money, as we all will, when these investigations come to light.

  10. Mike K Says:

    This should be enough to finally get Rosenstein and McCabe to spend more time with their families.
    They should have been gone January 21 but the Democrats, just as they did with Bush in 2001, obstructed Trump’s ability to clean out the DoJ. Sessions didn’t help with his idiotic recusal on all things Russian.

  11. Gringo Says:

    It’s complicated.And it happened during the Obama administration.

    In that case, we will be hearing about all the wingnuts being unable to understand the nuances involved. You know, like when Demos deal with Russia, it has to do with world peace and wise diplomacy and all that, but when Pubs deal with Russia, it has to do with betrayal of the US. 🙂

    Or, we will hear Demos say, “Why bring up old history? That’s so old and stale.”

    (There are 9.4 million hits on a Bing search for “john kerry” nuance. Guess Kerry can claim ownership of “nuance.”)

  12. Tatterdemalian Says:

    Get enough scumbags together, and eventually one of them will have an attack of conscience.

    That’s why organizing as socialists do – so that a single malcontent can destroy the entire organization – is such a terrible idea.

    Doesn’t stop them from trying, though, because their ideology demands it. “Better for everyone to be miserable than for a single person to be miserable while everyone else is happy.” Results must be equal, and any extreme of oppression is just a necessary evil to achieve perfectly equal results.

  13. J.J. Says:

    “In evidentiary affidavits signed in 2014 and 2015, an Energy Department agent assigned to assist the FBI in the case testified that Mikerin supervised a “racketeering scheme” that involved extortion, bribery, money laundering and kickbacks that were both directed by and provided benefit to more senior officials back in Russia.”

    Extortion, bribery, money laundering, and kickbacks: SOP in Russia and many other countries around the world. One of the main reasons they are economic basket cases. Now we know from the book, “Clinton Cash,” that Hill and Bill like that modus operandi as well. As, apparently, do some other worthies on the progressive side.

    This story will, be covered by the MSM as they normally do. No resource will be spared in trying to minimize and quash it. The GOPe needs to grow a spine and get on board in helping the Trump administration to put this on the front burner. Now is not the time to shrink from the fray. Time to attack!

  14. Romey Says:

    Nothing really surprising here. The dinosaur media will gloss over the facts, or just ignore them, focusing instead on some trivial faux pas of President Trump, and dwell on it for days. The sad thing for our country: NOTHING will happen. Does not fit the narrative, nothing to see here, just move on.

  15. neo-neocon Says:

    Jim:

    What makes you think I’ve missed anything?

    This post is about a particular news item with some facts that just emerged concerning the Russians, the Clintons, but in particular the FBI and what it found, and what the FBI did not tell Congress or the American people. It’s not a summary of every piece of news about American politicians and Russians. And it’s not about Clinton business dealings with the Russians, which were already known back in 2015 (and written about; the book Clinton Cash came out in hardcover in May of 2015, and that’s what that Powerline quote referenced).

    As of the moment, I’ve got 453 posts about Trump. That’s a lot. Some of them are about allegations of Russian collusion. Some of them are about the Trump, Jr. flap. So many topics are discussed even I don’t recall them all. But Trump had business dealings with a great many countries over the years, including Russia. If you’re interested in an article on the subject I pretty much agree with (so far, anyway), see this from Forbes. If anything new and important emerges, I’ll cover it then.

  16. AesopFan Says:

    Jim Says:
    October 18th, 2017 at 10:04 am
    What you’ve missed, Neo, is the ongoing flood of information regarding Trump’s long association with Russian financial agents and his company’s decade’s dependence on financing his often floundering investments. Follow the money, as we all will, when these investigations come to light.
    * *
    IF there was any serious malfeasance involved (such as with the energy companies), rather than the normal dealings of an international company (which had an owner who DID NOT work for the government in any capacity), then why haven’t they ALREADY “come to light”?

    “If anything new and important emerges, I’ll cover it then.” – Neo

    (The caps are because I get tired of missing the HTML closers)

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