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25 October 2017, 12:21 | Bernice Figueroa
US President Donald Trump
Two US House committees will conduct a formal investigation into a 2010 deal that saw 20 percent of America's uranium supply being sold to a Russian mining company, amid accusations that bribes were paid to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
This news comes the same day as controversial House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes announced that his committee will be examining a uranium deal with Russian Federation approved during the Obama administration, one that President Donald Trump has used to deflect scrutiny of his own alleged Russian Federation ties.
Since uranium is considered a strategic asset, with implications for national security, the deal had to be approved by a committee composed of representatives from a number of United States government agencies.
The line of attack was renewed recently after the Hillreported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had found "substantial evidence" that Russian officials engaged in "bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering created to grow Vladimir Putin's atomic energy business inside the United States" before the Obama administration gave the deal the go-ahead. The Times' reporting built off of "Clinton Cash", a book by conservative author Peter Schweizer that the Clintons dismissed as partisan conspiracy-mongering.
The FBI also claimed it uncovered evidence that Russian nuclear officials had funneled "millions" into the Clinton Foundation.
It is highly unusual for the FBI to confirm or deny the existence of an investigation.
On Tuesday, the two Republican chairmen of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees ― Rep. Responding to reports Comey had drafted a statement on Clinton's email investigation months ahead of delivery, Trump asked: "Where is Justice Dept?"
Nunes said that he has not spoken to the White House about the matter. "We're not going to jump to any conclusions at this time", House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes says.
"Uranium deal to Russian Federation, with Clinton help and Obama Administration knowledge, is the biggest story that Fake Media doesn't want to follow!"
President Trump was elected almost a year ago, but the controversy over Hillary Clinton's emails is getting a new boost from key House Republicans. Hillary Clinton said in an interview with C-SPAN this past week that the accusations were "baloney" and that it had been "debunked repeatedly". Russian Federation later assumed full ownership of the company. Clinton, who was Secretary of State at the time, had to approve the deal in the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
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