Meanwhile, Hillary claims she was shivved
The Obama administration ran interference for Hillary on more than one occasion (that we know of), if two recent reports are to be believed.
First, there’s the issue of the Clinton Foundation’s dealings with Canadian Uranium One (sold to Russians), which include a bribery scandal the FBI was aware of, and in which the DOJ chose not to reveal until after the deal was done.
Secondly, emails posted by the FBI as part of their public disclosure efforts indicate Comey planned to exonerate Hillary months before he interviewed her in the home-brewed email scandal investigation.
The Clinton Foundation and Uranium One:
As we blogged previously:
the Clinton Foundation was wheeling and dealing, taking “donations” from a Russian bank in the form of $500,000 speaking fees along with an aggregate of $2.35 million in straight donations from Uranium One’s Chairman. This same bank was helping to broker the Uranium One deal. Remember that one? The deal struck while Hillary was Secretary of State that sold one-fifth of the U.S.’s uranium production to Russia?
In 2015, the story was an issue because the donations were not publicly disclosed when the Clinton’s were promising complete transparency on all Clinton Foundation transactions while Hillary was serving as Secretary of State. Now, it’s resurfaced for a different reason — the FBI was aware of the bribes, and sat on the evidence for four years.
The Hill reports:
Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.
Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show.
They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.
The racketeering scheme was conducted “with the consent of higher level officials” in Russia who “shared the proceeds” from the kickbacks, one agent declared in an affidavit years later.
For timeline reference, (now) former FBI Director James Comey did not take the reins until 2013. The Hill ctd:
Rather than bring immediate charges in 2010, however, the Department of Justice (DOJ) continued investigating the matter for nearly four more years, essentially leaving the American public and Congress in the dark about Russian nuclear corruption on U.S. soil during a period when the Obama administration made two major decisions benefiting Putin’s commercial nuclear ambitions.
And the clincher:
But FBI, Energy Department and court documents reviewed by The Hill show the FBI in fact had gathered substantial evidence well before the committee’s decision that Vadim Mikerin — the main Russian overseeing Putin’s nuclear expansion inside the United States — was engaged in wrongdoing starting in 2009.
Then-Attorney General Eric Holder was among the Obama administration officials joining Hillary Clinton on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States at the time the Uranium One deal was approved. Multiple current and former government officials told The Hill they did not know whether the FBI or DOJ ever alerted committee members to the criminal activity they uncovered.
Spokesmen for Holder and Clinton did not return calls seeking comment. The Justice Department also didn’t comment.
Consider that since her embarrassing electoral loss, Hillary has been traipsing around the country, hocking her book, fancying herself a modern day “Paula Revere” warning us all that Russia is evil.
The Email Thread Suggesting Comey Never Planned to Bring Charges Against Hillary:
Confirming criticism that Comey was in the tank for Hillary, recent evidence suggests Comey planned to exonerate Hillary in the investigation into her mishandling of classified information while serving as Secretary of State months before she was interviewed.
The five-page document included a list of nearly 50 deleted pages and a mostly redacted email chain titled “Midyear Exam.” Though the email is marked unclassified, the only visible content is FBI official James Rybicki forwarding a redacted email from Comey to other top officials asking for “any comments on this statement so we may roll it into a master doc for discussion with the Director at a future date.”
The Rybicki email is dated May 16, 2016, and the original Comey email is dated May 2, 2016. Newsweek was first to report the release.
Comey announced in July 2016 that the FBI would not recommend charges in the Clinton investigation in an unprecedented statement, during which he also heavily criticized Clinton and her team for their handling of sensitive information in her use of a private email server while at the State Department.
The FBI declined to comment further on the documents.
But because this story isn’t ridiculous enough, while on her book tour, Hillary blamed Comey (and everything else under the sun) for her electoral loss, saying Comey “shivved” her.
In her latest interview, Clinton borrowed a prison phrase to accuse Comey of costing her the election by re-opening the investigation into her private email server.
“He did shiv me, yeah… we also know that opponents of mine, like former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, knew something was coming,” Clinton told Australia’s NewsCo.com. “So there was clearly an effort to detail my campaign at the end.”
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