Republicans launch probe into Obama administration Russian uranium deal

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Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the Federal Bureau of Investigation had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering created to grow Vladimir Putin's atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.

They also want to find out why the FBI made a decision to formally notify Congress of the probe on two separate occasions and why the FBI - as opposed to the Justice Department - recommended that Clinton not be charged at the conclusion of the investigation.

The Iowa Republican sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions last Wednesday asking whether the Department of Justice was investigating the fact that former President Bill Clinton was paid for a speech around the time that the U.S. government approved the Uranium One deal, and that Russians donated millions to the Clinton Foundation years before the uranium deal.

Nunes said on Tuesday that he wants to know "whether or not there was an FBI investigation, whether or not there was a DOJ investigation, and if so, why Congress was not informed of this matter".

Nunes is an avid defender of Trump and was stripped of his lead role in the House Intelligence Committee's Russian interference investigation earlier this year for politicizing it.

The House Intelligence and House Oversight committees will be investigating the Obama administration's approval of the purchase by a Russian state-owned energy company of a Canadian company whose mines control 20% of the US' uranium supply.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has also been digging into the matter, as part of a broader probe that also encompasses alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign and whether Trump's campaign associates colluded with the Russians. He claimed in October 2016 that Clinton gave uranium to Russian Federation "for a big payment", which the Washington Post later said was inaccurate.

David Bossie said Attorney General Jeff Sessions must appoint a special counsel to investigate the Uranium One deal, because that's the only way to get to the bottom of it.

But a state department official said at the time she "never intervened" in the committee review and the Clinton campaign said that she did not participate in the deal's approval.

The California Republican told reporters Tuesday that the new investigation was separate from the Russian Federation probe into election meddling. "Me and President Obama, we are the ones they like to put in the crosshairs", Clinton said. He said it wouldn't be appropriate for him to comment on an ongoing investigation.

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