Dobbs notes the pay for play Uranium One scandal involved consent of the entire Obama top tier and knowledge of corruption and national security risks by Homeland Security and…
Lou Dobbs, who has been all over the Uranium One deal and corruption at DOJ and FBI, has as his guest Peter Schweizer, who broke the story with his book “Clinton Cash” and a documentary by the same name. Dobbs surmises that Schweizer is feeling quite a bit of gratification as the story moves to a stage where at least the Senate Judiciary Committee is taking a look at it.
Schweizer described how it’s been a long time coming, that they expected the story, back when it was confirmed by the New York Times on their front page, would have gotten investigative traction then.
He says the story has basically “been dormant for two years as far as any kind of official action,” noting that now there’s an informant who is trying to enter the picture, if only Jeff Sessions would allow him to speak.
Dobbs relates how the focus solely on the email scandal by the DOJ under Comey was to him misguided, that the uranium deal had much more serious consequences. Perhaps that’s why the focus was directed elsewhere, where the evidence was easier to hide inside the bowels of an uncooperative State Department.
Dobbs tells Schweizer, “Your story, about the Clinton Foundation, an obvious pay for play scandal, quid pro quos that could be established, which you did establish, and put into your book, your movie, the reporting of the New York Times, with which you worked. And the FBI just went absolutely radio silent.”
Schweizer relays how the FBI field offices were very engaged over the course of 18 months, but “it became pretty clear, and some of this has been reported by the Wall Street Journal, that they were stopped by Department of Justice prosecutors. They wanted subpoenas, they wanted further investigatory powers, those were not granted by the Obama Justice Department.”
He continued, “And then of course hope turned that when Trump came in, Jeff Sessions is Attorney General, that that might change, but Lou, you know we have kind of a same cast of characters in a lot of positions, senior positions at the Department of Justice, and that has not changed.” He sums it up saying that “The field offices in the FBI very aggressively wanted to pursue this but they were running into resistance in Washington, DC.”
Dobbs raises the issue of the informant, who the FBI put under a criminal sanctions gag-order “to suffocate this story…for four years.” Schweizer points describes the CFIUS process, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, “where the federal government approves these types of deals that have national security implications, and involve foreign entities and foreign governments.”
He says it “Is precisely set up so that federal authorities can determine, is this foreign government or this foreign country company, are they involved in criminal activity, are they involved in espionage, do they have nefarious motives?”
He says, “This whistleblower, this FBI investigation was going on at exactly this time in 2010 when they were investigating it and yet, apparently, the evidence is, nobody on CFIUS ever even heard about this investigation. They finally prosecuted the individual in 2014.”
Schweizer says the entire process broke down and there’s only two possible explanations, “rank incompetence at the highest levels of the FBI, or the Department of Justice, which sits on CFIUS, or something more nefarious was going on.”
Dobbs names some of the members of the CFIUS council, the Homeland Security Council, the National Security Council, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Treasury, the Secretary of Homeland Security, there is no imaginable way in which one of those entities or individuals would not be aware of that investigation. Unless, something very crooked and very much a cover up was occurring.
Schwiezer reminds the audience that the deal was conditional on the uranium not being exported and that the New York Times has confirmed in their reporting that “they have violated that agreement. Yellow cake, under the control of Uranium One, has been exported out of the United States and it’s unclear where it’s actually gone.”
He adds, “This is not about a far off scandal, this is not just about the Clintons, this has enormous national security implications for the United States and we do need to get to the bottom of it.” Schweizer feels that will only happen if Senator Grassley’s Judicial Committee and Capitol Hill crack heads with a threat that heads will roll.
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