New Senate probe: Clintons’ conflict of interest in Russian uranium deal

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Senate Judicial Chair Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has announced a new probe into the Clintons’ activities in 2010 when a congressional committee on which Hillary Clinton was serving approved the buyout of a Canadian mining company by a Russian firm just after Russian nuclear industry officials made hefty donations to the Clinton Foundation.

“This committee has an obligation to get to the bottom of this issue,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said Wednesday, at the start of a hearing with Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The Hill reported a day earlier that the FBI had evidence as early as 2009 that Russian operatives used bribes, kickbacks and other dirty tactics to expand Moscow’s atomic energy footprint in the U.S. — but the Obama administration approved the uranium deal benefiting Moscow anyway.

Grassley on Wednesday released a series of letters he fired off last week to 10 federal agencies, addressing those issues in detail and raising the question of whether the committee that approved the transaction was aware of the FBI probe. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) included then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Asked about the concerns at Wednesday’s hearing, Sessions told Grassley the Justice Department will take “appropriate” actions.

“I hear your concerns and they will be reviewed,” Sessions said, without responding directly to a question from Grassley on whether the Justice Department has also probed whether the Russians “compromised” the Obama administration to “smooth the way” for the deal.

“It wouldn’t be appropriate for me to comment on any ongoing investigation,” Sessions said.

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