Published: Wed, October 25, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Goodlatte, Gowdy open investigation into DOJ's 2016 decisions

Goodlatte, Gowdy open investigation into DOJ's 2016 decisions

Hillary Clinton may have lost the presidential election, but she hasn't lost the interest of Republicans. That approval has sparked controversy in part because of donations between 2009 and 2013 to the Clinton Foundation from people related to Uranium One.

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.

Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-California, told reporters his panel has "been looking into this for some time", with key committee member Rep. Peter King, R-NY, explaining how the deal was being examined as far back as 2010, reports The Washington Post.

It is highly unusual for the FBI to confirm or deny the existence of an investigation.

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In launching this new investigation, Nunes is adding congressional muscle to a right-wing narrative that has cast Clinton as cozying up to Russian Federation. "It was brought to the highest levels of the Obama administration, including the Treasury Secretary, so it's important that we find out why that deal went through, certainly in view of recent allegations and questions, and it's important this inquiry goes forward".

"The current Russian Federation investigation is about the election", Nunes told reporters. "This is more about uranium and whether or not government functioned properly or not", Nunes said.

Allegations surrounding the uranium deal resurfaced this past week when The Hill reported the FBI was investigating the donations and did not inform Congress. Democrats are criticizing both investigations as attempts to distract from the ongoing investigation into Russia's election meddling and possible collusion with the Trump campaign, according to ABC News.

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.

Nunes said the first goal of the investigation, for which the Intelligence Committee is partnering with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is determining "was there actually an open FBI investigation or not".

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