Uranium One scandal shows Washington still blames Russia for everything
The informant, Douglas Campbell, told three separate congressional committees via written statements that Moscow had routed millions of dollars to the US with a view to leveraging then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s influence to negotiate a deal for roughly 20 percent of the US uranium reserves.
The former FBI agent was told by executives at Rosatom, Russia’s nuclear energy agency, that they had hired the lobbying firm APCO Worldwide to assist on a potential uranium purchase deal, as the company claimed to be in a unique position to influence the Obama administration via the Clintons. In exchange, the Clinton Foundation would allegedly receive kickbacks.
Democrats have dismissed the entire issue as a right-wing conspiracy theory, with debunking sites publishingmultiple 'takedowns' in recent months, insinuating that it is merely a smoke-and-mirrors ploy by Republicans to detract from their own public corruption investigations.
“Just yesterday the committee made clear that this secret informant charade was just that, a charade. Along with the widely debunked text-message-gate and Nunes’ embarrassing memo episode, we have a trifecta of GOP-manufactured scandals designed to distract from their own President’s problems and the threat to democracy he poses,” Clinton spokesperson Nick Merrill told The Hill.
Needless to say, Trump supporters, conservatives and anti-Clinton advocates have seized the opportunity to once again shine a light on alleged abuse of power by Hillary Clinton during her time as Secretary of State under the Obama Administration.
Russia investigation has been going on for well over a year:— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) February 8, 2018
Evidence of wrongdoing by Trump:
Evidence of Dem/FBI wrongdoing:
1. Hillary paid for dossier
2. FBI colluded with Dems
3. Uranium One
4. Comey lied under oath
5. Strzok and Page texts
I was wrong. There IS evidence of collusion with Russia! Proof now comes out. But it wasn't @realDonaldTrump but it was the UNREAL Adam "Shifty" Schiff who at least thought he was cooperating with Russians. https://t.co/h0OezEum4o— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) February 8, 2018
FBI informant in #UraniumOne scandal testifies against Obama.— Alana Mastrangelo (@ARmastrangelo) February 8, 2018
Gives written testimony accusing Obama administration of making decisions that directly benefited Russian government & their goals of gaining advantage over the US.https://t.co/N3jqs9f5Da
Regardless of which side of the aisle is beset by an alleged corruption scandal, it seems blaming the Russians will remain the most popular political sport in Washington DC for some time to come.