Hillary Clinton’s emails, the Russian donations to the Clinton Foundation, the Russian company that bought U.S. uranium assets – all old news?
Two new lawsuits have been filed demanding answers from the “deep state bureaucracy” to questions about what went on under the Obama administration.
The lawsuits, one against the FBI and the Department of Justice, and another against the U.S. Department of Justice, the Department of State, the FBI and the Treasury Department, were filed by the public interest American Center for Law and Justice.
Citing “an all-too-familiar pattern and practice of failure by several federal bureaucratic agencies to comply with Freedom of Information Act requirements,” ACLJ said it is asking a federal court to order the agencies to issue determinations and produce documents responsive” to it’s questions.
The complaints focus on the “sham” investigation of Hillary Clinton’s abuse of classified information while she was secretary of state as well as the Uranium One scandal, an alleged “pay to play” scheme benefitting the Clintons and their foundation to secure the sale of 20 percent of U.S. uranium assets to a company owned by the Russian government.
“The first lawsuit is against four agencies: the Department of State, Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and U.S. Treasury Department. In this suit, we are seeking to obtain documents concerning a decision by the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS) to transfer the U.S.’s controlling interest in Uranium One to the Russian state-owned ARMZ – a wholly owned subsidiary of the Russian nuclear giant, Rosatom,” ACLJ explained.
ACLJ asked: “Why would the Obama administration approve a deal that would result in making Rosatom one of the world’s largest uranium producers and bring Mr. Putin closer to his goal of controlling much of the global uranium supply chain?”
The complaint notes that at the time of the deal, the FBI was investigating bribes, kickbacks and racketeering by the Russian conglomerate’s American subsidiary that were calculated to compromise contracts in the American nuclear energy industry.
Further, Russian nuclear officials gave $145 million to the Clinton Foundation and Bill Clinto received $500,000 from the Russian government for a speech in Moscow.
ACLJ wants the facts “on this ill-advised – and, frankly, foolish – deal approved by CFIUS. Specifically, the information the ACLJ has demanded in its FOIA request will reveal just how much information the Obama FBI/DOJ provided to members of the CFIUS before its approval of the deal, as well as the validity of reports that Russia tried to bribe Hillary Clinton.”
New information has cast light on the uranium deal.
Last week, an FBI informant involved in the Uranium One deal gave a 10-page statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee, House Intelligence Committee and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee claiming that APCO Worldwide – a global public affairs consulting firm headquartered in Washington, D.C. – was hired by Russia in an effort to influence the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton.
“According to the informant, Russian nuclear officials ‘told [him] at various times that they expected APCO to apply a portion of its funds received from Russia to provide in-kind support for the Clintons’ Global Initiative.’ Specifically, in exchange for Russia’s payment of more than $3 million dollars, ‘APCO was expected to give assistance free of charge to the Clinton Global Initiative as part of their effort to create a favorable environment to ensure the Obama administration made affirmative decisions on everything from Uranium One to the US-Russia Civilian Nuclear Cooperation agreement,'” ACLJ said.
The organization’s second complaint targets the DOJ and FBI for the FBI’s investigation – then under James Comey – into Hillary Clinton’s use of private email servers and treatment of classified information.
“As you might recall, late last year, the Senate Judiciary Committee obtained information, including the transcripts of FBI interviews of multiple witnesses in the investigation, which calls into question the objectivity of the FBI’s investigation. As the interviews revealed, Comey drafted his statement clearing Clinton as early as April or May – months before the FBI interviewed several key witnesses, including Clinton herself.”
Further, the DOJ granted immunity to top Clinton aide Cheryl Mills and another aide, Heather Samuelson, for turning over their computers.
“We now know that early drafts of Comey’s statement announcing his decision not to pursue criminal charges against Hillary Clinton strongly indicated she had violated federal law by hosting and sharing top secret information on a private server,” ACLJ explained.
The legal group wants records on the decision by the FBI not to prosecute Hillary Clinton, drafts of Comey’s decision to close the investigation, records relating to “potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information,” details about all immunity agreements, and any attempts to compel information from Hillary Clinton’s internet providers.
The government’s refusal to provide the information is causing “irreparable harm,” the complaints state.
The harm will continue “unless defendants are compelled to conform their conduct to the requirements of the law.”