(National Sentinel)Â New Look: Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered Justice Department prosecutors to begin asking FBI agents to explain evidence they discovered into a currently dormant criminal probe into the controversial Uranium One deal that has been tied to Bill and Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation,Â NBC News reported.
According to multiple law enforcement sources, interviews with FBI agents are part of the Justice Department’s efforts to fulfill a pledge that an assistant attorney general gave to Congress in November.
The assistant AG promised that the department would determine whether a special counsel is warranted to look into the Uranium One deal, according to a senior Justice Department official.
NBC News noted further:
At issue is a 2010 transaction in which the Obama Administration allowed the sale of U.S. uranium mining facilities to Russia’s state atomic energy company. Hillary Clinton was secretary of state at the time, and the State Department was one of nine agencies that agreed to approve the deal after finding no threat to U.S. national security.
The network reported that a senior law enforcement official briefed on the initial FBI probe said that allegations of corruption surrounded the process of the Obama administration approving the sale, but no charges were ever filed.
The Clintons have denied any wrongdoing.
However,Â undercover informant for the FBI who worked in the Russian nuclear industry and was made to sign an â€œillegalâ€ non-disclosure agreement (NDA) by Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch claims to have video evidence showing Russian agents with briefcases full of bribe money in relation to the Uranium One scandal.
The informant, identified asÂ William D. Campbell, was scheduled to testify before Congress at the end of November after a non-disclosure agreement he signed, which carried the threat of prison time if violated, was lifted by the Trump Justice Department.
Republicans in the Senate are probing the Uranium One deal. President Donald J. Trump has also called the deal corrupt and pushed for an investigation.
Earlier,Â The Hillâ€˜s John Solomon andÂ Circa Newsâ€˜ Sara Carter noted that Campbell had been deeply embedded in the Russian nuclear industry. While there he was able to gather incriminating evidence of bribery and kickbacks to and by U.S. and Russian actors involved in getting the Uranium One deal approved by the Obama administration.
NBC News noted further that inÂ a letter to Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Stephen Boyd “said Justice Department lawyers would make recommendations to Sessions about whether an investigation should be opened or expanded, or whether a special counsel should be appointed to probe a number of issues of concern to Republicans.”
FBI agents who investigated the case have been asked in recent weeks by Justice Department prosecutors to describe the results of their efforts. Agents have also been asked if there was any improper effort to quash prosecutions of the Clintons or others involved in the transaction.
Bill and Hillary Clinton hid donations from a firm tied to the controversial Uranium One, as indicated in documents obtained byÂ The Hill.
In October,Â The Hill reported further thatÂ the FBI turned up evidence of collusion, racketeering, bribery and payoffs between Russian nuclear company interests tied to President Vladimir Putin and the Clinton Foundation back in 2010.
However, the paper noted, the Justice Department under Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch sat on the information and did not act on it.
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