(National Sentinel)Â Scandal:Â Reports last week note that Justice Department officials in the District of Maryland announced that Mark Lambert of Mount Airy, Md., was indicted on 11 counts related to “bribery, kickbacks, and money-laundering.”
Those charges stemmed from an alleged plot to bribe Vadim Mikerinn, a Russian executive at JSC Techsnabexport, or TENEX.
As reported byÂ Zero Hedge:
According to the indictment, Lambert and others at Transport Logistics International (TLI) engaged in several counts of bribery,Â kickbacks and money laundering withÂ Russian nuclear officialÂ Vadim Mikerin, in order to secure business advantages with TENEX – a subsidiary of Rosatom, the Kremlin’s state-owned energy company which bought Uranium One.
TLI would have ostensibly transported all of the uranium from the U1 deal, were it not for an FBI undercover moleÂ buried deep within the Russian nuclear industry who gathered extensive evidence of corruption.Â
Robert Muellerâ€™s FBI had been investigating the scheme since at least 2008Â â€“ withÂ retiring Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe assigned to the ongoing investigationÂ which wasÂ hidden from the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS).Â Had they known, the committee never would have approved the Uranium One deal with TENEXâ€™s parent company, Rosatom.Â
Four individuals were eventually prosecutedÂ and given plea agreementsÂ afterÂ the Uranium One deal was approved. The prosecuting DOJ attorneys? Deputy Attorney GeneralÂ Rod Rosenstein and top MuellerÂ investigator in the Trump-Russia probe, Andrew Weissman â€“ who praised former acting Attorney General Sally Yates forÂ defying Trump.
According to John Solomon atÂ The Hill, the Obama DoJ never called the deal’s secret information, William D. Campbell, when it was time to charge former Russian uranium industry official Mikerinn.
â€œWhile he was Marylandâ€™s chief federal prosecutor,Â Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosensteinâ€™s office failed to interview the undercover informant in the FBIâ€™s Russian nuclear bribery case before it filed criminal charges in the case in 2014, officials told The Hill,â€Â reportsÂ Solomon.
As we have reported, Campbell, whoÂ was made to sign an â€œillegalâ€ non-disclosure agreement (NDA) by Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch, claimed in November to have video evidence showing Russian agents with briefcases full of bribe money in relation to the Uranium One scandal.
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.
Campbell, who is currently battling cancer, had earlier been misidentified as a lobbyist. In reality, he is a nuclear industry consultant.
â€œThe Russians were compromising American contractors in the nuclear industry with kickbacks and extortion threats, all of which raised legitimate national security concerns. AndÂ none of that evidence got aired before the Obama administration made those decisions,â€ a person who worked on the case told The Hill, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution by U.S. or Russian officials.
â€œIâ€™ve never heard of such a case unless the victim is dead. Iâ€™ve never heard of prosecutors making a major case and not talking to the victim before you made it, especially when he was available to them through the FBI,â€ Alan DershowitzÂ toldÂ The Hill.
Last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered investigators in the Justice Department to take a fresh look at the sale of Uranium One to Russian firm Rosatom.
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