House Republicans announce new Russian Federation investigation - into an Obama-era uranium deal

House Republicans announce new Russian Federation investigation - into an Obama-era uranium deal

However, the committee made a decision to start its inquiry following a report in The Hill that stated the FBI was investigating Russian Federation and the United States' nuclear industry, and were watching as Russian Federation was working to win access to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Bill Clinton, and their inner circle.

What was the uranium deal?

The Hill reported last week that before the sale was approved, the Federal Bureau of Investigation had evidence indicating that Russian officials had "routed millions of dollars to the U.S. created to benefit" the Clinton Foundation, and that the Obama administration approved the deal even though the Federal Bureau of Investigation had evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery and extortion "designed to grow Vladimir Putin's atomic energy business inside the United States".

Democrats have said Republican focus on the uranium deal is an attempt to distract from the Russian Federation probes.

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In 2010, Rosatom, Russia's state-owned nuclear energy company, looked to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One after buying a 17% share in the company a year earlier.

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) approved the deal, and Russian Federation later took over Uranium One.

Nunes said on Tuesday that he wants to know "whether or not there was an FBI investigation, whether or not there was a DOJ investigation, and if so, why Congress was not informed of this matter".

The 2010 deal approved by the Obama Administration basically gave the Russian uranium company Uranium One rights to twenty percent of the United States uranium reserves.

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The Hill's report - which was immediately picked up by conservative media outlets and characterized as "the REAL Russia collusion story" - also piqued the interest of Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. But that effort went far, far beyond any schemes to help elect Donald Trump president.

"Never before has a political party been so sad that it won the White House and so desperate for the other party to be President", Jesse Ferguson tweeted, in response to news of the new investigation.

"The current Russian Federation investigation is about the election", Nunes told reporters. But when asked whether he would brief the White House in the future, he said, "If appropriate, yeah". He stressed that his focus, at the time of the deal and now, was primarily driven by concerns about "why 20 percent of the U.S.'s uranium supply was being given to a Russian-owned company".

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