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GOP starts probe of Russian Federation uranium deal

GOP starts probe of Russian Federation uranium deal

Two key House committees have launched a joint investigation into decisions the Department of Justice made in 2016 during the presidential election.

"This is just the beginning of this probe", Nunes told reporters.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) pauses as he speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill on Oct, 24.

The Republican chairman of the House intelligence committee, Rep. Devin Nunes, also announced a separate investigation into a uranium deal brokered during President Barack Obama's tenure.

What was the uranium deal?

He added that the committee has been looking into the matter and meeting with "informants" for several months, and that the White House has not been involved. Nine government agencies and a number of federal and state regulators approved the uranium deal.

Trump fired Comey in May. The next year, Rosatom sought to assume majority ownership in Uranium One - a deal that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) had to approve.

By 2013, Rosatom had acquired 100% of Uranium One, giving the Kremlin control of about 20% of USA uranium production capacity, Politifact reported.

In a C-SPAN interview Monday, Clinton said the new focus on the uranium deal is "baloney" and evidence that the Trump administration is anxious and trying to deflect attention away from the ongoing probes into the Trump team's alleged ties to the Kremlin.

But a state department official said at the time she "never intervened" in the committee review and the Clinton campaign said that she did not participate in the deal's approval.

David Bossie said Attorney General Jeff Sessions must appoint a special counsel to investigate the Uranium One deal, because that's the only way to get to the bottom of it.

"Uranium deal to Russian Federation, with Clinton help and Obama Administration knowledge, is the biggest story that Fake Media doesn't want to follow!" the President tweeted.

What's important about Nunes' announcement?

The two panels have declined to investigate Russia's interference in the 2016 elections, leaving those probes to Senate committees and the House intelligence committee.

He had "temporarily" removed himself from matters relating to the Russian Federation investigation amid Democrats' allegations that he'd broken ethics rules in his panel's Russian Federation probe.

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

The lawyer, William Taylor, also says the subpoena for the banking records is created to "punish President Trump's political foes while chilling future investigative research into his actions".


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