Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is leading an investigation into possible Russian bribery that may have occurred during the Obama administration, in regards to the now-infamous uranium deal.
Grassley and his committee intend to probe into the matter, and believe that the FBI was aware of evidence that pointed to a possible racketeering plot going as far back as 2009.
“According to government documents and recent news reports, the DOJ had an ongoing criminal investigation for bribery, extortion, money laundering, into officials for a Russian company making purchase of Uranium One,” said Senator Grassley.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is now trying to determine what was known by U.S. agencies, and requested information from 10 different federal agencies that were involved in the Uranium One deal.
Evidence of extreme corruption, money laundering, and bribery have been known by DOJ officials since at least 2009, but they didn’t bring charges against anyone until 2014.
Grassley, who has been one of the only politicians to have questioned the Obama-era uranium deal from the start, has demanded answers from the federal agencies no later than October 26th.
As reported in TheHill
The committee is discussing other bipartisan requests to make in the coming days, and Grassley also is expected to seek access to potential witnesses soon, escalating from the information requests he made a few years back, according to people familiar with the investigation.
The senator also specifically conveyed in recent letters he no longer accepts the Obama administration’s assurances from 2015 that there was no basis to block the Uranium One deal.
“I am not convinced by these assurances,” Grassley wrote the Homeland Security Department last week. “The sale of Uranium One resulted in a Russian government takeover of a significant portion of U.S. uranium mining capacity. In light of that fact, very serious questions remain about the basis for the finding that this transaction did not threaten to impair U.S. national security.”