A top Republican senator has initiated an investigation into an Obama-era deal that he says was misrepresented to members of Congress. In the deal, a Russian company took control of a large supply of America’s uranium and exported it to Russia.
Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, sent a letter yesterday to the U.S. Energy Department and U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission requesting a long list of documents.
In his letter, he asks for detailed information in order to understand how Uranium One was bought out by the Russians during the Obama presidency.
“Beginning in 2012, Uranium One exported U.S. uranium by ‘piggy-backing’ as a supplier on an export license” held by a shipping company, Barrasso wrote. This was a contradiction to the process that he was told was legally allowed to occur, specifically, that uranium could only be exported with an ‘NRC export license’, and the deal brokered would not give the Russians the ability to do so.
Yet, last month, it came to light that while the NRC license was never issued memos show that a ‘shipment of yellowcake uranium’ was exported from American mines, to Canada, and then later to Europe-with the permission of the Obama Administration.
Senator Barrasso states the Department of Energy “chose to hide its role in approving exports,” by claiming at the time the issue did not fall within its “purview.” “By stating DOE had no role in the matter, the DOE concealed the possibility of subsequent exports and their responsibility in reviewing them,” Barrasso wrote. “The DOE’s concealment, together with Chairman Jaczko’s deception, created a false narrative that there was only one agency and one process by which Uranium One could export uranium.”
Barrasso’s letter in which he asked for multiple documents has a January 31, 2018 deadline.
The Uranium One deal, also has ties to The Clinton Foundation, as Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State at the time the deal was negotiated, and her Foundation received a substantial donation from Russian parties involved in the deal. At a time when Trump’s administration is being subjugated to multiple queries in the ‘who knew what and when’ as far as Russia is concerned, this Uranium One deal is looking more and more like a political scandal for the democratic politicians.