Republicans launch probe into Obama administration Russian uranium deal

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25 October, 2017

Nunes said the first goal of the investigation, for which the Intelligence Committee is partnering with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is determining "was there actually an open FBI investigation or not".

In a statement Tuesday, a lawyer for Fusion GPS calls the subpoena from the chairman of the House intelligence committee "overly broad" and without a legitimate goal.

President Trump has been calling for an investigation into the uranium deal for months, NBC News reports.

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

The deal in question involved a wealthy Clinton Foundation donor named Frank Giustra, who sold his uranium-mining company, UrAsia, to Uranium One in 2007, according to Politifact.

The White House on Tuesday said the Justice Department should consider a criminal prosecution of former FBI Director James Comey, claiming he had leaked privileged information to the press and offered false testimony to Congress.

Russia-Uranium One - The House Intelligence Committee and the House Oversight Committee will start a joint probe looking at the sale of a company to Russian interests that holds large amounts of uranium reserves in the United States.

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The move gave Rosatom control of 20 percent of United States uranium stockpiles, and was decided after Uranium One made several donations to the Clinton Foundation of former president Bill Clinton.

Nunes has become a focal point of such efforts before.

Trump fired Comey in May. "Me and President Obama, we are the ones they like to put in the crosshairs", Clinton said.

"Well, the current Russian Federation investigation is about the election". He claimed in October 2016 that Clinton gave uranium to Russian Federation "for a big payment", which the Washington Post later said was inaccurate. But when asked whether he would brief the White House in the future, he would not commit to continuing to steer clear of the administration.

Ian Prior, a Justice Department spokesman, said the department plans to "fully cooperate with this important congressional investigation".

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.

"This is totally different from the election has nothing to do with the Russian election", King said, stressing 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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