In the furor about the infamous House Intelligence Committee memo — and the subsequent revelation that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) was pranked by two Russian comedians who claimed to have compromising photographs of President Donald Trump — the Uranium One scandal has received less media attention as of late. In the background, however, the wheels unraveling the scandal continue to turn.
An FBI informant testified before the Senate Judiciary, House Oversight, and House Intelligence Committees for four hours on Wednesday, sharing key information about Hillary Clinton’s pay-to-play schemes with the Russians, that, according to the informant, former President Barack Obama knew all about.
William Campbell owns an energy company and was apparently a long-time informant for the FBI and CIA. Campbell told congressional investigators that Russia “attempted to hide its ongoing aid to help sustain Iran’s nuclear industry” — a program that the United States was adamantly against — while the Obama administration was approving the sale of 20 percent of U.S. uranium mining rights to Russia.
“For several years my relationship with the CIA consisted of being debriefed after foreign travel,” Campbell said. “Gradually, the relationship evolved into the CIA tasking me to travel to specific countries to obtain specific information.”
In the 1990s, I developed a working relationship with Kazakhstan and Russia in their nuclear energy industries. When I told the CIA of this development, I was turned over to FBI counterintelligence agents.
According to Campbell, he told the FBI that “the Russians expressed a sense of urgency to secure new U.S. uranium business because they knew that the two-decades-old ‘Megatons to Megawatts’ program would cease in 2013.” He continued:
Then Russia would no longer be guaranteed a market to sell recycled nuclear warhead materials as peaceful reactor fuel in the United States. I gathered evidence for the FBI by moving closer and closer to the Russians’ key nuclear industry players, including those inside the United States and high-ranking Russian officials who would visit.
All of this information was reportedly shared with the FBI, Department of Treasury, Department of Energy, and the Department of Justice. Additionally, according to Campbell, his findings were personally reported to former President Obama in his daily briefings at least twice.
Campbell also told the congressional committees that the Russians boasted to him that former President Bill Clinton and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had so much influence in the Obama White House that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) would approve Russia’s purchase.
That boast came true; Hillary Clinton herself, along with former Attorney General Eric Holder, sat on the committee that helped secure the deal, which gave Russia control of nearly a quarter of U.S. uranium.
Campbell claimed in his testimony that he tried to stop the deal, but the Obama administration ignored his warnings, pressing forward with the Uranium One deal and the now-infamous agreement with Iran.
“I was speechless and angry in October 2010 when CFIUS approved the Uranium One sale to Rosatom. I was deeply worried that TLI [Transport Logistics International] continued to transport sensitive uranium despite the fact that it had been compromised by the bribery scheme,” Campbell said. He continued:
I expressed these concerns repeatedly to my FBI handlers. The response I got was that “politics” was somehow involved. I remember one response I got from an agent when I asked how it was possible CFIUS would approve the Uranium One sale when the FBI could prove Rosatom was engaged in criminal conduct. His answer: “Ask your politics.”
Campbell was reportedly was paid large amounts of money by the FBI for his work, but signed a nondisclosure agreement that prevented him from coming forward earlier.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions vacated that agreement late in 2017 at the request of Campbell’s lawyer, Victoria Toensing, which allowed Campbell to testify before Congress.
Because of Sessions’ actions, Campbell can now share what he knows about the scandal with the world, and maybe — just maybe — someone from the Obama administration will finally be held accountable for this disgusting deal.