Republican senator whose state possesses the majority of America’s uranium reserves is asking the Justice Department to…..
explain what it did to warn U.S. officials about an Obama-era Russian nuclear energy corruption probe.
Sen. JOHN BARRASSO: Says in an interview he is deeply concerned by reports that the FBI uncovered kickbacks, bribes, money laundering and extortion by an employee of Russia’s main nuclear company before the Obama administration in 2010 approved the firm taking control of 20 percent of America’s uranium supply.
Some of the mines owned by Uranium One, the company that the Russians bought, are located in Barrasso’s home state of Wyoming.
“Recent reports indicate that, prior to CFIUS’s approval of the Russian-Uranium One deal, the Department of Justice possessed substantial evidence that Russian officials engaged in bribery kickbacks, and other criminal conducts to expand Russia’s nuclear energy business in the United States,” Barrasso wrote in a letter sent this week to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, referring to the Committee on foreign Investment in the United States.
“Under existing NRC regulations, this means that any uranium proposed for export to Russia for use in nuclear fuel would be made subject to the U.S.-Russia Atomic Energy Act Section 123 agreement for peaceful nuclear cooperation and confirmed in case-specific government-to-government assurances for each proposed export,” the NRC said.
Barrasso wrote another letter in 2015, this time to the then-Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, expressing his concerns about the Russian government’s ownership of American uranium reserves.
The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States approved the Russian majority take over of Uranium One in 2015.
The Senator demanded in Writing: “I ask that you provide my office with all documents disclosed by the Department to CFIUS concerning the investigation of Russian nuclear officials prior to CFIUS’s approval of the Russia-Uranium One deal,”
Barrasso expect the information no later than Dec 1st 2017
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