The Department of Justice (DOJ) released an FBI informant that was formerly being restricted from speaking out about the Russian bribery scheme due to a confidentiality agreement.
Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores announced that a deal had been struck allowing him to testify before Congress about the Russian nuclear industry’s attempts to curry favor with the Obama administration.
“As of tonight, the Department of Justice has authorized the informant to disclose to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, as well as one member of each of their staffs, any information or documents he has concerning alleged corruption or bribery involving transactions in the uranium market, including but not limited to anything related to Vadim Mikerin, Rosatom, Tenex, Uranium One, or the Clinton Foundation,” she said.
Congressional committees have tried without success to interview the unnamed informant since after being undercover for 5 years he no doubt has valuable information on the details of Russia’s aggressive attempts to grow its atomic energy sector in the United States.
This agent’s work helped the US government to secure convictions against a Russian financier in New Jersey, who was the head of a U.S. uranium trucking company that was a front for a “long-running racketeering scheme involving bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering.”
According to The Hill:
“The informant was unable to provide answers to lawmakers’ recent inquiries because he had signed a nondisclosure agreement with the bureau. He also was forced by the Justice Department in 2016 to withdraw a lawsuit that threatened to call attention to the case during last year’s presidential election.
“The man’s lawyer, Victoria Toensing, told The Hill on Wednesday night that the FBI sent her a formal letter saying it no longer had any reason to ask the informant to keep his work confidential, clearing the way for him to potentially testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the House Intelligence Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
“The committees are keen to learn what the informant knows about any Russian efforts to curry favor with Bill and Hillary Clinton, to win Obama administration approval for Moscow’s purchase of large uranium assets in the United States or to secure billions in new uranium sales contracts with American utilities.”
His lawyer expressed how grateful she was that he could talk about all the seedy things the Obamas and the Clintons have done.
“The FBI has informed me that they are releasing my client from his [nondisclosure agreement] so that he can testify to Congress about his work uncovering the Russian nuclear bribery case and the efforts he witnessed by Moscow to gain influence with the Clintons in hopes of winning favorable uranium decisions from the Obama administration,” Toensing said.
“He is now able and willing to talk with the congressional committees seeking his testimony, though I will be working with all parties to ensure his identity remains confidential to ensure his safety,” she added.
H/T: The Hill