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Trump claims fake media ignored Clinton linked Russia deal

By Sheetal Sukhija, United States News
20 Oct 2017, 04:20 GMT+10

WASHINGTON, U.S. - In yet another rant against the country’s media, U.S. President Donald Trump has slammed the ‘Fake Media’ for ignoring stories on an investigation involving the Russia uranium deal.

The bombshell report emerged in The Hill on Wednesday and claimed that the FBI had uncovered a bribery scandal and had investigated officials in the Russian nuclear industry and the Clintons.

The report said that FBI had proof that these officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks and other dirty tactics to expand Moscow’s atomic energy footprint in the U.S. but that the Obama administration approved the uranium deal benefiting Moscow anyway. 

On Thursday morning, Trump tweeted, "Uranium deal to Russia, with Clinton help and Obama Administration knowledge, is the biggest story that Fake Media doesn't want to follow!"

He also tweeted a quote from "Fox & Friends" minutes later, and said that Russia "sent millions to Clinton Foundation."

On Wednesday, The Hill published a report by John Solomon and Alison Spann claiming that the FBI investigated the case before the Hillary Clinton-led State Department and Obama administration approved a 2010 deal giving Russia control of much of the U.S.’s uranium. 

Later in the day, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley vowed at a public hearing to “get to the bottom of this issue,” saying the committee had opened a fresh inquiry into the matter.

A report later stated that Grassley is seeking permission to interview the FBI informant who helped agents uncover the corruption. 

His lawyer Victoria Toensing was quoted in the report as saying that the informant was prevented from disclosing certain information to the courts and Congress after signing a non-disclosure statement and was threatened by Justice officials when he tried to reveal some information in a lawsuit last year.

The expose comes at a time when several ongoing investigations are already on into Trump's own dealings with Russia. 

Currently, the FBI's special counsel, Robert Mueller, as well as the House and Senate intelligence committees are examining Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether any Trump associates played a role - leading to a constant string of news reports.

Last year, on his campaign trail, Trump had claimed that the deal for uranium (an element needed for both nuclear power and weapons), had enriched the Clinton family because people with interest in the deal had donated to the Clintons' charity, the Clinton Foundation. 

However, Clinton has said that she was not personally involved in vetting the deal.

The report in The Hill quoted a person who worked on the case as saying, "The Russians were compromising American contractors in the nuclear industry with kickbacks and extortion threats, all of which raised legitimate national security concerns. And none of that evidence got aired before the Obama administration made those decisions."

Meanwhile, another report cited an American businessman, Solomon and Spann as saying that the Obama administration blocked him from testifying to Congress about "conversations and transactions he witnessed related to the Russian nuclear industry's efforts to win favor with Bill and Hillary Clinton and influence Obama administration decisions."

It was further revealed that the investigation was conducted under the leadership of Mueller, who was then the director of the FBI.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, Trump took another Twitter dig at the firm behind the controversial anti-Trump dossier, after Fusion GPS officials took the Fifth during an appearance on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

He said, “Workers of firm involved with the discredited and Fake Dossier take the 5th. Who paid for it, Russia, the FBI or the Dems (or all)?”

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