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  1. Loretta Lynch implicated in Uranium One obstruction of Justice. Podesta email includes attachment of letter sent by Congress Grassley to Lynch demanding investigation and A.G. Lynch ignored and squashed the investigation. VIA ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION The Honorable Loretta Lynch Attorney General U.S. Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530 Dear Attorney General Lynch: On April 23, The New York Times reported on details regarding the Clinton Foundation’s ties to a number of investors involved in a business transaction that resulted in the acquisition of Uranium One, owner of U.S. based uranium assets, by Atomredmetzoloto (ARMZ), a subsidiary of Rosatom, a Russian government owned company. The transaction raised a number of national security concerns because it effectively ceded 20% of U.S. uranium production capacity to the Russian government. 1 Due to that foreign involvement, a review of the transaction was conducted by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), whose membership includes the Secretary of State and of which Treasury is the chair. In addition, during critical stages of the acquisition approval, interested parties made large donations – some in the millions of dollars – to the Clinton Foundation while Ms. Hillary Clinton held the position of Secretary of State. When millions of dollars flow to decision makers who have substantial discretion to provide support for or against approval of controversial transactions, public confidence in the integrity of the process requires a commitment to transparency and responsiveness to oversight inquiries. Clinton Foundation Accepts Multiple Donations from Interested Parties in Deal In light of the gravity of the decision to allow a Russian takeover of almost a quarter of U.S. uranium assets, it is in the public interest to determine the facts and circumstances of the transaction, including any potential donations that could have influenced the CFIUS review process. The purpose of CFIUS is to ensure that national security is not undermined by transactions that result in control of a U.S. business by a foreign person. The timing of donations to the Clinton Foundation raises the appearance of potential influence in CFIUS’s review process. According to The New York Times, in September 2005, Mr. Frank Giustra won a uranium deal in Kazakhstan for UrAsia, his company at the time.2 The deal was cut days after he visited the country with President Bill Clinton and after that deal in 2006, Mr. Giustra donated $31.3 million to the Clinton Foundation.3 UrAsia eventually merged with a South African company and became Uranium One. Reports further indicate that between 2008 and 2010, Uranium One and former UrAsia investors donated $8.65 million to the Clinton Foundation.4 During this period of time, Uranium One’s legal hold on the Kazakhstan-based uranium deposits was in doubt. Allegedly, Uranium One executives contacted U.S. Embassy officials in Kazakhstan to help ensure the validity of their mining licenses.5 According to The New York Times, the State Department cable explaining the circumstances was copied to Secretary Clinton, among other individuals.6 In 2009, when the validity of the mining licenses was at issue, the Chairman of Uranium One, Mr. Ian Telfer, donated $1 million to the Clinton Foundation via his family charity called the Fernwood Foundation. 7 In the same year, ARMZ acquired a 17% stake in Uranium One and the parties sought an initial CFIUS review. 8 In June 2010, Rosatom, via ARMZ, sought majority ownership in Uranium One. According to news reports, Mr. Telfer donated $250,000 to the Clinton Foundation during this crucial time.9 In total, Mr. Telfer donated over $2 million through 2013.10 In addition, in June 2010, President Clinton was paid $500,000 for a speech in Russia, funded by a Russian investment bank that assigned a buy rating to Uranium One stock and also reportedly had ties to the Kremlin.11 In October 2010, CFIUS approved Rosatom’s plan to acquire a controlling 51% stake and, in January 2013, Rosatom purchased all remaining Uranium One shares. 12 If the news reports are true, Secretary Clinton’s involvement in the decision-making process needs to be more closely examined given that the Clinton Foundation was accepting donations from parties who had a stake in the outcome of the uranium deal. Similar Deals Denied by CFIUS In contrast to the Rosatom deal, similar transactions have been scuttled by CFIUS. For example, in December 2009, Northwest Nonferrous International Investment Corp, a subsidiary of China’s largest aluminum producer, attempted to acquire a U.S. based mining company.13 Reportedly, Treasury objected to the acquisition because the U.S. company, Firstgold, owned property near U.S. military bases.14 In June 2010, a Chinese company withdrew its proposed acquisition of a fiber optic and solar panel company, Emcore, due to regulatory concerns.15 In another acquisition, a Chinese firm invested in Ralls Corp., operator of a wind farm project.16 CFIUS initiated contact with Ralls, reviewed the acquisition and recommended that Ralls cease operations until the investigation was completed due to concerns the US Navy had regarding the placement of wind turbines near or within restricted drone testing airspace.17 Eventually, President Obama issued an executive order requiring Ralls to divest itself of the wind farm project due to a determined threat to national security.18 It is clear that some potential acquisitions have caused substantial concern within the upper echelons of government to such a degree that the acquisition was denied. Indeed, Secretary Clinton shares a concern about foreign governments, such as China, acquiring U.S. tech firms and was recently quoted by C-SPAN: A lot of foreign companies particularly Chinese companies, but not exclusively, are looking to buy American companies, particularly with advanced technology. And, it’s very unfortunate.19 Here, a Russian government controlled company was able to acquire 20% of U.S. uranium production capacity, yet the transaction was approved – and apparently approved in record speed. According to a letter sent by Uranium One to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Uranium One and ARMZ jointly filed notice with CFIUS in the first week of August 2010 regarding the transaction.20 In return, on October 22, 2010, CFIUS informed Uranium One and ARMZ that “there were no unresolved national security concerns regarding these transactions under Section 721 of the Defense Production Act of 1950, as amended.”21 The amount of time between filing and final resolution is less than the 75-90 day review that, according to statute, is generally the timeline.22 It is unclear why this uranium deal was approved when other deals with similar national security implications were not. Conflicts of Interest The facts and circumstances of this matter raise a number of important questions regarding possible conflicts of interest and potential quid pro quos. According to the Office of Government Ethics, federal law requires executive branch employees be disqualified from matters that have a direct and predictable effect on the employee’s own financial interests or if persons or organizations with which the employee is affiliated, such as a spouse, have a financial interest, unless the employee first obtains an individual waiver or a regulatory exemption applies. 23 Notably, the Clinton Foundation includes the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative which, according to the memorandum of understanding between the Clinton Foundation and Obama Administration, “…works with the mining industry, local and national governments, and other non-governmental organizations to enable sustainable growth in countries where the mining sector plays a significant role.” 24 The risk of conflicts with Secretary Clinton at State was so great that the Clinton Foundation and the Obama Administration entered into a memorandum of understanding which, in part, required donations to be disclosed. However, millions of dollars in donations to the Clinton Foundation from executives with an interest in the Uranium One/ARMZ transaction were not disclosed, breaching the agreement. 25 Accordingly, please answer the following: 1. What role did the Department of Justice play in the Uranium One/ARMZ transaction? Please explain in detail. 2. Please list the Department of Justice personnel that were involved in the Uranium One/ARMZ transaction. 3. Did Secretary Clinton’s relationship with the Clinton Foundation require her to recuse herself from the CFIUS’s review of the Uranium One/ARMZ transaction? If so, did she recuse herself? If the relationship did not require recusal, please explain why not. 4. Was Attorney General Holder briefed by Department of Justice personnel regarding the Uranium One/ARMZ transaction? If so, by whom and how many times? If not, why not? Please number your responses according to their corresponding questions. Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this request. Please respond no later than July 16, 2015. If you have questions, contact Josh Flynn-Brown of my Committee staff at (202) 224-5225. Sincerely, Charles E. Grassley Source
  2. New York City's Board of Elections will acknowledge it broke the law and be making serious changes in its practices, according to the proposed settlement of a legal fight over the purge of more than 200,000 voters from city rolls. After many Brooklyn residents arrived at the polls during last year's presidential primary to learn they were deemed ineligible to vote, the good government group Common Cause New York filed suit. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney's office joined the litigation. But rather than slug it out in Brooklyn federal court, the sides have been working on a settlement for months. Now, a proposed pact slated for filing Wednesday would mandate reforms in the city election agency. NY Daily News
  3. The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) helped fund research that resulted in a now-famous dossier containing allegations about Donald Trump’s connections to Russia and possible coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin, people familiar with the matter said. Marc Elias, a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC, retained Fusion GPS, a Washington, D.C., firm, to conduct the research. Fusion GPS hired dossier author Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer with ties to the FBI and the U.S. intelligence community. Elias and his law firm, Seattle-based Perkins Coie, retained the firm in April 2016 on behalf of the Clinton campaign and the DNC. Before that agreement, Fusion GPS’ research into Trump was funded by a still unknown Republican client during the GOP primary. The Clinton campaign and the DNC, through the law firm, continued to fund Fusion GPS’ research through the end of October 2016, days before Election Day. When the Republican donor stopped paying for the research, Elias, acting on behalf of the Clinton campaign and the DNC, agreed to pay for the work to continue. Seattle Times
  4. House Republicans on Tuesday launched new probes into several Obama-era controversies, covering both the Justice Department’s 2016 handling of the Clinton email case and the administration’s 2010 approval for the sale of a mining company that gave the Russians partial control over American uranium reserves. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., announced his committee and the House Oversight Committee will investigate the so-called Uranium One deal. “We’re not going to jump to any conclusions, but we’re going to try and get the facts,” Nunes said. Separately, the House oversight and judiciary committees announced a joint investigation into the Justice Department and FBI’s handling of the Clinton email probe. The Hill reported, however, that the FBI had evidence as early as 2009 that Russian operatives used bribes, kickbacks and other dirty tactics to expand Moscow’s atomic energy footprint in the U.S., related to a subsidiary of the same Russia firm. Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill quickly started asking questions about how the deal was approved the following year by an inter-agency committee.
  5. Soros Transfers $18 BILLION To His Open Society Foundations

    This is on the radar of law enforcement... I have a bad feeling though especially with the lack of Vegas info.
  6. FBI caught red-handed in a cover-up to help Clinton-Obama-Lynch (Video)

    Look at the Mueller story that just dropped... wow!
  7. Robert Mueller’s complex financial entanglements include investments linked to George Soros and Russia. During Mueller’s tenure at the FBI, high profile cases of financial wrongdoing within hedge funds that he invested in were ignored by federal law enforcement. An Offended America investigation has revealed that Robert Mueller’s holdings in a fund of funds expose him to Russian investments and to hedge funds tied to George Soros. Mueller’s exclusive hedge funds were not open to the general public, but rather wealthy private accredited investors. The minimum investment in several of the funds is $10 Million. Mueller’s Russian Financial Interests Mueller has been an investor in Mellon Optima L/S Strategy Fund, LLC for many years, according to his financial disclosures. That fund consists of holdings of other hedge funds in a structure commonly referred to as a “fund of funds”. According to 2017 SEC Filings, one of the funds held by the Mellon Optima L/S Strategy Fund is the OCCO Eastern European Fund, run by Charlemagne Capital. The fund released a performance overview on August 31st that said in part: “August was a relatively quiet month for markets and a strong one for the portfolio. The NAV gained 142 bps over the month. Russia was again the main driver with supportive contributions from other markets.” Mueller Benefited From Ponzi Schemes Another hedge fund that Robert Mueller disclosed owning was Defenders Multi-Strategy Hedge Fund, LLC. This hedge fund wass run by William P. Sauer, who has been sued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for running two separate Ponzi Schemes. Sauer ultimately settled the lawsuits for $5 million. This hedge fund did business under 4 different names during its 9 years of existence. 1. 2002‐2004: Ivy Multi‐Strategy Hedge Fund LLC 2. 2004‐2009: BNY Ivy Multi‐Strategy Hedge Fund LLC 3. 2009‐2010: Defenders Multi‐Strategy Hedge Fund LLC 4. 2010‐2011: Ivy Asset Management LLC More Here: Offended America
  8. NFL game or Hillary Book signing?

    Something that you won't see on the MSM news... it is affecting their bottom line. Only a matter of time.
  9. Under the cover of a farm lab, it is claimed North Korean chemists could be weaponising some the world’s deadliest diseases such as smallpox, Black Death and cholera which could lay waste to millions of people if an epidemic was sparked. Radio Free Asia cited a report released by Belfer Centre of Harvard University’s Kennedy School, which says the rogue state already has biological weapons. And it is feared that North Korea has the industrial facilities to mass produce them, flouting a UN ban on the doomsday weapons. The chilling report states that the highly infectious diseases could be spread via a missile, drones, planes and sprayers. North Korea's 200,000 special forces could also unleash the bio-weapons. The report states: “While nuclear programs can be monitored by the number of nuclear tests and the success of missile tests, weaponise and cultivating pathogens can stay invisible behind closed doors. “Moreover, equipment used for BW production are often dual-use for agriculture, making external monitoring and verification virtually impossible.” The Sun
  10. We now know, thanks to an investigation by The Hill, that the Russian scandal's roots go far deeper than first thought, extending all the way to the start of the Obama administration. Many people seemed to know about it: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Attorney General Eric Holder and, even, President Obama himself. Now, a Senate committee wants to know how much they knew, and why no one stopped the criminal behavior. The scandal over Russia has suddenly, weirdly morphed from being about "Russian meddling" in the 2016 election to actual criminal behavior by Russian nuclear industry officials who were involved in bribes, extortion, kickbacks and money laundering here in the U.S. — all part of Russian leader Vladimir Putin's efforts to elbow his way into the U.S. uranium market. It's finally dawning on people: The Russian nuclear racketeering was an Obama administration scandal, which Congress ignored and the Justice Department investigated but did nothing to stop. Justice looked into the Russian crimes in 2009 and 2010, but waited until 2014 to do anything about it. And even then, it didn't answer any of the larger questions. It can't be ignored any longer. Investors
  11. But it is so hard for Dems to let new potential voters go...
  12. JFK Unclassified via Trump

    What do you think the distraction is?


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