US House Intel Committee Announces Inquiry Into Obama-Era Russian Uranium Deal

© AP Photo / J. Scott ApplewhiteHouse Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. gives reporters an update about the ongoing Russia investigation adding that President Donald Trump's campaign communications may have been "monitored" during the transition period as part of an "incidental collection," Wednesday, March 22, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. gives reporters an update about the ongoing Russia investigation adding that President Donald Trump's campaign communications may have been monitored during the transition period as part of an incidental collection, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. - Sputnik International
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The chairman of the US House intelligence committee has described the move as "just the beginning."

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes told reporters on Tuesday that they are launching a probe of the Russian uranium deal, dating back to the presidency of Barack Obama.

"What we are going to announce today is [an] inquiry of Russia into the Uranium deal that was several years ago," Nunes stated, adding that "this is just the beginning of this probe."

Nunes has explained that the lawmakers were concerned why the Congress was not informed the 2010 Russian deal involving US uranium. The strategic uranium deal was approved by a committee made up of representatives of US government agencies, including the State Department, then headed by Hillary Clinton.

During the 2016 election campaign, Donald Trump claimed that Hillary Clinton might have indirectly benefit for not opposing the transition of Uranium One under the control of the Russian state corporation Rosatom. In particular, the current US president accused the former sectetary of state of being giving Russia 20 percent of US uranium.

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According to an April 2015 New York Times article, the family foundation of Uranium One's chairman allegedlymade over $2 million in undisclosed donations to the Clinton Foundation. The Canadian uranium mining company, which controls 20 percent of all production capacity in the United States, was acquired by a subsidiary of Russia's state nuclear corporation Rosatom in three separate transactions between 2009 and 2013. Clinton has refuted the claim that she helped support the donors' interests.

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Uranium One is one of the world's largest uranium mining companies. It is registered in Canada and has a globally diversified portfolio of international assets in Kazakhstan, the United States and Australia. Rosatom through its affiliated structures owns 100% of the shares of Uranium One. According to The Hill, the controversial deal that made Rosatom one of the world's largest uranium producers, was inked despite substantial evidence obtained by the FBI during the probe. 

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