In a blockbuster revelation, Victoria Toensing, the attorney for an FBI confidential witness, alleged that the Obama Department of Justice blocked her client from informing Congress that Russian executives told him how they facilitated the Obama administration’s 2010 approval of the Uranium One deal and transferred millions of dollars in Russian nuclear funds to an entity assisting Bill Clinton’s foundation.
As The Hill reports, those machinations allegedly occurred while Hillary Clinton was serving as Secretary of State on the government panel that approved the deal, according to Toensing, a former Reagan Justice Department official and former chief counsel of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Bill Clinton accepted $500,000 in Russian speaking fees in 2010, as The New York Timesreported in 2015; Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million to the Clinton Foundation.
Toensing wants the Trump Justice Department or the FBI to allow her client to be free of the nondisclosure agreement (NDA) he signed so he can reveal the corruption that took place. She stated, “All of the information about this corruption has not come out. And so my client, the same part of my client that made him go into the FBI in the first place, says, ‘This is wrong. What should I do about it?’”
Toensing said she has access to memos delineating how in 2016, the Justice Department threatened her client when he attempted to file a lawsuit. That suit would have illuminated the corruption that took place as well as aided her client in recovering funds the Russians stole from him through kickbacks during the FBI probe.
Toensing claimed her client witnessed “a lot of bribery going on around the U.S.” but the FBI had requested he sign an NDA so he could not come forth to Congress.
The Hill possesses emails in which a civil attorney working with the former undercover witness wrote to him, “The government was taking a very harsh position that threatened both your reputation and liberty,” as well as, “As you will recall the gov’t made serious threats sufficient to cause you to withdraw your civil complaint.”
Toensing said that her client is the same man who was identified as the unnamed American consultant who worked for the Russian nuclear energy giant Rosatom’s Tenex subsidiary on their efforts to increase Moscow’s uranium business inside the United States. Court records name the FBI informant as “confidential source 1,” the “contractor” and “Victim 1.”
Court records show the consultant contacted the FBI immediately after Russian officials asked him to engage in illegal activity in 2009.
As The Hill notes, “Toensing said her client can also testify that FBI agents made comments to him suggesting political pressure was exerted during the Justice Department probe of the Russia corruption case and that there was specific evidence that could have scuttled approval of the Uranium One deal if it became public.”
Toensing concluded, “There was corruption going on and it was never brought forward. And in fact, the sale of the uranium went on despite the government knowing about all of this corruption. So he’s coming forward. He wants the right thing to be done, but he cannot do it unless he is released from the NDA.”