Fox’s Lou Dobbs has reported (Jan 14) that President Trump plans to declassify a large number of documents related to the Russia collusion allegations and Hillary Clinton’s involvement. For those who are unsure what this is about, I have laid out a brief explainer below. Again, this is only intended as an introduction. There is a lot more information out there, and I suggest you do more research of your own.
[Please noted, the tweet below contains a video which for some reason isn’t being embedded in the blog. You can click through to Twitter to watch it.]
Obamagate Uncovered: @JSolomonReports says that sweeping declassification of Obamagate documents includes surveillance of President Trump, his campaign and Christopher Steele’s debriefing reports #MAGA #AmericaFirst #Dobbs pic.twitter.com/Ct7AghkNra— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) January 14, 2021
The Steele Dossier and Fusion GPS Explained
You may recall that President Trump was impeached the first time around on allegations that he had hampered an investigation into allegations that he had colluded with Russia in order to win his Presidency. Needless to say, the charges were dropped because there was no need for him to obstruct the investigation. It had long since become clear that President Putin did not manipulate the American public to get Trump elected.
The whole plot was based upon a fake document called the Steele Dossier.
The Steele dossier is a 35 page collection of research memos written by Christopher Steele, a former British Intelligence agent, alleging a conspiracy between Donald Trump and Russia to sway the 2016 Presidential election in Trump’s favour. The dossier claimed there was communication between servers in Trump Tower and Alfa Bank in Russia, among other things. This information was not true.
The memos were compiled into the dossier by a company called Fusion GPS. They bill themselves as a commercial ‘intelligence firm’ based in Washington D.C. They ‘provide’ (their word) research and strategic advice for political inquiries, such as opposition research. The “GPS” stands for “Global research, Political analysis, Strategic insight.”
According to the New York Times: “After Mr. Trump secured the nomination, Fusion GPS was hired on behalf of Mrs. Clinton’s campaign and the DNC [Democratic National Convention] by their law firm, Perkins Coie, to compile research about Mr. Trump, his businesses and associates — including possible connections with Russia. It was at that point that Fusion GPS hired Mr. Steele, who has deep sourcing in Russia, to gather information.”
In 2017, Perkins Coie acknowledged that the DNC funded the debunked dossier, after Rep. Devin Nunes of California, the most senior Republican on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, subpoenaed their bank records. So in actuality, it was the Clinton campaign, not Trump, who collaborated with the Russians in a desperate, and ultimately failed, attempt to steal the election.
This prompted a lawsuit in 2018 alleging that Hillary Clinton’s campaign broke election laws with the dossier. According to The Washington Times, “though not stated outright, the lawsuit argues that Democrats violated an admonition issued […] by Federal Election Commission Chairman Ellen L. Weintraub [who] decreed that political campaigns cannot accept “anything of value” from foreign nationals.” It named Christopher Steele, the Clinton campaign, the DNC, and Perkins Coie as respondents.
On May 17, 2017, Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller was instructed to investigate the affair. Twenty-two months later, on March 22, 2019, Mueller sent his ‘Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election’ (commonly known as the Mueller Report) to the Justice Department.
At the time of the appointment he was praised by both the Democrats and the Republicans as being impartial and just. The mainstream media also lifted Mueller up as a sort of angelic bringer-of-justice. That he was lauded in this way illustrates how politicians and the media collude to keep the public in the dark, because, in truth, he is nothing of the sort.
Mueller eventually found no conspiracy, but it is important to note here that he knew within months of his investigation that the conspiracy was unmerited. In fact, the mainstream perpetuated the Russian collusion hoax hysteria even as Mueller himself had sufficient evidence that the whole thing was a farce.
In the wake of the release of Mueller’s report, there were indications that prosecutors knew by the end of 2017 that Trump was not collaborating with Russia. Mueller clearly spent a lot of time on Volume Two of his report — which makes a case that Trump obstructed justice — but on the most explosive and consequential allegation in the Trump / Russia affair, the Mueller investigation was essentially over long before it officially ended.
“By early December 2017, [Mueller] had exhausted all of the evidence and the witnesses,” said John Dowd, Trump’s lawyer for the first 10 months of the investigation. After the public knew of the debunked collusion attempt, the New York Times and other mainstream news outlets attempted to disassociate themselves from the fake news stories.
President Trump said of the Mueller report, in April 2019: “It was an illegal investigation, it was started illegally. Everything about it was crooked. […] There were dirty cops. These were bad people. […] This was an attempted coup, this was an attempted take down of a President.”
So does that mean there are no illicit links between the Russian and American governments? Unfortunately, no. There has, and continues to be collusion between players in Russia and the US, but the corrupt elements were never linked to Trump. Rather, it was the Clinton campaign which held and maintained links to Russia. They were merely trying to cover their tracks by casting aspersions on Trump — in my previous blog in this series I detailed how this tactic of blaming the Soviets to create a smoke screen for American wrongdoing goes back decades. Seen in this light, it’s clear who the real crooked politicians were.
Hillary was never supposed to lose the Presidential election. That she did, has opened the whole corrupt network up to exposure. The Russia collaboration story was nothing more than a scam, cartel bosses attempting to take the Oval Office and obstruct their crimes from being exposed, aided and abetted by the media, and landing the taxpayer with a 30 million dollar bill in the process.
On June 8, 2010, Rosatom, Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation, announced a $1.3 billion bid for a majority stake in Canada’s Uranium One, a Canadian uranium mining company with headquarters in Toronto, Ontario. Its assets included 20 percent of American reserves of uranium, the main ingredient in atomic bombs. Rosatom had already been buying up stock in the company since 2009.
By January 2013, according to Russia Today, Rosatom had paid almost $2.8 billion for 48.6% of Uranium One Inc, a price which RT said was “30% above market price to take over completely the Canadian uranium producer.”
The New York Times reported of the deal that it “made Rosatom one of the world’s largest uranium producers and brought Mr. Putin closer to his goal of controlling much of the global uranium supply chain.”
However, as uranium is considered a strategic asset, the deal had to be cleared by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). The committee primarily comprises the heads of nine governmental departments.
Among those is the U.S. State Department, which was, at the time, led by none other than one Hillary Rodham Clinton. Also on the committee was Attorney General Eric Holder, who at the time headed up the Department of Justice (DOJ). That department’s lead agency is the FBI.
In addition to the nine departments and some White House departments, the Director of National Intelligence also serves on CFIUS as a non-voting, ex-officio member, according to the US Treasury’s website. At the time, the Director of National Intelligence was James R. Clapper (serving August 5, 2010 – January 20, 2017).
As Director, Clapper’s role was to serve as head of the seventeen-member United States Intelligence Community, and as an advisor to the President. He also had responsibility for directing and overseeing the National Intelligence Program. The Intelligence Branch, a division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), is one of the seventeen agencies under his remit.
At the time the Rosatom takeover of Uranium One was going through, the FBI was actively investigating Rosatom’s ongoing U.S. based racketeering, extortion, and money-laundering schemes and therefore must have been aware that the deal was not in America’s interests.
FBI and court documents show that, in 2009, Federal Agents were already tracking illicit payments made by a U.S. informer to a subsidiary of Rosatom, and were therefore already aware that the Russian nuclear giant was engaging in illegal practices on American soil in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
The corruption case centers around Vadim Mikerin, Russia’s main contact overseeing Putin’s nuclear expansion inside the United States. Mikerin had been running the Rosatom subsidiary Tenex in Moscow since the early 2000s, but in 2010 was granted a visa by the Obama administration to establish a USA-based arm: Tenam USA.
His activities in this role constituted a serious national security breach as he used his position to run a racketeering scheme.
“As part of the scheme, Mikerin, with the consent of higher level officials at Tenex and Rosatom (both Russian state-owned entities) would offer no-bid contracts to US businesses in exchange for kickbacks in the form of money payments made to some offshore banks accounts. Mikerin apparently then shared the proceeds with other co-conspirators associated with Tenex in Russia and elsewhere,” FBI Agent David Gadren later testified, according to The Hill.
As part of his activities, Mikerin gave a contract to an American trucking firm called Transport Logistics International which held the sensitive job of transporting Russia’s uranium around the United States, in return for more than $2 million in kickbacks from some of its executives.
The kickbacks from that deal and others were laundered through shell companies and secret offshore accounts. As The Washington Times noted, on November 14, 2017: “The American companies that participated in this criminal extortion scheme not only compromised their integrity but made themselves subject to Russian blackmail, potentially compromising our national security.”
His scheme was undone by an American nuclear executive, Douglas Campbell, who became nervous and turned FBI informant. With the knowledge of the Bureau, he began making kickback payments under Mikerin’s direction, recorded by the FBI, as well as collecting information. The first payment was dated November 27, 2009.
This was not the only compromising aspect of the deal. At the same time as the deal was going through, Hillary and Bill Clinton’s ‘Clinton Foundation,’ ostensibly a charitable trust, was cultivating links with Russia.
Shortly after Rosatom announced their intentions to take control of Uranium One, Bill Clinton was paid $500,000 by a Russian investment bank with Kremlin links that was promoting Uranium One stock, in exchange for giving a speech in Moscow, the New York Times reported.
And during the time the Russians were gradually seizing control of the Canadian company, between 2019 and 2013, the chairman of Uranium One made four donations to the Clinton Foundation totalling $2.35 million.
Author Peter Schweizer, in his book Clinton Cash, calculates that before, during, and after CFIUS’s review of the deal, “shareholders involved in this transaction had transferred approximately $145 million to the Clinton Foundation or its initiatives,” according to the National Review.
Commenting on these events, Trump stated: “That’s your real Russia story. Not a story where they talk about collusion and there was none. It was a hoax. Your real Russia story is uranium.”
The FBI’s Complicity
The FBI is America’s domestic intelligence and security service, analogous to MI5 in the UK or Russia’s Federal Security Service, which succeeded the KGB. According to its website, it employs some 30,000 agents, analysts and other professionals who are tasked with protecting the U.S. from terrorism, espionage, cyber attacks, and major criminal threats. Although it is primarily a domestic agency, it also maintains staff in 60 Legal Attaché (LEGAT) offices and 15 sub-offices in U.S. embassies and consulates across the globe. Their core mission, according to the agency, is to establish and maintain liaison with principal law enforcement and security services in designated foreign countries.
In its capacity as an intelligence gatherer, the Bureau, and in particular it’s director, therefore has a clear duty to warn the legislation and presidential branches of government of any wrongdoing that could harm the state.
The FBI had ample opportunity to warn CFIUS that the Uranium One deal was bad for America. As detailed above, it was linked to the committee in two ways: both through Attorney General Eric Holder, and through Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Yet the deal was cleared regardless.
As we have seen, by early 2010, when the Uranium One deal came into play, the FBI already had enough evidence to prove a case of racketeering and money laundering against Mikerin, and were aware that Russian officials were cultivating relationships with the Clintons.
Yet it wasn’t until 2014 that Mikerin and executives at Transport Logistics International were arrested and charged. Mikerin’s scheme ran between 2004 and 2014, but when it finally came to court it comprised of a single charge of money laundering, and although there was clear evidence of wrongdoing since at least 2009, federal prosecutors only cited a handful of transactions which took place in 2011 and 2012, long after the Uranium One deal had been approved by CFIUS, according to the report by The Hill.
The court case also failed to bring to light conversations witnessed by the FBI informant which linked Russian nuclear officials to the Clintons. This despite agents collecting documents proving that millions of dollars had been transferred from Russia’s nuclear industry to an American entity which had donated to the Clinton Foundation.
When Mikerin was convicted, receiving a 48 month sentence and a fine of over $2.1 million, little fanfare was made of it. Consequently, many officials were unaware of the affair.
The full extent of the FBI’s complacency in failing to sound alarm bells was laid bare in 2018, when the FBI informant, Douglas Campbell, made a written statement to three congressional committees. Among his allegations was the charge that Russian nuclear executives hired an American lobbying firm, APCO Worldwide, specifically because it was able to influence Hillary Clinton.
Russian nuclear officials “told me [i.e. Campbell] at various times that they expected APCO to apply a portion of the $3 million annual lobbying fee it was receiving from the Russians to provide in-kind support for the Clintons’ Global Initiative,” the statement read, according to The Hill.
He continued: “The contract called for four payments of $750,000 over twelve months. APCO was expected to give assistance free of charge to the Clinton Global Initiative as part of their effort to create a favourable environment to ensure the Obama administration made affirmative decisions on everything from Uranium One to the U.S.-Russia Civilian Nuclear Cooperation agreement.”
Campbell was also able to provide proof that the FBI had concerns over the Uranium One deal. He claimed that he handed the FBI evidence of Rosatom’s malfeasance months before the Obama Administration made a series of decisions in the Russian company’s favour, including the CFIUS sign-off.
“The emails and documents I intercepted during 2010 made clear that Rosatom’s purchase of Uranium One — for both its Kazakh and American assets — was part of Russia’s geopolitical strategy to gain leverage in global energy markets,” he testified. “I obtained documentary proof that Tenex was helping Rosatom win CFIUS approval, including an October 6, 2010 email … asking me specifically to help overcome opposition to the Uranium One deal.”
Astonishingly, Campbell’s undercover work also uncovered Russian collusion with Iran on nuclear matters. One of the pieces of evidence he handed to Congress was a memo addressed to the FBI dated April 16, 2010.
“Tenex continues to supply Iran fuel through their Russian company,” he informed his handlers, adding: “They continue to assist with construction consult [sic] and fabricated assemblies to supply the reactor. Fabricated assemblies require sophisticated engineering and are arranged inside the reactor with the help and consult [of Russians]. The final fabricators to Iran are being flown by Russian air transport due to the sensitive nature of the equipment.”
Campbell told lawmakers he gave the FBI “documentary proof that officials in Moscow were obtaining restricted copies of IAEA compliance reports on Iranian nuclear inspections, a discovery that appeared to deeply concern my handlers.”
“My FBI handlers praised my work,” he added. “They told me on various occasions that details from the undercover probe had been briefed directly to FBI top officials. On two occasions my handlers were particularly excited, claiming that my undercover work had been briefed to President Obama as part of his daily presidential briefing.”
Despite this wealth of evidence that the FBI knew exactly what Russia was up to, American officials appear to have been kept largely in the dark. Ronald Hosko, who was assistant FBI director with the portfolio for criminal cases at the time of the investigation, told The Hill “I had no idea this case was being conducted,” claiming that he did not recall ever having been briefed on the case by counter-intelligence agents.
Similarly, former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chair of the House Intelligence Committee during the time the FBI investigation was underway, told The Hill that he was never given any information on the corruption case, despite many in congress holding serious concerns over the Uranium One deal.
“Not providing information on a corruption scheme before the Russian Uranium deal was approved by U.S. regulators and engaging the appropriate congressional committees has served to undermine U.S. national security interests by the very people charged with protecting them,” he said.
However, when we look at the people in charge of decision-making within the FBI at the time of the investigation, the motive to withhold briefings becomes a little clearer.
Between September 4, 2001 and September 4, 2013, a span of time covering the whole Uranium One deal, the FBI was under the direction of none other than Robert Mueller — of ‘Mueller Report’ fame.
His lead investigators into the Rosatom affair were the then-Assistant FBI Director Andrew McCabe, and then-U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein. The special prosecutors instructed by the Justice Department to investigate “certain issues” pertaining to the Uranium One deal also reported to Rosenstein. Rosentein must therefore have been aware of the wrongdoing underlying the Uranium One deal.
It is surely no coincidence that Mueller’s investigators into alleged Russian involvement in the Presidential election also reported to Rosenstein.
Not only that, The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications targeting former Trump campaign associate Carter Page under the investigation into collusion between Trump and Russia were signed off by — you’ve guessed it — Rosenstein.
When Rosenstein testified in a House hearing on potential abuses by the DOJ and FBI within their investigation of Trump, he was forced to admit to Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) that he had never read the application before signing off on in.
Gohmert was reportedly disturbed by this, telling Rosenstein: “Well, telling you, being a former felony state judge, if I had somebody like you come before me and now it was revealed later that the guy that signed and approved an application for a warrant had not even read the application that would allow spying on somebody, I would look at everything he signed from then on with a jaundiced eye. And, I’m telling you, I was a little concerned.”
Adding this information to that in my previous two blog posts in this series, it should be abundantly obvious by now that the American establishment has for many years been engaged in provoking global conflicts and creating chaos worldwide by aiding and abetting the enemies of freedom (Henry Ford supplied armoured trucks to Nazi Germany; Obama gave Iran money to pursue nuclear weapons). Why? Put simply: for money and power.
They have been doing the same at home too: pitting blacks against whites, rich against poor, women against men. They want us in a state of permanent outrage directed at that group over there. But all the time we are fighting needlessly amongst ourselves, they are reaping the rich material rewards. It is time to stop. It is time to understand that when we unite together, we can put an end to the needless war and bloodshed. It’s time to reclaim our freedom from the destructive paradigm they have created for us.