The FBI has released an informant from his confidentiality agreement, allowing him to testify to Congress about his knowledge of an effort by the Russian nuclear industry to get favorable deals during Barack Obama's presidency.
The Hill reported Wednesday night that Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores had confirmed that the informant had been released from his non-disclosure agreement.
"As of tonight, the Department of Justice has authorized the informant to disclose to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, as well as one member of each of their staffs, any information or documents he has concerning alleged corruption or bribery involving transactions in the uranium market, including but not limited to anything related to Vadim Mikerin, Rosatom, Tenex, Uranium One, or the Clinton Foundation," the spokeswoman said.
The informant's undercover activities have helped bring convictions of the top Russian nuclear executive in the United States, a Russian financier in New Jersey and the leader of an American uranium trucking company in a bribery/money laundering scheme. But the confidentiality agreement prevented him from telling Congress what he knows.
"The FBI has informed me that they are releasing my client from his NDA so that he can testify to Congress about his work uncovering the Russian nuclear bribery case and the efforts he witnessed by Moscow to gain influence with the Clintons in hopes of winning favorable uranium decisions from the Obama administration," the informant's lawyer, Victoria Toensing, told The Hill.
"He is now able and willing to talk with the congressional committees seeking his testimony, though I will be working with all parties to ensure his identity remains confidential to ensure his safety," she said.
Republicans in Congress have been interested in finding out what happened since 2015, when it was first reported that former President Bill Clinton was paid $500,000 by a Russian bank for a speech, in addition to donations sent to the Clinton Foundation charity while his wife, Hillary Clinton, was secretary of state.
The donations raised red flags among many congressional Republicans at the time, but the Obama administration said it saw no reason to block the deals, which gave Russian President Vladimir Putin control of 20 percent of the U.S. uranium stockpile. No evidence was reported that Clinton was influenced by the donations or her husband's speaking fee.
Uranium One has come back into the spotlight after a series of articles in The Hill that the FBI had gathered information on the bribery scheme that its informant was involved in before the decisions were made to grant Russia control over American uranium.
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