Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman John Barrasso yesterday requested documents related to the 2010 deal granting Russia control over some American uranium.
The Republican from Wyoming — the nation’s top uranium state — is conducting his own investigation into the Obama administration signing off on a Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corp. subsidiary taking control of Uranium One Inc., a Canadian firm with Wyoming operations.
Recent reporting revived the “scandal” that President Trump invokes to deflect criticism about his own Russian connections.
According to The Hill, Obama officials knew at the time of the deal that the FBI was probing a bribery racket that would lead to the 2015 conviction of a Kremlin-linked uranium executive (Greenwire, Oct. 26).
In 2011, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission assured Barrasso, an early critic of the deal, that Uranium One lacked an export license, but The Hill also found that uranium still wound up overseas since the company was “piggybacking” on the license of a shipping company.
In a letter to the NRC and Department of Energy, Barrasso wrote that “a key question” is “whether the Obama administration intentionally misled Congress on uranium exports.”
The letter requests all documents, including communications, about the sale of Uranium One, exports of its uranium and subsequent transfers between foreign countries.
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