WASHINGTON- House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) on Tuesday said Congress will investigate reports of a bribery scandal connected to an Obama-era uranium deal with Russia.
“What we’re here today to announce is an inquiry into Russia’s involvement into the uranium deal that was done several years ago,” Nunes said at a news conference in which he was joined by intelligence subcommittee chair Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) and House Oversight subcommittee chair Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.).
“This is just the beginning of this probe. We’re not going to jump to any conclusions at this time,” Nunes added.
Nunes explained that the investigation would in part focus on whether the FBI and the Department of Justice had investigated the matter. He said if both agencies did conduct an investigation lawmakers would like to know why they had not been informed.
The Hill last week reported that the FBI had uncovered evidence suggesting Russian entities had bribed interested parties prior to the Clinton State Department and other agencies approving a 2010 contract that allowed the Canadian mining company Uranium One to sell uranium deposits to the Russian state-owned nuclear company ROSATOM.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) at a hearing last week asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions if DOJ is reviewing the bribery allegations.
Sessions told Grassley that DOJ will consider reviewing the matter.
Hillary Clinton in a Monday interview with C-SPAN dismissed recent reports about the scandal as a part of a Republican witch hunt.
“I would say it’s the same baloney they’ve been peddling for years, and there’s been no credible evidence by anyone. In fact, it’s been debunked repeatedly and will continue to be debunked,” she said.