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Congressman Matt Gaetz

Representing the 1st District of Florida

Congressman Matt Gaetz Responds to Uranium One Witness Testimony

February 8, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) today issued the following statement in response to the recent testimony of Uranium One informant William Campbell, provided on Wednesday to the Senate Judiciary Committee, House Intelligence Committee, and House Oversight Committee: 

“When former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama made the shocking decision in 2010 to sell nearly one-fifth of America’s uranium assets to Vladimir Putin’s regime, many Congressmen voiced their concern that the deal would harm national security. They were right. But at that time, they did not know that an FBI informant deep inside the Russian nuclear industry had already gathered evidence that Russian operatives compromised American uranium firms through bribery and corruption, as well as documents showing that Russian energy officials funneled millions of dollars into the Clinton Foundation, expecting their largesse to be rewarded with favorable treatment.

Congress was kept in the dark about these shady dealings because of a gag order the informant had signed with the DOJ. It is deeply concerning that the DOJ did not act on the information the informant had gathered; instead, under the supervision of Rod Rosenstein, it continued investigating for four more years, long after the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States approved the sale.

Under Attorney General Sessions, the Justice Department lifted the gag order on the informant in October 2017. Since then, Congress has eagerly awaited Mr. Campbell’s testimony. Yesterday’s statement seems to confirm our suspicions that donations made to the Clinton Foundation were a contributing factor in the State Department’s decision to approve the sale of American uranium assets to Russia. This ‘pay-for-play’ corruption is intolerable. I have called for an investigation into the Clinton Foundation for over six months, joined in my efforts by twenty members of the House Judiciary Committee. To sell out America’s national security for personal enrichment is the gravest possible wrongdoing. We must investigate these claims, and pursue those responsible to the full extent of the law,” Rep. Gaetz said.
 

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