“There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.”
Sometime relatively recently, a man named Dennis Nathan Cain stumbled upon some troubling documents while working under an FBI contractor. The documents were related to the Clinton Foundation and an international energy deal known as Uranium One, wherein Russian oligarchs gained control of roughly 1/5 of U.S. uranium deposits; a troubling fact in itself when one considers that uranium is the primary ingredient of nuclear weaponry.
The documents reportedly showed evidence of criminal activity by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, her ‘charitable organization’ known as the Clinton Foundation, and a Russian energy giant named Rosatom, who would ultimately purchase Uranium One.
What’s worse, the documents reportedly demonstrate then-FBI director Robert Mueller’s failure to act against clearly illegal conduct pertaining to Rosatom and many other “Russian government entities” related to Uranium One. Though Mueller is an American official with no jurisdiction within Russia, he’s never allowed this technicality to stop his work in the past, as I’m sure you’ll remember the myriad Russian intelligence officers he proudly indicted several months ago for their part in “hacking our democracy.” His concern for Russia meddling in American affairs is a selective one, to be sure.
Mr. Cain’s handling of these documents was something out of a movie. He went to a local church, fully disguised in hoodie and sunglasses, made himself comfortable in an uncrowded pew and waited for a senior member of Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s office to arrive.
Upon arrival of his OIG whistleblowing shepherd, Cain handed over a double-sealed envelope containing a flash drive and the aforementioned documents, the destination being the office of the Inspector General then-President Barack Obama had done everything in his power to neuter.
In handing over this information, Cain hadn’t broken any laws pertaining to classified information, unlike the Secretary of State for whom the documents would almost certainly prove problematic. Rather, whistleblower protections enacted by none other than the United States Congress ensured that he was following the law to a tee.
The law protects whistleblowers who are government contractors and requires the IG to share any information it receives about wrongdoing with the attorney general, who at the time was the ever-useful Keebler Jeff Sessions.
Alas, Cain’s disclosures seemed to fall on deaf ears, or at least ones refusing to hear what he had to say. No overt measures were taken in response, the Uranium One deal went through without a hitch and Secretary Clinton’s ascension to the presidency seemed all but inevitable.
Not one to make waves, Mr. Cain never pushed the issue further, declining to so much as alert a local news station regarding the corruption seemingly swept under the rug before his very eyes. This did deal with potentially classified subject matter, after all, so perhaps this was a matter best left to the professionals.
Fast forward to November 19, 2018, and Mr. Cain received a lesson in just how dangerous dealing with ‘professionals’ can be.
No fewer than 16 FBI agents spent six hours raiding Cain’s home, declaredly looking for “stolen federal property.” Since Cain had given the IG office the documents, who then personally hand-delivered them to both House and Senate intelligence committees as dictated by protocol, the feds had probably cause to believe that Cain either had copies of the information at his home or, even worse in their eyes, other undeclared classified documents.
That’s how they were able to attain a search warrant from U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephanie Gallagher. A former Obama nominee for District Judge, Gallagher’s nomination was recently voted out of committee and now awaits confirmation from the Turtle McConnell-led Senate.
Cain indeed had copies of the documents in question, which he promptly handed over to FBI agents on his porch; a predictably insufficient offering for the bloodhounds who’d been sent to ravage his property.
A special agent from the FBI’s Baltimore division was positive Cain had stolen federal property and demanded to be let into the house. Cain let the agent know that he was protected under the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act and that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz recognized his whistleblower status. He also made the agent aware that he had submitted the classified information to the Senate and House Intelligence committees. At that point the special agent in charge of the sting directed his 16 goons to begin a sweep Cain’s property.
“After asking and getting my approval to do so, DOJ IG Michael Horowitz had a member of his staff physically take Mr. Cain’s classified document disclosure to the House and Senate Intelligence committees,” said Cain’s lawyer, Michael Socarras. “For the bureau to show up at Mr. Cain’s home suggesting that those same documents are stolen federal property, and then proceed to seize copies of the same documents after being told at the house door that he is a legally protected whistleblower who gave them to Congress, is an outrageous disregard of the law.”
This act was indeed outrageous. Had Cain been someone who’d been caught illegally sharing classified information, a sweep of his home would be justified under law and basic common sense. If a person has mishandled one piece of classified information, then it stands to reason that there could be more at said violator’s personal residence.
However, to treat a legal whistleblower as someone who’s provided probable cause to perform a 6-hour search by 16 FBI agents is completely beyond the pale and reveals fear on behalf of the bureau of what else Mr. Cain may have stumbled upon over the course of his contracting work.
As outrageous as this behavior is, though, it’s not the first time a Uranium One informant has been treated as an enemy of the state.
Campbell proved to be such an effective informant that our very own Department of Justice, then led by Loretta Lynch, issued a gag order that prevented him from testifying before the U.S. Congress that Russian nuclear officials were involved in fraudulent dealings in 2009 before the Uranium One deal was approved.
Not only did then-AG Loretta Lynch block Campbell from testifying, she threatened criminal action against him if he were to do so.
Let’s think about that just for a moment. The Attorney General of the United States – the person tasked with upholding the laws of our land – threatened a whistleblower with prison if he made a peep about Russian/American corruption within our borders. These types of tactics would make Putin blush.
In a rare bout of usefulness, former AG Sessions lifted the gag order against Campbell last year, allowing him to give private testimony to the House Oversight Committee, testimony for which the American public has yet to receive any information.
Perhaps the most criminal aspect of the treatment of these whistleblowers is that the whistleblowers themselves shouldn’t have been needed. Unbeknownst to anyone who relies on the legacy media for news, none other than the mighty FBI themselves had a robust counterintelligence probe launched to investigate the Uranium One deal.
The reasoning behind the probe made perfect sense. It’s a well-known fact that Vladimir Putin had/has a long-term energy strategy to create as much dependence on Russian energy worldwide as humanly possible. This strengthens Russia’s hand on the world stage, as it provides leverage for Putin for whatever issue may arise.
Don’t believe me? Try to get a better trade deal out of someone who controls half your natural gas. See where I’m going with this?
Russian oil giant Rosneft, for example, is little more than a foreign policy tool used to gain and spread Russian influence throughout the globe. Rosneft is looking for deals around the eastern Mediterranean and Africa, areas of tactical importance beyond the energy picture. It is wielding economic and political sway in northern Iraq, by making big oil and natural-gas deals in Kurdish territory. And it is angling to bid for control of Iranian oil fields as tensions between Tehran and Washington escalate.
PDT is acutely aware of this strategy, as he used a recent NATO meeting to point out one of Putin’s biggest strategic successes in recent memory — a massive Russian gas pipeline to Germany.
PDT’s complaint centered on the Nord Stream 2 (NS2) pipeline, which, when completed, will carry Russian natural gas hundreds of miles across the Baltic Sea to Germany. The project, which is led by the Russian state energy giant Gazprom, was approved by the German government last March, part of its commitment to wean the country off that icky nuclear and coal power so loathed by leftists.
And now, Germany is highly dependent on Russian gas: it currently gets about 40% of its supply from Russia. That makes Germany the EU’s largest consumer of natural gas. And now with the NS2, that dependence will quickly grow as the new pipeline will double the flow of Russian gas into Germany.
For people so terrified of Vladimir Putin, they sure don’t mind making him rich.
PDT wasn’t the only man keenly aware of what the Russians were up to with these energy deals, though, and that’s where the real corruption here lies.
Over the course of the Uranium One deal, Bob Mueller’s FBI uncovered a staggering amount of corruption through their aforementioned counterintelligence probe.
Before the Barry administration ultimately approved the deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States. The evidence in question involved both documents as well as interviews with those on the inside.
Federal agents, through the use of folks like Bill Campbell, were also able to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. This has been proven by both FBI and court documents.
They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit — guess who — the Clinton Foundation! And this was during the time then-Secretary of State Hillary served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow.
The racketeering scheme was conducted “with the consent of higher level officials” in Russia who “shared the proceeds” from the kickbacks, one agent declared in an affidavit years later.
Rather than bring immediate charges in 2010, however, the DOJ continued investigating the matter for nearly four more years, essentially leaving the American public and Congress in the dark about Russian nuclear corruption on U.S. soil during a period when the Barry administration made two major decisions benefiting Putin’s commercial nuclear ambitions.
The first decision occurred in October 2010, when the State Department and government agencies on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) unanimously approved the partial sale of Canadian mining company Uranium One to the Russian nuclear giant Rosatom. That’s the deal that gave Moscow control of more than 20% of America’s uranium supply.
Want a fun fact about CFIUS? At the time Uranium One deal was approved, Bill Clinton had just visited Putin’s residence in Moscow, after receiving $500K for a speech in Russia, of course, which just happened to be twice his normal fee. And millions upon millions of dollars just happened to make its way to the Clinton Foundation around the same time. Because you know, Russian oligarchs are known for their extravagant contributions to American charities.
One would think that this type of in-your-face corruption would be enough for a decade or so, but not with these folks. Oh no, my friends, they were just getting warmed up.
In 2011, the Barry crew gave approval for Rosatom’s Tenex subsidiary to sell commercial uranium to U.S. nuclear power plants in a partnership with the U.S. Enrichment Corp. Before then, Tenex had been limited to selling U.S. nuclear power plants reprocessed uranium recovered from dismantled Soviet nuclear weapons under the 1990s Megatons to Megawatts peace program.
The Russians were compromising American contractors in the nuclear industry with kickbacks and extortion threats, all of which raised legitimate national security concerns. And none of that evidence got aired before the Barry administration made those decisions. We know that tidbit of info, by the way, because an anonymous official reached out to the news. They wouldn’t give their names for fear of reprisal. And who could blame them?
The Obama administration and the Clintons defended their actions at the time, insisting there was no evidence that any Russians or donors engaged in wrongdoing and there was no national security reason for any member of the committee to oppose the Uranium One deal.
Not one damn soul in the so-called media bothered to push them on these assertions, despite the fact that subsequently released FBI, Energy Department and court documents show the FBI in fact had gathered substantial evidence well before the committee’s decision that Vadim Mikerin — the main Russian overseeing Putin’s nuclear expansion inside the United States — was engaged in wrongdoing starting in 2009.
So, about this Mikerin guy…..
Mikerin was a director of Rosatom’s Tenex in Moscow since the early 2000s, where he oversaw Rosatom’s nuclear collaboration with the U.S. under the Megatons to Megwatts program and its commercial uranium sales to other countries. In 2010, Mikerin was dispatched to the U.S. on a work visa approved by the Barry administration to open Rosatom’s new American arm called Tenam.
Between 2009 and January 2012, Mikerin “did knowingly and willfully combine, conspire confederate and agree with other persons … to obstruct, delay and affect commerce and the movement of an article and commodity (enriched uranium) in commerce by extortion,” a November 2014 indictment stated.
His illegal conduct was captured with the help of a confidential witness, an American businessman (possibly Campbell but I can’t say for sure), who began making kickback payments at Mikerin’s direction and with the permission of the FBI. The first kickback payment recorded by the FBI through its informant was dated Nov. 27, 2009, the records show.
Again, more proof that the FBI not only knew Mikerin was corrupt, but was monitoring his corrupt activity firsthand before the Obama crew invited him to do his thing here in America.
In evidentiary affidavits signed in 2014 and 2015, an Energy Department agent assigned to assist the FBI in the case testified that Mikerin supervised a “racketeering scheme” that involved extortion, bribery, money laundering and kickbacks that were both directed by and provided benefit to more senior officials back in Russia.
“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,” Agent David Gadren testified.
“Mikerin apparently then shared the proceeds with other co-conspirators associated with TENEX in Russia and elsewhere,” the agent added.
Get ready, because it’s about to get even better. Or worse, actually.
Guess who was the top supervisor of the Mikerin probe? None other than Obama-appointee Fraud Rosenstein, the deputy AG who is currently supervising a FISA abuse investigation in which he’s one of the main suspects. And who was his #2? You guessed it — Deep State Andy McCabe!
I can’t make this stuff up.
Ironically, the FBI nuclear industry case proved a gold mine. It uncovered a new Russian money laundering apparatus that routed bribe and kickback payments through financial instruments in Cyprus, Latvia and Seychelles. A Russian financier in New Jersey was among those arrested for the money laundering.
The case also exposed a serious national security breach: Mikerin had given a contract to an American trucking firm called Transport Logistics International that 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.
One would think that a success of this sort would be proudly touted by the bureau. We’re talking about Russian energy crooks getting nabbed for corrupt deeds within our borders, after all? Since when does the FBI try to hide that sort of news? Bringing down a major Russian nuclear corruption scheme that had both compromised a sensitive uranium transportation asset inside the U.S. and facilitated international money laundering would seem a major feather in any law enforcement agency’s cap.
Yet the DOJ and FBI took little credit in 2014 when Mikerin, the Russian financier and the trucking firm executives were arrested and charged.
Indeed, the only public statement occurred a year later when the DOJ put out a little-noticed press release in August 2015, just days before Labor Day. Those familiar with the news cycle know that if you want to bury a news release, you put it out just before a holiday weekend. And that’s exactly what they did.
So why in the world would the FBI and DOJ want to hide a success?
Odd behavior indeed.
And whaddayaknow….the criminal cases against Mikerin had been narrowed to a single charge of money laundering for a scheme that officials admitted stretched from 2004 to 2014. And though agents had evidence of criminal wrongdoing they collected since at least 2009, federal prosecutors only cited in the plea agreement a handful of transactions that occurred in 2011 and 2012, well after CFIUS approval for the Uranium One deal.
Why would the government only levy charges for crimes that occurred after the U1 deal was approved? That’s a rhetorical question.
The final court case also made zero mention of any connection to the influence peddling conversations the FBI undercover informant witnessed about the Russian nuclear officials trying to ingratiate themselves with the Clintons even though agents had gathered documents showing the transmission of millions of dollars from Russia’s nuclear industry to an American entity that had provided assistance to the Clinton Foundation.
Despite all the money flowing to the Clinton Foundation from these corrupt Ruskies, not a single word of it makes its way into court docs. What great luck for the Clintons that they weren’t associated with these unsavory characters. I’m sure they had no idea that these guys were corrupt, though. Just rotten luck on their part.
The courts weren’t the only folks leaving people in the dark about inconvenient parts of the case.
Despite the enormity of the scandal that had taken place, many key players in D.C. hadn’t the slightest clue that a major Russian nuclear corruption scheme with serious national security implications had been uncovered.
On Dec. 15, 2015, the DOJ put out a release stating that Mikerin, “a former Russian official residing in Maryland was sentenced today to 48 months in prison” and ordered to forfeit more than $2.1 million.
Ronald Hosko, who served as the assistant FBI director in charge of criminal cases when the investigation was underway, says he was never even briefed about Mikerin’s case by the counterintelligence side of the bureau despite the criminal charges that were being lodged.
“I had no idea this case was being conducted,” Hosko said in an interview, adding that he was “extremely surprised.” It was his job to know these things and the counterintel side of the house didn’t bother to so much as give him a heads up.
Likewise, major congressional figures were also kept in the dark.
Former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), who chaired the friggin House Intelligence Committee during the time the FBI probe was being conducted, said that he had never been told anything about the Russian nuclear corruption case even though many fellow lawmakers had serious concerns about the Barry administration’s approval of the Uranium One deal.
“Not providing information on a corruption scheme before the Russian uranium deal was approved by U.S. regulators and engage appropriate congressional committees has served to undermine U.S. national security interests by the very people charged with protecting them,” he said. “The Russian efforts to manipulate our American political enterprise is breathtaking.”
That’s one way of putting it.
I know this has been a long, tedious piece, but #BelieveMe, there is a point I’m coming to here.
I’ve long said that the Mueller probe was a case of offense-as-the-best-defense. In other words, if you have something to hide, the best protection is to attack those doing the searching. I strongly believe this to be the case with the so-called Russian collusion investigation headed up Robert Mueller.
In this piece, I’ve laid out damning evidence of corruption by the FBI, DOJ and even the White House itself. I’ve proved that the very committee tasked with protecting the country from shady or dangerous international deals, CFIUS, allowed one of the most shady and dangerous deals imaginable to go through despite documented evidence of corruption and the full knowledge of the sinister aims of the foreign leader seeking our uranium.
The corruption was so bad that then-Attorney General Eric Holder sat on the CFIUS panel at the time Uranium One was approved. Despite knowing about the extortion, fraud, kickbacks and money laundering — not to mention the national security implications — relates to the deal, the top law enforcement officer of the United States voted for it to go through. Hillary Clinton led that very committee.
Robert Mueller was the FBI Director at this time, and Rod Rosenstein oversaw one of the most critical aspects of the entire plot. They both knew — they all knew.
So why did Mueller not make a stink about this? It was his own FBI that uncovered this corruption. Why did he allow approval of Uranium One without so much as a threat to resign? How can a man who knowingly watched CFIUS approve a corrupt deal that gave Putin an upper hand in global energy strategy tell us with a straight face that he is concerned about Russian meddling within the U.S.?
How can Fraud Rosenstein, who also turned a blind eye to this travesty, now pretend to be a neutral arbiter related to any investigation regarding Russia? How did former Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder sit on a committee and vote to approve an energy deal that his own DOJ knew to be corrupt? And how could the former Secretary of State approve a deal from a country that had just poured millions of dollars into the coffers of her foundation while her husband enjoyed double-priced speeches before relaxing in the home of the Russian leader we’ve all been taught to fear as Public Enemy #1?
Any conservative who’s dealt with liberals for any amount of time knows projection to be their specialty, meaning they accuse you of whatever they’re doing. This is certainly that, but so much more.
Could it be mere coincidence that so many of the major players who not only willfully ignored but financially benefited from the Uranium One deal happen to be the key players in trying to bring down PDT for “Russian collusion?” When the facts are laid out, the entire saga is almost comical in its hypocrisy.
Make no mistake — the 16 FBI agents at Dennis Nathan Cain’s house were not there to protect state secrets. They were there as part of the larger mission of the Mueller probe, which is to deflect and hide from the real crime in D.C.; crime perpetrated by the very men tasked with snuffing it out.
Robert Mueller, Rod Rosenstein and many other Obama admin alums have a vested interest in bringing down President Trump. When Hillary lost, the possibility of their own deeds finally seeing the light of day became all too real.
That’s why William Campbell was threatened with imprisonment for speaking to Congress. That’s why Dennis Cain’s house was torn apart by FBI agents who needed to know everything he knew.
If you want to know how the Clinton Foundation can be so overtly corrupt yet evade justice at every turn, it’s because those tasked with delivering justice would go right down with her.
Has US Attorney John Huber had the courage to ask King Bob why he sat back and watched what he knew to be a corrupt Uranium One deal go forward back in 2010? Has he asked why evidence wasn’t presented to CFIUS? Has he asked whether Eric Holder assisted in concealing evidence that his own FBI uncovered? Did he ask Rod Rosenstein why the DOJ hid from the media the indictments that did come as a result of their investigations?
Will he ask how the hell CFIUS was allowed to approve a deal in which the FBI had documentary evidence of corruption on both a micro and macro level?
Or will Huber’s testimony on December 5th be just another display of the Swamp protecting itself?
I must admit, my faith in the Huber probe is virtually non-existent. But this latest raid on a whistleblower’s home is another story.
It fills me not with rage, but with hope; a hope I haven’t felt in a while.
The dark side of the bureau is panicked, and they want to know just how much these whistleblowers have. Remember, the documents in question are not vague. They explicitly involve Mueller’s inaction on Uranium One.
But Bob, if you’re worried about what kind of information some contractor in Maryland has, just wait until you see what the #StableGenius in the White House has in store. Small-time whistleblowers aren’t what should be keeping you up at night. Did you think the man whose throat you’ve been lunging for over the last 2 years would never strike back?
The legacy media will never say it, just as they’d never report any of the facts in this piece, but tt appears that King Bob may be the one whose walls are “closing in.” And man, is it starting to show.
Clinton Foundation money can buy most anything — except karma.
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