Secret witness in Senate Clinton probe is ex-lobbyist for Russian firm

Senate Republicans say that their investigation of the role of Hillary Clinton in approving a deal for selling US uranium mines to a company in Russia hinges in part on the testimony of a secret informant in a bribery and extortion scheme inside the same company. The Senate committee is in search of Clinton's alleged wrongdoing is keeping the name of the witness absolutely secret. However, William D. Campbell who is a lobbyist has confirmed to Reuters that he is the informant who will testify and provide documents to Congress about the Obama Administration's 2010 approval for the sale of Uranium One, a Canadian company with uranium mines in the United States, to Russia's Rostom.

At the time of the sale, Campbell was an extremely secret source for the FBI in a Maryland bribery and kickback investigation of the head of a US unit of Rosatom which is the nuclear power company owned by the state. Campbell was identified as an informant of the FBI by the prosecutors in open court and by himself in a publicly available lawsuit which he had filed in the previous year.

In an interview over the telephone, Campbell said that he wanted to testify because of his concerns about the activities of Russia in the United States but he declined to give any further comments regarding this. Victoria Toensing who is the lawyer for Campbell but had not identified her client earlier said that in spite of Campbell telling the government about the corruptness of the company Rosatom still got the permission to buy the ore of Uranium. But Victoria did not say what Campbell would reveal regarding any of the alleged wrongdoing by Clinton. Clinton had said that the Senate investigation is an attempt to shift attention away from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the alleged role of Russia in Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. As the heat from an investigation by Mueller has intensified, Trump has repeatedly called for a further inquiry into Clinton and the Russian uranium deal.

Nick Merrill who is a spokesman for Clinton stated that this latest iteration is simply more of the doing of Trump's bidding for him to distract from his own problems associated with Russia. Some of the people who know Campbell are very skeptical about the fact that he can shed a good amount of light on Uranium deal.

December 16, 2017 - 03:56
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