These are turbulent times driven by an unquenched thirst for wealth and power. It draws likeminded people to it from all walks and across political lines, our government and our nation’s self-appointed aristocracy. What they share is a need for power or close association with the powerful. This is a deadly serious game. For the players the one rule is simple. The ends justify the means even if the means lead to the end of a free republic. We are at a point where career criminals, who most viewed as typical borderline corrupt politicians and public servants, may finally have to pay the piper. Could it finally be, in our country that is supposed to have the world’s best justice system, we won’t be left again wondering, “How did they get away with that?” I do delight, however, that the two most destructive entities to our country – Hollywood and Washington Establishment politics as usual – are taking a highly visible beating. It is a way past due beating. Divine intervention?
Nowadays it is hard to tell whether real life is taken from a television series or vice versa. This power game raises ominous questions about the state of our national politics, our law enforcement at the highest levels, and misuse of our nation’s multiple intelligence agencies. The players on one side of the game made a bet and lost. So confident they were of the election outcome, their recklessness may ultimately cost them their freedom. Well, it will if there is even a modicum of justice remaining in the good ole U.S. of A. But let’s not be naïve. We will only see the truth if there is one unfettered, unafraid, non-political entity remaining in our Department of Justice. Mr. Sessions? Right now, sadly, that is iffy.
What’s happened here makes Richard Millhouse Nixon look like a piker. I only wish I had the imagination to write such a story, a perfect political thriller where the good guys and the people come out on top. Now there is a growing rumble in a once friendly and complicit media who, when it comes right down to it will have no choice except to get it right because it is simply too big to ignore. Eventually the magnitude of it may overwhelm them. Each day more of the truth is illuminated and more complicit media shown for who they are. In order to survive with even a scintilla of credibility, the media must decide to either continue pressing false narratives and protecting their own shortcomings or to truthfully cover what is arguably the greatest combination of scandals in American history.
At the heart of everything is a Russian collusion story although possibly with a surprise ending. It is an ending that turns against the long running story narrative. It is an ending where some frauds are exposed, some careers made and some destroyed. One outcome is for certain. The curtain has been pulled back and for the first time I can recall the ugly underside of political corruption is exposed for every American to see how close we are or hopefully were to no longer being a free America.
There is much to talk about and literally tons of information through which to sift. Trying to wrap your mind around it will cause you to spend many hours reading, contemplating and head scratching. I discovered that one does not need to draw a conclusion on any of this except to declare based on the news and readily available information, which we are currently hearing little about from legacy media, that the events, the players, and rampant criminal behavior over many years represent a clear and present danger to the republic. Players hedged their bet on an election – a sure thing – and lost. There was no need for them to be concerned with conduct or the law because their get out of jail free card had a lock on the presidency. Now, it appears, many of those players who should be under investigation are instead investigating the winner. They sit in position to cover up and destroy evidence that could send them away for a very long time. That is about as Communist as it gets. This hits the part of the oath I and many others hold to – “defend our Constitution against enemies foreign and domestic.” With emphasis on domestic.
I looked at a lot of material over the past week or so and will try to synthesize it down so that you are not reading too much about our national reserve of U308, just let it suffice that Russia now owns 20 percent of ours. Just a little bit on some private organizations involved in the mess.
Before we try to sort out all of the familiar names and connections in this tale of intrigue let’s look at some other key players. There are three private companies involved. Two primary players and a third contracted by Fusion GPS. Former President Bill Clinton and Former Secretary of State and two time failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sit at the top of both merging scandals. Just to keep things in perspective, there are a couple of things to consider about the Clintons. They have walked free from so many scandals it appears they either have standing immunity or one hell of a blackmail file. The other thing pointed out to us by a mathematician is that being an acquaintance of the Clintons increases your odds of committing suicide by 500 percent.
One of these companies was buying influence through bribery and kickbacks to a collection of people including the person they believe would become president of the United States. The other company was paid to discredit, or compile opposition research on if you please, a political opponent. Initially hired by a Republican aristocrat and never-Trumper and ultimately by the Democratic National Committee, the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, and for a time it appears the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The companies are Uranium One a wholly-owned subsidiary of ROSATOM, the Russian State Corporation for Nuclear Energy and FusionGPS that bills itself as a “premium research, strategic intelligence, and due diligence services to corporations, law firms, and investors worldwide.”
The following information comes directly from the Uranium One and ROSATOM web sites:
In 2005, Uranium One was formed as a Canadian Public Company. In 2009, ROSATOM acquired a 19.95 percent interest in Uranium One Inc. In 2010, Uranium One acquired the Willow Creek uranium mine and related properties in Wyoming, USA. Uranium One also acquired a 50 percent interest in the Akbastau uranium mine and a 49.67 percent interest in the Zarenchnoye mine in Kazakhstan. In 2010, ROSATOM acquired a 51.42 percent share in Uranium One. In 2011 [Vladimir Putin’s] ROSATOM became the world’s fourth largest uranium producer.
U1 – Uranium One – A ROSATOM Global Mining Company – is a global energy company and one of the world’s largest uranium producers, with a diverse portfolio of assets worldwide, including in Kazakhstan, the United States, Tanzania and elsewhere. As a leading uranium producer, Uranium One is committed to the highest environmental standards, the health and safety of its employees and the long-term sustainability of the diverse communities across the globe in which it operates.
Uranium One is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ROSATOM, the Russian State Corporation for Nuclear Energy. Uranium One is responsible for ROSATOM’s uranium production outside the Russian Federation and is the world’s fourth-largest uranium producer.
ROSATOM produces annually approximately 3,000 tons of uranium domestically, and some 5,000 tons in other countries. Raw materials of the Russian and foreign deposits (particularly in Kazakhstan) will be enough to supply both domestic and international projects of ROSATOM for the next hundred years. ROSATOM with its 1/3 world market share takes the lead in global uranium enrichment services and covers 17.7% of the global nuclear fuel market.
From Uranium Investing News:
..privately owned Uranium One is one of the largest uranium producers in the world. In Wyoming, it owns the Willow Creek mine, along with a number of development projects in the Powder River and Great Divide basins.
Willow Creek is an in-situ recovery mine that began operating commercially in May 2012. It includes a central processing plant, a satellite facility and associated uranium ore bodies. Currently, Willow Creek is able to put out 1.3 million pounds of U3O8 per year, but Uranium One plans to expand its processing capacity per the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s licensed capacity of 2.5 million pounds of U3O8 per year.
U.S. Uranium Reserves Estimates at the end of 2008, U.S. uranium reserves totaled 1,227 million pounds of U3O8. The same numbers are shown in tables on this report. The amount of reserve is based on price. It is basic economics, the lowest the price equals the lowest reserve. The 1,227 million pounds is based on the highest price of $100. At the $50 dollar price per pound, the amount of estimated reserve drops to 539 million pounds. Beginning on page 474 of this document, Uranium 2016: Resources, Production and Demand, a product of the Nuclear Energy Agency and the International Atomic Energy Agency, you can find the lowdown on U.S. uranium resources. Do not blame me if your eyes begin to bleed while you are reading it. But, even a cursory review of the information will help you understand the magnitude of the new and self-inflicted threat to our national security.
Down to the nitty gritty:
To produce WGU [weapons grade uranium], uranium needs to be enriched (e.g., with centrifuges) to more than 90 percent of its fissile isotope U-235. The amount of WGU required for one weapon is defined by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as about 27 kg of uranium. This amount is often called a “significant quantity” (SQ). – From the Business Insider Here’s how long it would actually take Iran to build a nuclear weapon even if an agreement is reached.
Uranium is a strategic resource or asset and undoubtedly the world’s most important resource in this age. Whoever controls this resource controls the world. That our government would allow any nation especially Vladimir Putin’s Russia to control any amount, much less 20 percent, of such an important asset to our national security is bewildering. How did that happen?
From the website of FusionGPS:
Fusion GPS is based in Washington, DC and provides premium research, strategic intelligence, and due diligence services to corporations, law firms, and investors worldwide.
We offer a cross-disciplinary approach with expertise in media, politics, regulation, national security, and global markets.
This is all you will find at the link along with an email address for information. There is no “About Us” link or any other information other than what is presented. If that is all one can find about them on the Internet, they clearly present as a secretive outfit. What we have learned or must assume is that political opposition research falls somewhere under the category of “strategic intelligence.” We do know the founders all of whom were former investigative reporters for the Wall Street Journal. They are Glenn R. Simpson, Peter Fritsch, and Thomas Catan and we’ve learned in the past day or so that their former colleague Evan Perez a CNN reporter maintains close yet undisclosed ties with FusionGPS founders and his former Wall Street Journal associates.
The story began in September 2015, when a wealthy Republican donor [now identified as Paul Singer, GOP mega donor who funds the Washington Free Beacon] who strongly opposed Mr. Trump put up the money to hire a Washington research firm run by former journalists, Fusion GPS, to compile a dossier about the real estate magnate’s past scandals and weaknesses, according to a person familiar with the effort. The person described the opposition research work on condition of anonymity, citing the volatile nature of the story and the likelihood of future legal disputes. The identity of the donor is unclear.
Fusion GPS, headed by a former Wall Street Journal journalist known for his dogged reporting, Glenn Simpson, most often works for business clients. But in presidential elections, the firm is sometimes hired by candidates, party organizations or donors to do political “oppo” work — shorthand for opposition research — on the side.
It is routine work and ordinarily involves creating a big, searchable database of public information: past news reports, documents from lawsuits and other relevant data. For months, Fusion GPS gathered the documents and put together the files from Mr. Trump’s past in business and entertainment, a rich target.
After Mr. Trump emerged as the presumptive nominee in the spring, the Republican interest in financing the effort ended. But Democratic supporters of Hillary Clinton were very interested, and Fusion GPS kept doing the same deep dives, but on behalf of new clients. – New York Times – How a Sensational, Unverified Dossier Became a Crisis for Donald Trump
One of Fusion GPS’ partners, Peter Fritsch, is a former Wall Street Journal senior editor who covered national security. He also served as the newspaper’s bureau chief in Brussels/Northern Europe, Latin America, and South and Southeast Asia. Thomas Catan was named as the other former reporter involved in Fusion GPS.
Fritsch wrote of the Washington D.C. based firm: “While its coverage is global, Fusion GPS offers singular expertise in Latin America and the Caribbean. Some of the topics the team has successfully covered in the region include: pre-transaction investigations; company and sector analysis; political and security risk assessments; money laundering; and asset recovery. Multi-lingual and on the ground researchers will uncover unique and reliable information for each project.” – Heavy.com – Fusion GPS 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Thomas Catan is [was] a Staff Reporter in the Washington bureau of The Wall Street Journal covering money and politics. Previously at The Wall Street Journal, he worked as a legal affairs reporter covering the Justice Department and as Spain correspondent based in Madrid. At the Financial Times, he worked as an investigative reporter, energy reporter, and as a correspondent in Buenos Aires and New York. His articles have appeared in other international publications including The Economist and he has made frequent appearances on broadcast media, including CNN, CNBC and the BBC. Mr. Catan is British and Mexican and is a graduate of the London School of Economics. –The Wall Street Journal
Orbis Business Intelligence Ltd. was contracted by Fusion GPS to investigate Presidential candidate Donald Trump including any connections with Russia. From the Orbis Website:
We provide senior decision–makers with strategic insight, intelligence and investigative services. We then work with clients to develop and implement strategies which protect their interests worldwide.
Orbis Business Intelligence Ltd. was founded in 2009 by former British intelligence professionals. The team now draws on extensive experience at boardroom level in government, multilateral diplomacy and international business to develop bespoke solutions for clients.
Christopher Steele is a former MI6 agent and the founding director of Orbis. He is credited with authoring the now infamous “pee-pee” dossier paid for by and the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign. It has just been reported by The Federalist that “Since April of 2016, Obama’s campaign organization has paid nearly a million dollars to the law firm that funneled money to Fusion GPS to compile a dossier of unverified allegations against Donald Trump.” And right there with them, James Comey’s FBI was a client of Steele’s and may have used this wholly unverified dossier with information from Russian agents to begin an investigation. Other important information is that information in the dossier was allegedly compiled by paid sources with direct ties to the Kremlin. Isn’t there a story being pushed around out there about a politician allegedly colluding with the Russians to influence the outcome of our general election? To put it in today’s lingo Vlad Putin must be ROTFLHAO.
Those private entities, along with the Executive Branch including the Whitehouse and the State Department, the Department of Justice including the FBI, our National Intelligence Agencies, probably some not yet exposed members of the Washington Establishment – Republican and Democrat alike, and a collection of useful idiots we call the media have brought our nation to the brink. And to use a worn out political cliché, let me be clear to the brink is not an overstatement.
There we have the basic diagram of scandals set to rock the very foundation of our country. It is a pyramid. Sitting at the top of the pyramid are Bill and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. Not too far beneath is the Obama Administration fulfilling a role in each scandal.
The Uranium One deal that put $145 million into the coffers of the Clinton Foundation touched the following known people: (Certainly there are others, but these are some of the key players.)
Robert Mueller, FBI Director at the time of the deal and amazingly enough is the Special Counsel allegedly investigating Russian influence. It is also established that Mueller was aware of the investigation, bribery, and money laundering and even had a confidential informant. He had all of this before the deal was made.
Andrew McCabe is the current Deputy Director of the FBI. As Assistant FBI Director under Mueller he ran the Uranium One fraud investigation along with US Attorney Rod Rosenstein.
Rod Rosenstein is the current Deputy Attorney General (AG) of the US and former US Attorney for the District of Maryland. Rosenstein signed off on sealing the investigation records of Mueller’s FBI investigation into the Russian influence buying related to the Uranium One deal. After AG Sessions recused himself from the Russian probe, Rosenstein appointed Mueller as Special Counsel. Are they covering their butts?
Andrew Weissman is a prosecutor on the Mueller team. At the time of the Uranium One deal, he was the head of the US Department of Justice Fraud Division. His operation was a co-signer along with Rosenstein’s attorneys of the plea deal that effectively buried the criminal activity surrounding the deal.
Yet, that is exactly what Rosenstein’s office did, in a plea agreement his prosecutors co-signed with attorneys from the Justice Department’s Fraud Section. (See in the Hill’s report, the third document embedded at the bottom, titled “Mikerin Plea Deal.”) No RICO, no extortion, no fraud — and the plea agreement is careful not to mention any of the extortions in 2009 and 2010, before CFIUS approved Rosatom’s acquisition of U.S. uranium stock. Mikerin just had to plead guilty to a nominal “money laundering” conspiracy charge. This insulated him from a real money-laundering sentence. Thus, he got a term of just four years’ incarceration for a major national-security crime — which, of course, is why he took the plea deal and waived his right to appeal, sparing the Obama administration a full public airing of the facts.
Interestingly, as the plea agreement shows, the Obama DOJ’s Fraud Section was then run by Andrew Weissman, who is now one of the top prosecutors in Robert Mueller’s ongoing special-counsel investigation of suspected Trump collusion with Russia. – National Review
Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) does what its name implies. It approves foreign investments in the US. Representatives on the committee among others include the State Department and the Department of Justice.
The agency, authorized statutorily by the Foreign Investment and National Security Act of 2007 (FINSA) is required to review and approve or reject any foreign investments in American companies, or foreign companies that own substantial American assets, that will have an impact on national security.
At the time of the 2010 CFIUS approval of the Uranium One-ARMZ transaction, Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State. Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Jose W. Fernandez served as her representative on CFIUS.
Former Attorney General Eric Holder headed the Department of Justice at the time of the 2010 transaction. It has not been publicly reported who from the Department of Justice represented him on the CFIUS panel at the time. – Senator Grassley Demands DoJ Answers
There is an excellent summary of the entire Uranium One fiasco published by Business Insider April 2015. Here’s a couple of takeaways:
Investors in Uranium One gave money to the Clinton Foundation starting in 2005 and through 2011. On June 29, 2010, Bill Clinton was paid $500,000 to speak in Russia by an investment bank with ties to Russia’s government that had a buy rating on Uranium One’s stock. [Estimates as high as $145 million are reported.]
Investors with ties to Uranium One and UrAsia donated millions to the foundation in 2010 and 2011. These donations were disclosed. In addition to this, Bill Clinton was paid $500,000 to speak in Moscow in June 2010, the same month that the Russians closed the deal for the majority stake in Uranium One. The speaking fee was one of Clinton’s highest, according to The Times.
A source with knowledge of the Clintons’ fundraising pointed out to The Times that people donate because they hope that money will buy influence. The source said: “Why do you think they are doing it — because they love them?”
All of this and more was known more than a year before the 2016 election, but FBI investigation completed and records dutifully sealed by Mueller, Rosenstein, McCabe, Weissman, et al. Isn’t it possible even probable they were sealed to keep the details of another investigation of Clinton corruption out of the election? The pattern continued when Mueller’s friend and protégé James Comey decided months before the Clinton email scandal investigation was completed to exonerate the person he thought would be president. It is also no surprise that the media did not hammer this story in the run up to the 2016 Election.
It should not surprise anyone that Mueller had it leaked to CNN that charges and an arrest [Manafort] were imminent in the “Russian Collusion” investigation. All of the information I have just shared with new information coming out almost hourly required Mueller to direct the news away from him and his band, and the Clintons. He did for now and certainly a complicit media will follow his lead. On the bright side, there is some reporting from supposedly knowledgeable sources that the Podesta brothers – in the same business as Manafort – and with very deep Clinton ties – are in Mueller’s sights. Only if it is true, would it restore a tad of confidence in the system. But, I am a hopeless cynic and if the Podesta boys go down it’ll be for the purpose of taking one for the Clinton team ending with a sacrificial plea deal and a couple of years at a minimum security federal country club with adequate time to write their memoirs.
Twenty percent of our strategic uranium reserves are owned by Vladimir Putin. The Clintons have added millions to their wealth. There were no indictments of any of that. The complete failure of our justice system is on full display as are the workings of the Washington establishment swamp.
That is one side of the pyramid. The other side leads to the second Russian collusion story. It is another serious threat to the republic from the Executive Branch, the Department of Justice and FBI, and our multiple intelligence agencies.
This story has been the story since the election that left Hillary Clinton wondering What Happened? The story is kept so fresh that a blow by blow account is not necessary. It is the Russian collusion story which stems from the so-called Trump dossier produced by former British MI-6 agent Christopher Steele. The most damning revelations of this story once again point back toward a Clinton – Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
The story pushed since election night was Trump collusion with Russians to influence the outcome of our Presidential election. On top of untold number of Congressional hearings, there is zero evidence that such collusion occurred. Then along comes the dossier. A document produced we’re told at the behest of a never-Trump Republican donor. We learned the Republican that hired Fusion GPS cut them loose once Trump became the candidate. The Republican had no part of producing the dossier. That came after the Democrat National Committee, the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, and most recently Obama’s Organizing for America had Fusion GPS continue the Trump investigation. Fusion GPS hired Christopher Steele to investigate Russian connections. Reportedly, Steele built the dossier from unverified information provided by paid Kremlin sources.
Where this gets serious and becomes a threat to our freedom is whether this phony dossier was used to get FISA warrants for surveillance of Americans – specifically those associated with the Trump campaign. We know the intelligence reports were provided to the Obama Whitehouse and that Americans were unmasked – General Flynn who was the first sacrifice can tell you about that. The scary part is that our national intelligence resources may have been turned against a political opponent sort of how the Russians and others do it.
Up and down each side of that pyramid you find the Clintons and associates, the Whitehouse, the intelligence agencies, and the Department of Justice. It left me wondering if I could depend on any of them.
The last thing I have to say here although Lord knows there is tons more to come out unless this Special Counsel endless fishing expedition actually does end, is where are you Attorney General Sessions? When you were appointed I thought things were getting better. Illegal immigration is a big deal. MS-13 is a big deal. But this conflagration of people and events will destroy our country. Many need to spend time in federal prison. Pull the plug brother and drain the swamp. Otherwise you are part of the problem.
© 2017 J. D. Pendry