The FBI informant at the center of the Uranium One/Clinton Foundation scandal was blocked by the Obama Justice Department from telling Congress about the corruption he witnessed related to the Russian nuclear industry’s efforts to win over Bill and Hillary Clinton and influence Obama administration policies, The Hill reported Wednesday.
The corruption allegedly included bribery, kickbacks, extortion, money-laundering, and Russia getting 20% of our uranium against the better judgement of just about everybody.
D.C. Attorney Victoria Toensing, a former chief counsel of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is representing the informant, an American businessman who worked for years undercover as an FBI confidential witness.
Toensing said that when he attempted to bring some of the allegations to light in a lawsuit last year, “the Obama Justice Department threatened him with loss of freedom. They said they would bring a criminal case against him for violating an NDA.”
Emails obtained by The Hill show that a civil attorney working with the former undercover witness described the pressure the Justice Department exerted to keep the client from disclosing to a federal court what he knew last summer.
“The government was taking a very harsh position that threatened both your reputation and liberty,” the civil lawyer wrote in one email. In another, she added, “As you will recall the gov’t made serious threats sufficient to cause you to withdraw your civil complaint.”
“All of the information about this corruption has not come out,” she said. “And so my client, the same part of my client that made him go into the FBI in the first place, says, ‘This is wrong. What should I do about it?’”
Toensing told The Hill that she was working with members of Congress to see if they could get the Trump Justice Department or the FBI to free her client to talk to lawmakers.
On Fox News’ Hannity Wednesday evening, Toensing announced that she had heard back from Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley and that his committee was interested in hearing more from the informant.
Appearing on the show along with Circa News’ Sara Carter and The Hill’s John Solomon, Toensing explained that when the informant started working for the FBI, he had to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
“They never gave him a copy of it and when he went public in 2016 … the Justice Department under Loretta Lynch called him and threatened him with his freedom if he violated the NDA … but they won’t show him a copy of it,” Toensing explained.
“So we decided to go to members of Congress in the Senate — and I have breaking news for you, Sean: while I was in makeup, I got a letter from Chairman Grassley asking my client to give them information.”
Toensing told Hannity that the situation was now a “constitutional issue” because the executive branch cannot prevent someone from giving information to Congress. “So it’ll be a very interesting thing to see how the Justice Department responds,” she said.