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Criminal indictment handed down in Clinton-linked ‘Uranium One’ case

Someone is finally paying the price for part of the Clinton family’s Uranium One scandal, better known as “Russiagate” — and it’s about time.

An 11-count indictment was handed out in Greenbelt, Maryland, on Friday against 54-year-old Mark Lambert, the “former co-president of a Maryland-based transportation company that provides services for the transportation of nuclear materials to customers in the United States and abroad.”

Lambert was charged with “one count of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and to commit wire fraud, seven counts of violating the FCPA, two counts of wire fraud, and one count of international promotion money laundering,” the Department of Justice (DOJ) wrote in a statement.

Speaking through his attorney, Lambert has denied the allegations.

Russian Bribery and Uranium One

According to the DOJ’s statement:

The charges [against Lambert] stem from an alleged scheme to bribe Vadim Mikerin, a Russian official at JSC Techsnabexport (TENEX), a subsidiary of Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation and the sole supplier and exporter of Russian Federation uranium and uranium enrichment services to nuclear power companies worldwide, in order to secure contracts with TENEX.

TENEX is the commercial sales division of the Russian company Rosatom, which took over Uranium One in 2013, according to The Daily Wire.

Evidence was collected against those involved in the scheme from 2009 through October 2014, according to the indictment. During this time, Lambert, among others, reportedly conspired at what the DOJ is calling “Transportation Corporation A” to make “corrupt and fraudulent bribery and kickback payments to offshore bank accounts associated with shell companies, at the direction of, and for the benefit of, a Russian official, Vadim Mikerin, in order to secure improper business advantages and obtain and retain business with TENEX.”

Mikerin was sentenced to “four years for laundering money connected to the bribes” in 2015, according to Reuters. “Lambert’s former co-president Daren Condrey pleaded guilty to bribery and wire fraud charges in 2015 and is awaiting sentencing.”

The DOJ’s statement said of Lambert and his colleagues:

In order to effectuate and conceal the corrupt and fraudulent bribe payments, Lambert and others allegedly caused fake invoices to be prepared, purportedly from TENEX to Transportation Corporation A, that described services that were never provided, and then Lambert and others caused Transportation Corporation A to wire the corrupt payments for those purported services to shell companies in Latvia, Cyprus and Switzerland.

They Knew — But Did Nothing

According to an October 2017 report from The Hill, the Barack Obama administration was aware of the existence of bribery and kickbacks in regard to the Uranium One scandal but did little to curb it.

The Hill reported:

Before the Obama administration approved a controversial 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 Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States.

The information was gathered from a confidential American witness who was inside the Russian nuclear industry, as well as eyewitness accounts and documents that showed “Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow,” according to The Hill.

Former Obama administration officials have reportedly denied these claims.

Democrats and their cronies have been begging for action to be taken about Russia’s involvement in United States’ politics — but they should have watched what they wished for. These charges are only the beginning.


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