Donald Trump accuses media of ignoring Obama-era Russia uranium deal

Donald Trump has accused the mainstream media of ignoring fresh details about the controversial 2010 approval of a deal that gave Russia control over a large chunk of US uranium resources.

The President of the US on Thursday accused the mainstream media of ignoring fresh details about the controversial 2010 approval of a deal that gave Russia control over a large chunk of US uranium resources.

Donald Trump made his remarks on Twitter two days after the Hill reported that prior to the deal, approved in the early stages of predecessor Barack Obama’s administration, the FBI had gathered significant evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were conducting a bribery, kickback, extortion and money laundering scheme aimed at growing Moscow’s atomic energy business inside the US.

“Federal agents used a confidential US witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry 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,” The Hill reported.

 That paper said it learned about the evidence the FBI had gathered from government documents and interviews.

The Hill furthermore reported, citing unnamed sources, that federal agents had also “obtained an eyewitness account – backed by documents – indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the US 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 favourable decision to Moscow.”

He was referring to the lack of coverage of The Hill’s report by mainstream media outlets like the New York Times and MSNBC, which are harshly critical of his administration and have thoroughly covered the probe into the Trump election campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia to win the 2016 presidential race.

The New York Times did report in 2015 on a flow of cash making its way to the Clinton Foundation as Russian atomic energy agency Rosatom gradually took control of Canadian mining company Uranium One, which it noted had “uranium-mining stakes stretching from Central Asia to the American West.”

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