California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher released a statement on Thursday calling for hearings regarding possible collusion between the Clinton Foundation and Russia. Rohrabacher sent a letter to House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce on Wednesday.

Disobedient Media previously reported on Rohrabacher’s meeting with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, with Rohrabacher alleging in the wake of the visit that information may be forthcoming which could completely disprove Russian hacking claims. CNN reported Rohrabacher’s desire to brief Trump personally on the issue, though it remains unclear when or if such a meeting will take place.

In the wake of his meeting with Assange, Rohrabacher also alluded to the possibility that Assange could receive a pardon and could finally have an opportunity to leave the Ecuadorian embassy after over five years arbitrary confinement.

Rep. Rohrabacher currently chairs the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats. Last month Rohrabacher cited a Veteran Intelligence Professionals For Sanity (VIPS) report in denouncing Russian hacking claims that have been widely touted by legacy press despite a remarkable lack of evidence.

Julian Assange at a window of the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he has been arbitrarily detained for five years. Image: AP

The press release published by Rohrabacher’s office on Thursday states in part: “Rep. Dana Rohrabacher has called on House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce to approve hearings on alleged corruption involving Russia and the Clinton Foundation…”

The press statement goes on to say that “Russian financiers donated heavily to the foundation.” Rohrabacher went on to call for an “under-oath examination of the relationship between the donations and the 2013 CFIUS approval of the sale of America’s uranium reserves.”

The initial letter to Royce also alleges possible Obama Administration involvement with the Uranium One scandal, stating that his Administration had prior knowledge of “possible bribery and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act involving state-owned Russian nuclear industry figures, the Clinton Foundation, and other Americans prior to the CFIUS approval of the uranium transaction.”

The New York Times wrote in its coverage of Uranium One that: “leaders of the Canadian mining industry, who have been major donors to the charitable endeavors of former President Bill Clinton and his family… built, financed and eventually sold off to the Russians a company that would become known as Uranium One.”
The article continues:

“The sale gave the Russians control of one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States. Since uranium is considered a strategic asset, with implications for national security, the deal had to be approved by a committee composed of representatives from a number of United States government agencies. Among the agencies that eventually signed off was the State Department, then headed by Mr. Clinton’s wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton.”

Uranium One as a company had been acquired by the Russian government, according to Forbes. The financial connection directly between the Russian Government and then Secretary of State Clinton concerning a large amount of material used in the production of nuclear weapons and a nuclear state is extremely concerning, as is the distinct lack of press this issue has received during the media firestorm over allegations of Trump loyalists having colluded with Russia.

Former President Bill Clinton with Sir Tom Hunter, left, and Frank Giustra. Image Credit: Evelyn Hockstein of The New York Times

According to the New York Times report, Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations to the Clinton Foundation which totalled $2.35 million, adding that Bill Clinton had also received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank. The New York Times also wrote that Uranium One had been affiliated with Financier Frank Giustra, who donated $31.3 million to the Clinton Foundation. The donation took place in 2006, while Giustra was affiliated with the company.

Further raising eyebrows on the matter, Forbes reported that The Podesta Group had lobbied for Uranium One. The lobbying firm was founded by Tony Podesta, the brother of John Podesta, who served as the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 Presidential campaign.

Wikileaks‘ publication of the Podesta emails also shed light on the Uranium One scandal. The press release provided by Wikileaks regarding the Podesta emails states: “the CFIUS approval process historically does not trigger the personal involvement of the Secretary of State.”  The press release notes that the position which usually made decisions on such matters was held at the time by Jose Fernandez, and that Fernandez had emailed John Podesta: “As I mentioned, I would like to do all I can to support Secretary Clinton, and would welcome your advice and help in steering me to the right persons in the campaign..”

Rohrabacher sent the letter to Royce on Wednesday, which also includes the claim that Russia financed environmental groups in order to undermine fracking and the construction of oil and gas pipelines that “would have made America energy self-sufficient,” a claim that may anger many who participated in protests at Standing Rock and elsewhere to protect water and environmental integrity. 

Despite Rohrabacher’s sometimes disagreeable statements regarding issues such as fracking, it is remarkable in this author’s opinion that the Uranium One scandal has not been discussed in legacy press, given the attention given to alleged collusion between Russian agents and figures in the Trump administration.

Uranium One’s direct connection between Russian interests and Hillary Clinton during her term as Secretary of State is extremely disturbing not only due to the large amounts of money involved, but because it provided a large amount of material used in the production of nuclear weapons to Russia. It remains to be seen as to how Ed Royce will respond to Rep. Rohrabacher’s calls for hearings investigating such apparent collusion, or what impact this may have on the recent developments with Julian Assange and Wikileaks.

Writer and Associate Editor at Disobedient Media.