FBI informant Douglas Campbell dropped a bombshell on Wednesday that has left Washington DC — and indeed, the rest of the country — in complete shock. Campell testified that Russian nuclear officials admitted hiring American lobbying firm APCO Worldwide in the hopes of influencing relations with the U.S during the Obama administration.
Western Journalism reported that the goal of this was get former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to “reset” the fragile relations between the U.S. and Russia, with funds also going to support Bill Clinton’s charity efforts.
“The contract called for four payments of $750,000 over twelve months,” Campbell said of the deal while Hillary was Secretary of State. “APCO was expected to give assistance free of charge to the Clinton Global Initiative as part of their effort to create a favorable environment to ensure the Obama administration made affirmative decisions on everything from Uranium One to the U.S.-Russia Civilian Nuclear Cooperation agreement.”
Campbell was testifying before the Senate Judiciary, House Intelligence, and House Oversight, and Government Reform committees. Both the APCO and the Clinton camp have spoken out to deny the allegations against them.
“All actions on these two unconnected activities were appropriate, publicly documented from the outset and consistent with regulations and the law,” APCO told The Hill. “Any assertion otherwise is false and unfounded.”
The APCO went on to claim that though the Russia lobbying did not involve Uranium One, it did focus on regulatory issues geared towards assisting Russia to become a stronger competitor in nuclear fuel contracts within the U.S.
Clinton spokesperson Nick Merill also spoke out to claim that this testimony was part of a conspiracy theory in which White House officials distract from the Trump-Russia investigation currently bearing down on Washington.
Campbell, however, held firm in his allegations as he accused the Obama administration of making decisions that directly benefitted the nuclear industry in Russia, which allegedly led to them seeking to build a monopoly in the global uranium market. He testified that foreign executives “boasted” during their “vodka-fueled meetings” about how “weak the U.S. government was in giving away uranium business,” and how they were confident Russia would soon get the advantage over the U.S. in the uranium market.
“I expressed these concerns repeatedly to my FBI handlers,” Campbell said. “The response I got was that politics was somehow involved.”
He admitted that he gave the FBI “documentary proof that officials in Moscow were obtaining restricted copies of IAEA compliance reports on Iranian nuclear inspections, a discovery that appeared to deeply concern my handlers.”
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