December - 2017

December 21, 2017 – Prosecutors ask FBI agents for info on Uranium One deal

Screenshot from CNN’s YouTube video: “Did Hillary Clinton help approve uranium deal?” (Credit: CNN/YouTube)

“On the orders of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Justice Department prosecutors have begun asking FBI agents to explain the evidence they found in a now dormant criminal investigation into a controversial uranium deal that critics have linked to Bill and Hillary Clinton, multiple law enforcement officials told NBC News.

The interviews with FBI agents are part of the Justice Department’s effort to fulfill a promise an assistant attorney general made to Congress last month to examine whether a special counsel was warranted to look into what has become known as the Uranium One deal, a senior Justice Department official said.

At issue is a 2010 transaction in which the Obama Administration allowed the sale of U.S. uranium mining facilities to Russia’s state atomic energy company. Hillary Clinton was secretary of state at the time, and the State Department was one of nine agencies that agreed to approve the deal after finding no threat to U.S. national security.

(…) “In a letter to Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Stephen Boyd said Justice Department lawyers would make recommendations to Sessions about whether an investigation should be opened or expanded, or whether a special counsel should be appointed to probe a number of issues of concern to Republicans.

In recent weeks, FBI agents who investigated the case have been asked by Justice Department prosecutors to describe the results of their probe. The agents also have been asked if there was any improper effort to squash a prosecution, the law enforcement sources say.

The senior Justice Department official said the questions were part of an effort by the Sessions team to get up to speed on the controversial case, in the face of allegations from Congressional Republicans that it was mishandled.” (Read more: ABC News, 12/21/2017)

December 7, 2017 – The judge overseeing the prosecution of Michael Flynn, recuses himself from the case

Judge Rudolph Contreras (Credit: Diego M. Radzinschi/National Law Journal)

“The judge overseeing the prosecution of former national security adviser Michael Flynn recused himself from the case this week, though the reasons for his decision remain a mystery.

Rudolph Contreras, a judge on the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., recused himself from the Flynn case on Thursday, according to court filings.

Contreras will be replaced by Emmet Sullivan, a Bill Clinton appointee.

Flynn pleaded guilty last Friday to lying in an interview with the FBI about conversations he had last year with Russia’s ambassador, Sergey Kislyak. As part of the plea deal, Flynn agreed to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s expansive Russia investigation.”

(…) “Contreras, an Obama appointee, is also a judge on the secret federal court which decides on requests for wiretap warrants on foreigners and U.S. citizens.

In Sept. 2016, a judge on the court — the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court — granted as least one wiretap warrant against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. The judge who ruled on that warrant remains unidentified, as is usually the case with FISC proceedings.” (Read more: The Daily Caller, 12/08/2017)