According to an FBI informant, Russians connected to the Uranium One sale hired U.S. lobbyists to influence then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration.
As The Hill reports, Wednesday, Douglas Campbell told congressional investigators that Russian nuclear officials bought the services of APCO Worldwide for an annual price tag of $3 million.
The lobbying firm was expected to smooth over relations between Russia and the U.S. and seek to assist the charitable activities of former President Bill Clinton’s Clinton Foundation. At the same time, Russian mining company Rosatom was seeking approval from a U.S. government committee to purchase Uranium One, a company that owned the rights to about 20 percent of U.S. uranium mining capacity at the time. The State Department, led by Hillary Clinton, had a seat on the committee, which eventually approved the sale.
“The contract called for four payments of $750,000 over twelve months,” Campbell wrote. “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.”
In a response to The Hill, APCO has denied any connection between their lobbying efforts on behalf of the Clinton Foundation and Russia, and said different divisions of the company worked on the two projects.
Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill told The Hill that the the story is “designed to distract” attention from the Mueller investigation into alleged collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump.
On Wednesday, Campbell’s testimony was heard by staff from the Senate Judiciary, House Intelligence and House Oversight and Government Reform committees.