House committees open probe into Obama-era uranium deal, timing of Clinton Foundation donation

A pair of House committees are opening a probe into a uranium deal involving a Russian company approved during the Obama administration.

A confidential informant came forward, sparking the House intelligence and oversight committees to look at whether there was an FBI investigation into the deal, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said Tuesday.

“It’s important that we find out why that deal went through and certainly in view of recent allegations and questions it’s important this inquiry goes forward,” said Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.).

The probe, announced by King, Nunes and Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), is looking at whether there was a conflict of interest because of accusations that Russians funneled money into the Clinton Foundation during the time of the deal. Hillary Clinton was secretary of state at the time.

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June 9: Donald Trump Jr. — along with Jared Kushner and former campaign chair Paul Manafort — meets with Kremlin-connected lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.
June 9: Trump tweets about Clinton's missing 33,000 emails
July 18: Washington Post reports, on the first day of the GOP convention, that the Trump campaign changed the Republican platform to ensure that it didn't call for giving weapons to Ukraine to fight Russian and rebel forces
July 21: GOP convention concludes with Trump giving his speech accepting the Republican nomination
July 22: WikiLeaks releases stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee
July 25: Democratic convention begins
July 27: In final news conference of his 2016 campaign, Trump asks Russia: "If you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing"
August 4: Obama CIA Director John Brennan confronts his Russian counterpart about Russia's interference. "[I] told him if you go down this road, it's going to have serious consequences, not only for the bilateral relationship, but for our ability to work with Russia on any issue, because it is an assault on our democracy," Brennan said on "Meet the Press" yesterday.
October 4: WikiLeaks' Julian Assange says his organization will publish emails related to the 2016 campaign
October 7: WikiLeaks begins releasing Clinton Campaign Chair John Podesta's emails
October 7: Department of Homeland Security and the Director of National Intelligence release a statement directly saying that Russia is interfering in the 2016 election
October 31: "This WikiLeaks is like a treasure trove," Trump says on the campaign trail
November 4: "Boy, I love reading those WikiLeaks," Trump says from Ohio.

The Hill reported last week that the FBI had been gathering information about Russian nuclear officials engaging in bribery and spying schemes ahead of the deal.

President Trump has repeatedly called for an investigation into the deal and has called it the “real Russia story.”

Trump’s presidency has been haunted by a series of Congressional and federal probes into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election and whether anyone in the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow to sway the results.

Clinton has said that she was not involved in the deal and told C-SPAN the controversy surrounding the 2010 exchange is “baloney.”

Nunes, who said in April he was stepping back, but not recusing himself from the House probe into the election meddling after visiting the White House to brief the President on early findings, bristled when questioned on Tuesday.

While referring reporters to his April statement, he also said he wished reporters would “stop referring to” it.

He added that he and others have not been in touch with anyone at the White House about the uranium probe.

“So our committee has been looking into this for a while now. We have been in touch with different individuals who have brought us information,” he said added.

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