The embattled chairman of the House Intelligence Committee announced on Tuesday that he has opened an investigation into a deal struck between the U.S. and a predominantly Russia-owned uranium company based in Canada, Uranium One, while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.
"This is just the beginning of this probe", Nunes told reporters. "We're not going to jump to any conclusions at this time", House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes says.
"This new investigation is a massive diversion to distract from the lack of Republican oversight of the Trump administration and the national security threat that Russian Federation poses", Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, and Rep. John Conyers, D-Maryland, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said in a statement. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), head of the Oversight Committee, and Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), a member of the Intelligence Committee, were also present. Ousted FBI Director James Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch spoke at length to Congress about that investigation past year, and it's the subject of an ongoing review by the Justice Department's inspector general.
What was the uranium deal?
Trump fired Comey in May.
Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the Federal Bureau of Investigation had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering created to grow Vladimir Putin's atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.
President Donald Trump and other Republicans have accused the Russian uranium company of donating to the Clinton Foundation in an effort to sway Clinton to sign off on the deal, though the allegations are unproven.
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President Donald Trump repeatedly blasted the deal on the campaign trail, saying that Clinton "was paid a fortune" for setting up the sale.
Allegations surrounding the uranium deal resurfaced this past week when The Hill reported the FBI was investigating the donations and did not inform Congress.
In doing so the Republicans are moving to resurrect allegations that the Obama administration, in which Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State, mishandled the deal which gave Russian Federation control over more than 20 per cent of USA uranium supplies.
What's important about Nunes' announcement?
Sanders countered that Trump has been "very happy with the decision" to fire Comey and felt "fully vindicated".
Nunes, who stepped aside from his panel's Russian Federation probe amid controversy in April, said the uranium inquiry was a separate matter.
He had "temporarily" removed himself from matters relating to the Russian Federation investigation amid Democrats' allegations that he'd broken ethics rules in his panel's Russian Federation probe. Democrats are criticizing both investigations as attempts to distract from the ongoing investigation into Russia's election meddling and possible collusion with the Trump campaign, according to ABC News.
In response to a question Tuesday about his recusal, Nunes said, "You look like a guy that knows how to read, so I'd go back and read the statement I said at the time". The new investigation was being driven, he said, by conversations the committee has had with informants over the past several months.