8 The Tarmac Meeting
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The United States attorney general is the head of the Justice Department and is directly in charge of the FBI. On June 27, 2016, Attorney General Loretta Lynch secretly met with Bill Clinton on her government plane as it sat on the tarmac of Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona.
While Lynch described this meeting as an impromptu opportunity for socialization between old friends, FBI documents obtained by Judicial Watch expose that Clinton purposefully delayed the takeoff of his aircraft to “maneuver” a meeting with the attorney general.
The Judicial Watch documents further show that the FBI was more concerned about information regarding the meeting leaking to the public than they were about the meeting itself. If the meeting was innocuous, why would the FBI be concerned about the public finding out about it?
Soon after the meeting, Loretta Lynch asked FBI Director James Comey to stop calling the Clinton email probe an “investigation” and to call it a “matter” instead. Comey stated under oath that this request to change the language used in an active investigation for apparently partisan political reasons gave him a “queasy feeling.” Nonetheless, Hillary Clinton was exonerated of all alleged crimes associated with her use of a private email server a week after the tarmac meeting.
7 Uranium One
In 2010, the FBI was one of nine agencies that approved the sale of US uranium mining facilities owned by the Canadian company Uranium One to Rosatom, a state-sponsored Russian energy company. This deal provided the Russian government with control of roughly 20 percent of all US uranium reserves and was incidentally also approved by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Interestingly, by the time of the 2010 Uranium One deal, the FBI had already acquired a mass of evidence proving that Rosatom was involved in bribery, kickback schemes, money laundering, and extortion to expand Putin’s influence over American uranium. The sale of American uranium to Russia went through anyway without FBI interference.
In 2017, the US House Intelligence Committee began investigating the Uranium One deal for signs of criminal wrongdoing. In February 2018, FBI informant William Douglas Campbell testified that Rosatom had hired lobbying firm APCO for $3 million a year to gain Hillary Clinton’s approval of the deal by making massive contributions to the Clinton Global Initiative. Campbell asserts that hiring APCO is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Rosatom’s corruption.
The United States has to import uranium to keep up with demand. Choosing to sell 20 percent of US uranium reserves would therefore be a potential danger to national security and is especially troubling because the sale was made to a company like Rosatom.