Gowdy puts FBI and Comey on warning; House warns Obama, Hillary uranium probe’s just beginning

There’s a lot of long-overdue probing in the works on the Hill, according to Congress. It was a busy Tuesday.

Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, and Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, made a joint statement announcing a probe into why former FBI Director James Comey failed to publicly announce his agency’s investigation into Trump campaign officials–despite having announced the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

The announcements by Congressmen Gowdy, Nunes, and Goodlatte are being welcomed by conservatives, who see it as having the potential to hold former Clinton accountable for her scandals.

And Congress is now moving to investigate Russian collusion–but not the kind Democrats want to talk about.

The Washington Times reports that the House intelligence and oversight committees will investigate the 2013 Uranium One deal, in which the Obama administration allowed a Russian state-owned company to effectively purchase 20 percent of America’s uranium supply.

Devin Nunes (R-CA), Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, announced the probe on Tuesday. Lawmakers hope to discover whether the US government was investigating Kremlin-linked Rosatom at the time American officials greenlighted its purchase of Canadian uranium mining company Uranium One.

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“One of the things we are concerned about is whether or not there was an FBI investigation, was there a DOJ investigation and if so, why was Congress not informed of this matter?” Nunes said.

The deal was approved by Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which includes representatives of 16 US departments and agencies, including the secretaries of the Treasury, State, and Homeland Security.

The State Department under Clinton gave approval to the deal. The two-time presidential candidate denies her involvement and dismisses the revelation that the Clinton foundation received millions of dollars from Russian nuclear officials while the Uranium One deal was being processed.

Clinton has called the uranium story “the same baloney they’ve been peddling for years, and there’s been no credible evidence by anyone.” The former Secretary of State went on to say the allegations of wrongdoing have ” been debunked repeatedly and will continue to be debunked.”

Nunes rejects the notion that the probe is politically-motivated, asserting the intelligence committee has had its eyes on the uranium deal “for a while now.”

Rep. Peter King (R-NY), who formerly headed the House Committee on Homeland Security, says he expressed his misgivings about the Uranium One deal to the treasury secretary as early as 2010.

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“There were very, very real concerns about why we would allow a Russian-owned company to get access to 20 percent of America’s uranium supply,” King said. “It is important to find out why the deal went through.”

Nunes has invited whistleblowers to come forth and share information related to the deal, mirroring the actions of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-IA) and Rep. Ronald DeSantis, who have asked the Justice Department to lift a nondisclosure agreement preventing a confidential informant from speaking about Uranium One.

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