Republicans have announced parallel congressional investigations into a uranium deal under emails from Presidents Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
A commission will investigate how the Obama administration approved an acquisition in 2010 that gave Russia control of 20 percent of uranium supplies to the United States.
Two other panels will look closely at the FBI’s decision not to blame former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her private email server.
Democrats have prepared the investigations as a “massive sabotage.”
Both of the issues that will be put in the spotlight by the commissions are long-standing political complaints from President Donald Trump.
Donald Trump’s campaign aides are currently under investigation in Congress over whether they agreed on alleged attempts by Russia to influence last year’s presidential election.
On October 24, Parliament’s Judicial Committee Chairman Bob Goodlat and Parliamentary Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gaudy announced an investigation into the previous administration.
They said there were “unresolved issues” regarding the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.
Bob Goodlat and Trey Gaudi said they wanted to know why former FBI Director James Comey had chosen to uncover Hillary Clinton’s investigation, but not the one about Trump and Russia’s aides.
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Meanwhile, Devin Nunes, the Republican chairman of the chamber’s intelligence committee, announced an investigation into his panel for the sale of a Canadian mining company that had mines in the American West.
Uranium One – which owned a fifth of US uranium supplies – was acquired seven years ago by Russia’s state-owned company Rosatom.
President Donald Trump tweeted on October 19: “The uranium deal with Russia, with the help of the Clinton and the knowledge of the Obama administration, is the biggest story that the ‘Fake Media’ does not want to follow!”
The State Department under Hillary Clinton helped approve the deal.
Last week, The hill reported that during the sale, the FBI was investigating alleged attempts by Russia to gain influence in the U.S. nuclear industry through bribery and extortion.
New York Times and The hill reported that Russian nuclear officials and the chairman of Uranium One have donated millions of dollars to the Clinton Charitable Foundation.
Devin Nunes told reporters at Capitol Hill on October 24: “One of the things we’re worried about is whether or not there was an FBI investigation, whether there was a MoD investigation, and if so, why Congress wasn’t informed about it.”
Democratic congressmen, however, accused Republicans of creating distractions.
Elijah Cummings and John Conyers in a statement on October 24: “This new investigation is a huge diversion to divert attention from the lack of Republican oversight of the Trump administration and the threat to national security that Russia poses.”
In an interview with C-SPAN on October 23, Hillary Clinton said the allegations about Uranium One were “terrible.”