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Grassley demands someone at DOJ name a special prosecutor for Uranium One scandal

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The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday called in a Tweet for someone in the Department of Justice to name a special prosecutor to look into the Uranium One scandal.

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The Tweet follows up on Senator Grassley‘s own call Thursday to have the Justice Department to lift the non-disclosure agreement preventing a former FBI confidential informant from speaking to Congress about the handling of a criminal probe linked to a controversial deal that ceded ownership of U.S. uranium assets to the Russian government.

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Despite an ongoing criminal investigation into officials working for subsidiaries of Rosatom, the Russian government entity seeking to acquire ownership of U.S. uranium, the Obama Administration approved the deal, he said.

The Justice Department has reportedly threatened to prosecute the informant if he discloses details of his involvement in the investigation,” he said.

“The Executive Branch does not have the authority to use non-disclosure agreements to avoid congressional scrutiny,” he said.

“If the FBI is allowed to contract itself out of congressional oversight, it would seriously undermine our constitutional system of checks and balances,” he said.

The Justice Department needs to work with the Committee to ensure that witnesses are free to speak without fear, intimidation or retaliation from law enforcement. Witnesses who want to talk to Congress should not be gagged and threatened with prosecution for talking. If that has happened, senior DOJ leadership needs to fix it and release the witness from the gag order,” Grassley said.

Grassley was responding to news reports that a U.S. businessman-turned-confidential informant documented bribes, extortion and money laundering by Russian entities that were attempting to secure U.S. government approval of a deal to acquire Uranium One. Uranium One at the time was said to have the rights to 20 percent of American uranium assets at the time.

The media reports said that the informant has information regarding payments made by Russian executives to a U.S. entity that supported the Clinton Foundation, controlled by President William J. Clinton.

Despite the informant’s detailed reports to the FBI and an ongoing criminal investigation, the Obama administration and the Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton approved the sale of controlling interest in Uranium One by the Russian company Rosatom.

Grassley has long had the reputation as the guardian of whistleblowers. In early 2011, insiders aware of the both President Barack Obama’s Fast and Furious Mexican gunrunning program and that one of the weapons from the Fast and Furious program killed Border Patrol agent Brian Terry reached out to Grassley first. Because Grassley was not a committee chairman, since the Senate was controlled by the Democrats, the senator reached out himself to Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Rep. Darrell Issa (R.-Calif.). That is why it was Issa and his committee that issued the subpoenas and conducted hearings on that scandal, not Grassley.

The Judiciary Committee chairman also requested that several federal agencies involved in approving the Uranium acquisition if they had any knowledge of the ongoing criminal investigation and all communications relating to donations made to the Clinton Foundation by interested parties in the transaction, including the Justice and State departments.

The chairman also demanded information about any non-disclosure agreements related to the Uranium One deal.

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Rand Paul Warns Third Party Will Rise if Republican Senators Vote with Democrats to Convict President Trump

The GOP is crumbling.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is warning that at least one-third of GOP senators will revolt and leave the party if Republicans join Democrats to convict the president.

This would potentially create the most viable third party in recent political history if Republican leadership is foolish enough to go down this path. Even though he refused to oppose the vote steal last week, Paul claims he and many of his colleagues intend to leave the party forever if the Senate goes through with impeachment.

“I didn’t agree with the fight that happened last week. I voted against over-turning the election,” Paul said while appearing on FOX News on Friday night. “But at the same time, the impeachment is a wrongheaded, partisan notion. If Republicans go along with it, it will destroy the party. A third of the Republicans will leave the party.”

“A third of the Republicans will leave the party,” Paul added. “This isn’t about, anymore, about the Electoral College, it’s about the future of the party, and whether you’re going to ostracize and excommunicate President Trump from the party. Well, guess what? Millions of his fans will leave as well.”

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Paul made these responses after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) publicly flirted with the idea of voting to convict President Trump.

“I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate,” McConnell said.

Paul is putting McConnell and the rest of the GOP leadership on notice. This is the line in the sand as far as he is concerned.

“They will destroy the Republican Party. If leadership is complicit with an impeachment or if leadership votes for an impeachment, they will destroy the party,” Paul said. 

“Like I say, I have opposed President Trump when I thought he was wrong, I’ve been for him when he was right. We did a lot of good things throughout the Trump presidency, and impeachment is purely a partisan thing,” he added.

The full segment with Paul and host Laura Ingraham can be seen here:

Big League Politics has reported on the division within the GOP since 10 Republican turncoats in the House join Democrats to impeach Trump for a second time:

Liz Cheney, daughter of Dick, was one of ten GOP House members to vote “yes” on President Donald Trump’s unprecedented second impeachment. Then when some were calling on Cheney to resign over her disgraceful vote, Dan Crenshaw, who voted against impeachment, quickly came to her defense and announced his “full support” for her.

“Let’s get some truth on the record: @Liz_Cheney has a hell of a lot more backbone than most, & is a principled leader with a fierce intellect,” Crenshaw tweeted Wednesday afternoon. “She will continue to be a much needed leader in the conference, with my full support.”

“We can disagree without tearing each other apart,” he added…

Cheney’s vote comes as no surprise. Big League Politics reported on her recent statement in support of Trump’s second impeachment, part of which read: “There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution. I will vote to impeach the President.” For this CNN laughably called her the “conscience of Republicans.”

The realignment that is happening within the conservative movement might result in the destruction of the Republican Party. President Trump may ultimately destroy the GOP swamp.

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