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Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Justice Department on Wednesday night released a former FBI informant from a confidentiality agreement, allowing him to testify before Congress about what he witnessed undercover about the Russian nuclear industry's efforts to win favorable decisions during the Obama administration.

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores confirmed to The Hill a deal had been reached clearing the informant to talk to Congress for the first time, nearly eight years after he first went undercover for the FBI.

The informant was unable to provide answers to lawmakers' recent inquiries because he had signed a nondisclosure agreement with the bureau. He also was forced by the Justice Department in 2016 to withdraw a lawsuit that threatened to call attention to the case during last year's presidential election.

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The man's lawyer, Victoria Toensing, told The Hill on Wednesday night that the FBI sent her a formal letter saying it no longer had any reason to ask the informant to keep his work confidential.

"The FBI has informed me that they are releasing my client from his [nondisclosure agreement] so that he can testify to Congress about his work uncovering the Russian nuclear bribery case and the efforts he witnessed by Moscow to gain influence with the Clintons in hopes of winning favorable uranium decisions from the Obama administration," Toensing said.

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I thought this was particularly interesting:

The informant's attorney, Victoria Toensing, said that her client can "tell what all the Russians were talking about during the time that all these bribery payments were made." The informant earlier was prevented from testifying by former attorneys general Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, according to Toensing, after having signed a non-disclosure agreement.
Usually confidential informants don't need non-disclosure agreements (since it is in their best interests that no one know who they are, so they can stay alive), so I wonder who Holder and Lynch were trying to protect?

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-10-26 10:37 AM | Reply

Given the fact that Mueller was head of the FBI at the time of the Uranium Deal and sat on the evidence, allegedly on Holder's orders, for four years, he will be conflicted out of this investigation as a witness. I guarantee you that the GOP will appoint their own Independent Prosecutor on this to level the playing field on the Russia Collusion equation.

Politics is a nasty business.

#2 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-10-26 10:41 AM | Reply

"Politics is a nasty business."

I'll say. Victoria Toensing and her husband, Joe DiGenova, have specialized for years in going after the Clintons in particular and Democrats in general. More recently her son, Brady Toensing, has been going after Jane Sanders, alleging she committed fraud when she was president of Burlington College:

FBI probe into Sanders' wife started with 'hearsay'

thehill.com

Nasty GOP political operatives, all three.

#3 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-10-26 10:53 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#3

Just as nasty as Marc Elias, that is for sure.

#5 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-10-26 10:58 AM | Reply

"Must not be too bad if they are going after the Clintons."

Funny how you overlooked that their son is going after Jane Sanders, just so you could get in your oh-so-predictable dig in about the Clintons.

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-10-26 10:59 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

From the Lewinsky affair to Benghazi and now uranium one, Toensing and her hubby are there:

Who Are The Right-Wing Media's Benghazi Lawyers Victoria Toensing And Joseph diGenova?

www.mediamatters.org

#7 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-10-26 11:02 AM | Reply

This thread should be merged with the other thread on the Back Page RCade.

#8 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-10-26 02:54 PM | Reply

John Roberts‏ @johnrobertsFox

Source tells @FoxNews that @realDonaldTrump himself gave the order to the DOJ to life [sic] the gag order on Uranium One confidential informant
8:26 AM - 26 Oct 2017

#9 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-10-26 06:44 PM | Reply

#9

So not surprised by that.

#10 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-10-26 06:45 PM | Reply

Clearly Russia has been trying to buy influence, has it worked? Who is blocking sanctions authorized by Congress? Putin's poodle that's who.

#11 | Posted by bored at 2017-10-26 09:45 PM | Reply

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