Obama Should Have Prosecuted Russians for Racketeering, Former NYC Attorney Says


Former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Andrew McCarthy said Monday on “The Laura Ingraham Show” that former President Barack Obama’s administration should have prosecuted the American subsidiary of the Russian atomic energy company for racketeering before it was able to acquire the Canadian company Uranium One and get control of 20 percent of all uranium in the U.S.

McCarthy, a contributing editor at National Review, noted that the Obama administration’s Justice Department knew at the time about the illegal activities conducted by Tenam USA, the U.S. arm of Tenex, a subsidiary of the Russian nuclear energy company Rosotam. At the time, the Justice Department already knew about Tenam USA’s racketeering enterprise, which allowed felony extortion, money-laundering, and fraud, McCarthy noted. The events in question also occurred under 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.

Nevertheless, the Obama administration allowed 20 percent of the United States’ uranium reserves to fall under Russian control to take place in 2010. And “the bottom line,” McCarthy said, was that the Obama administration “green-lighted a very dubious transition, which enabled the Putin regime in Russia to acquire … 20 percent of the U.S. uranium stock.”

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