House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) announced plans Tuesday to launch an investigation into an Obama-era uranium deal.
Along with the House Oversight Committee, Nunes said the probe will look into whether or not there was an FBI investigation of the 2010 sale of a United States uranium company to a Russian company, and if so, why Congress was left in the dark about it.
“We’re not gonna jump to any conclusions. We’re gonna try to get the facts,” Nunes told reporters during a press conference announcing the probe.
Nunes, who temporarily stepped down from the committee’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, says this new probe is not related to the current election investigation.
“The current Russian investigation is about the election. This is more about uranium and whether or not government actually functioned properly,” he said.
“It’s possible, maybe there was no FBI or DOJ investigation going on,” Nunes added. “That’s possible.”
The jolt in interest surrounding the so-called Uranium One deal followed multiple reports by The Hill that showed evidence that before the Obama administration approved the sale of 20 percent of America’s uranium supply, the FBI had evidence suggesting Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery and extortion.
However, Democrats appear to be pushing back against Republicans regarding the uranium deal, saying it’s a partisan ploy to distract from the ongoing investigations into the Kremlin’s meddling in the 2016 election.
On Tuesday, former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton called the GOP’s renewed focus on Russian uranium “baloney.”
“I would say it’s the same baloney they’ve been peddling for years, and there’s been no credible evidence by anyone. In fact, it’s been debunked repeatedly and will continue to be debunked,” Clinton said.
Watch Nunes’s comments below, via Fox Business Network.