President Trump has said he considers the Obama-era approval of a uranium deal involving a Russia-linked entity to be a modern version of Watergate.
“I think the uranium sale to Russia and the way that it was done—so underhanded with tremendous amounts of money being passed—I actually think that’s Watergate, modern-age,” Trump told reporters on Wednesday.
The comparison comes a day after Republican representatives announced the launch of an investigation into the 2010 deal.
The recent attention may have been sparked, at least in part, by a report last week which stated “the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.”
“Rather than bring immediate charges in 2010, however, the Department of Justice (DOJ) continued investigating the matter for nearly four more years…during a period when the Obama administration made two major decisions benefiting Putin’s commercial nuclear ambitions,” the piece further notes.
One of these decisions included “the partial sale of Canadian mining company Uranium One to the Russian nuclear giant Rosatom, giving Moscow control of more than 20 percent of America’s uranium supply.”