House Republicans investigating Obama-era uranium deal

The chairmen of two House committees announced on Tuesday the launch of a joint investigation into the FBI's handling of its probe into Hillary Clinton's use of private email for State Department business and its inquiry into members of the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

"We're not going to jump to any conclusions at this time", Nunes said.

But Fusion said he has been effectively conducting a shadow investigation, and had subpoenaed the firm's bank for its financial records - a "blatant attempt to chill both speech with which Mr. Nunes disagrees and the free association of Americans working on a campaign against Donald Trump", the group argued in a court filing Friday.

At the time, Clinton was secretary of state, leading one of nine government agencies comprising CFIUS.

Taylor calls the subpoena "an abuse of authority" given that the committee chairman who signed it, Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, had stepped aside months ago from overseeing an investigation into potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

Nunes also reportedly added that he's spent weeks talking to "informants" on the subject, but the White House has nothing to do with his quest.

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Ousted FBI Director James Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch spoke at length to Congress about that investigation past year, and it's the subject of an ongoing review by the Justice Department's inspector general.

The Hill reported last week that before the sale was approved, the Federal Bureau of Investigation had evidence indicating that Russian officials had "routed millions of dollars to the U.S. created to benefit" the Clinton Foundation, and that the Obama administration approved the deal even though the Federal Bureau of Investigation had evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery and extortion "designed to grow Vladimir Putin's atomic energy business inside the United States".

In a statement Tuesday, a lawyer for Fusion GPS calls the subpoena from the chairman of the House intelligence committee "overly broad" and without a legitimate goal.

The uranium deal in question dates to 2009, when state-owned Russian nuclear energy company Rosatom began buying shares in Uranium One, a company based in Toronto with interests in the United States. Republicans say they want to know if the State Department under Clinton approved the deal because of donations made to the Clinton Foundation.

Allegations surrounding the uranium deal resurfaced this past week when The Hill reported the FBI was investigating the donations and did not inform Congress. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) arrives at a House interview with Jared Kushner - President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser - in July.

"The current Russian investigation is about the election".

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