GOP’s ‘secret witness’ in its probe of Hillary’s ties to Russia is starting to cause quite a stir

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Is it time for Dems to hit the panic button?

Senate Republicans have been threatening to appoint a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton’s Uranium One deal with Russia.

For Clinton critics, the deal reeks of scandal and power abuses, but Democrats vehemently deny there’s been any wrongdoing.

The appointment of special counsel might all hinge upon testimony from a secret informant. The GOP Senate committee has been keeping the name of the whistleblower under wraps, but lobbyist William D. Campbell confirmed to Reuters that’s he’s the man holding all the power—at least for now.

More from Reuters:

At the time of the sale, Campbell was a confidential source for the FBI in a Maryland bribery and kickback investigation of the head of a U.S. unit of Rosatom, the Russian state-owned nuclear power company. Campbell was identified as an FBI informant by prosecutors in open court and by himself in a publicly available lawsuit he filed last year.

 

For weeks, Campbell’s attorney Victoria Toensing has been releasing small amounts of information about her client. Last month, Toensing revealed that the Obama administration threatened her client into silence over a lawsuit against the government regarding Uranium One.

Victoria Toensing says her client holds valuable information. Image sreengrab.

Campbell is now preparing to testify and provide documents to Congress about the Obama administration’s 2010 approval of the deal, Reuters reported.

The Clinton camp is furious.

“This latest iteration is simply more of the Right doing Trump’s bidding for him to distract from his own Russia problems,” Nick Merrill, a Clinton spokesman said.

Some people close to Campbell and the Rosatom bribery scandal tell Reuters they’re skeptical he will have much to offer Congress. But, Campbell said otherwise.

“I have worked with the Justice Department undercover for several years, and documentation relating to Uranium One and political influence does exist and I have it,” Campbell said.

Campbell refused to give Reuters further details.

 

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