Victoria Toensing, a lawyer who is counseling a confidential FBI informant, said on WMAL DC’s “Mornings On the Mall” that he had been threatened not only by Russians but also members of the Obama administration. The informant had exposed that Russian nuclear officials engaged in bribery, kickbacks, money laundering, and extortion in their efforts to persuade the Obama administration to allow the sale of a uranium company to Russia. Toensing that that her client was threatened by the Obama administration to remain silent during the 2016 presidential election.

Toensing told radio show host Vince Coglianese on Thursday that lawyers from Department of Justice (DOJ) under Attorney General Loretta Lynch coerced her client into dropping a 2016 lawsuit against the government. “The Russians have threatened him, and up until just last night the U.S. government has threatened him,” Toensing said. “He was told that if he didn’t dismiss the case his reputation and liberty were in jeopardy.”

The Hill reported on Wednesday that Toensing has files which allege that the Obama administration silenced her client because his civil lawsuit would have occurred during the 2016 election and could have had an impact on the election.

According to The Hill, Toensing said she also has proof that DOJ threatened her client last year when he sought to file a lawsuit that would have drawn attention to the Russian corruption allegation during the 2016 presidential, while also helping him recover money stolen from him by Russian through kickbacks paid during the FBI probe of the extortion/kickback scheme. Also according to emails obtained by The Hill, a civil attorney working with the former undercover witness said DOJ pressured the client to refrain from disclosing what he knew to a federal court.

This week, DOJ under Attorney General Jeff Sessions released Toensing’s client from a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) which he was forced to sign and which prevented him from testifying to Congress what he knows. Toensing added that when he tried to reveal his allegations in his 2016 lawsuit, “the Obama Justice Department threatened him with loss of freedom. They said they would bring a criminal case against him for violating an NDA.”

The informant has been authorized by DOJ to testify privately before the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, as well as one member of each of their staffs, any information or documents he has concerning alleged corruption or bribery involving transactions in the uranium market, including but not limited to anything related to Vadim Mikerin, Rosatom, Tenex, Uranium One, or the Clinton Foundation.



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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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