In a story out today by Hattiesburg Patriot, Haley Barbour and his lobbying firm, the BGR Group, may be in hot water. The BGR Group, founded by Barbour, lobbied on behalf of a Canadian company, Uranium One, which is owned by Rosatom, a company owned by the Russian government.
This is the exact same dirty deal that Hillary Clinton approved that gave Russia control over 20 percent of American uranium in exchange for contributions to the Clintons and their foundation.
In order for an American lobbying firm, like BGR, to lobby on behalf of a foreign government, the firm must register under the FARA law (Foreign Agents Registration Act). Failure to do so can result in fines of up to $10,000 and up to five years in prison.
Incidentally, the recent federal indictments against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, two Trump aides, carried with it a count of failing to register as an agent of a foreign power. The charge is considered a conspiracy against the United States.
In a November 2017 letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Senator Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote of his concern about Barbour’s firm, as well as two others, one being the Podesta Group, which, incidentally, held a fundraiser for Thad Cochran in his 2014 campaign against Senator Chris McDaniel. These firms, writes Grassley, “lobbied both houses of Congress and the executive branch.” Barbour’s group specifically “provided strategic counsel and assistance” for the Uranium One deal.
Senator Grassley is seeking answers on why the Department of Justice did not require BGR and these other groups to register under the law and what actions have been or will be taken in the future. Read the full letter here.
Thomas Jefferson once said that “merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.” Perhaps he had Haley Barbour in mind.