J John Weaver, a Republican anti-Trump consultant, signed a contract with a Russian nuclear company on Thursday after an online pullback.
Weaver said on Twitter Thursday that he had abandoned his contract with the Russian nuclear company Tenam Corporation, which is part of the Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation . Weaver had registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act as a foreign representative to fight against possible new US sanctions against Russia.
"I reject the contract, my only focus is the replacement of Donald Trump as' President & # 39 ;, and his low traveling servants," Weaver wrote.
Weaver's original focus on the Russian-owned utility company came to nothing He quarreled in a series of questions, including the alleged coziness with Moscow, in response to his earlier criticism of Trump in January 201
] Weaver is known as the longtime advisor and ally of the late Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., A leading critic of Tr Ump's approach to Russia. Weaver has also been adviser to former Ohio Governor John Kasich, a Republican Republican rival of 2016, who has not ruled out challenging the incumbent for the 2020 nomination.
Weaver initially tried to defend himself against the treaty with Russia and, having learned "that a stable market is in line with US national security interests, Weaver was convinced that the supply of American energy producers was stable and the proliferation of nuclear weapons keeps in check. " Weaver argued that adding "uncertainty in the uranium market would make that globe even more dangerous."
But on Thursday, Weaver went the other way, and his lawyers informed Tenam that the deal had not materialized.
The Law on the Registration of Foreign Representatives stipulates that anyone working on behalf of a foreign government – whether a lobbyist, a corporation, a k-street company or a media company – should disclose this relationship by registering with the Ministry of Justice. Weaver's 13-page submission to DOJ's FARA department showed that Weaver and its consulting firm, The Network Companies, had agreed to "provide government strategies, advice and lobbying to the US Congress and the US Nuclear industry, on behalf of Tenam. "Weaver's lobbying would have focused on" without limitation … sanctions or other restrictions on nuclear energy, trade or cooperation involving the Russian Federation ". [Www.] Weaver announced that he would receive an upfront payment of $ 250,000 for his work, followed by another $ 100,000 upfront payment 30 days later. His contract was due to expire on October 31, 2019, with the possibility of renewal by the end of November 2019, December 2019, and January 2020 for an additional $ 40,000 per month.
Weaver's contract was dependent on further sanctions against Russia that did not become US law. One clause, in particular, stated that Tenam could terminate the contract with Weaver "if, during the term of this contract, a bill contains sanctions or other restrictions in the area of nuclear weapons (nuclear) energy, trade or cooperation involving the Russian Federation in any way , are legislated by the US President (or vetoed by both chambers of the US Congress). "
Weaver's submission to the FARA department is dated 10 May 2019, and it appears that he himself closed the agreement on 29 April 2019. On the contract signing page, the signature of Weaver and that of Fletcher Newton, president of the Canadian uranium mining company Uranium One, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rosatom.
The sale of Uranium One to the Russian state-owned company Rosatom was controversially discussed and criticized by the Republicans, who said that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton helped approve the deal and the Clinton Foundation may have benefited. Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked US Attorney John Huber to review these allegations in November 2017.
Originally used in the Second World War to combat the Nazi propaganda efforts, the rarely-watched FARA laws gained new attention after Special Adviser Robert Mueller's convictions secured the statute against Trump employees, including Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, during his investigation Brandon Van Grack, who had worked for Mueller for a year and a half, was blamed earlier this year for the Department of Foreign Affairs Registration Act of the Ministry of Justice as the department promised to step up enforcement.