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#NeverTrumper Jeff Flake Was Foreign Lobbyist Working For Uranium Firm With Ties to Iran

Since announcing he will not seek re-election in 2018, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) is on a warpath against President Trump. While Flake is lamenting President Trump’s rhetoric and nationalist, populist policies, it’s important to remember the Arizona lawmaker has a checkered past as a foreign lobbyist who worked for a uranium mining firm with ties to Iran.

Yahoo News reports:

[Flake] came back to Washington [from Namibia] in 1990 and launched a consulting firm, Interface Public Affairs; he signed up the Rossing uranium mine, one of the new nation’s economic drivers, as a client.

Flake signed on as the mine’s representative a month after Namibia achieved independence. His job was to ensure that sanctions enacted by state and local governments in the U.S. didn’t prevent the sale of Rossing “uranium to some of the utilities around the country,” he said.

More recently, the Rossing mine has come under scrutiny for its financial ties to Iran. While the firm Rio Tinto owns 69 percent of the mine, the Iranian Foreign Investment Co., which the Treasury Department describes as a “wholly owned” subsidiary of the Tehran regime, holds a 15 percent stake. Iran has held its share of the company since the 1970s, said Rio Tinto spokesman Illtud Harri.

Flake said he was unaware that Iran owned part of the mine. Indeed, his 1990 federal filing states that Rossing was not “owned,” “financed,” “controlled,” or “subsidized in part” or whole by a foreign government, although Iran and Namibia both held stakes in the mine.

Flake is in the news after being caught on hot mic saying Republicans are “toast,” if President Trump and Judge Roy Moore take over the party.

“[If we] become the party of Roy Moore and Donald Trump, we are toast,” Flake told Mayor of Phoenix suburb of Mesa Friday after taking questions at a town hall session.

Later, Flake tweeted a link to the story, saying “No news here. I’ve been saying this to anyone who will listen.”

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  1. Alex Mackie

    November 20, 2017 at 12:31 am

    You and McCain can’t go fast enough traitor. You are a Republican in name only !

  2. Linda Palmer

    November 20, 2017 at 1:00 am

    Mr. Flake hates Donald Trump. We have an important tax bill coming up for his vote. So far, his vote is a no, even though the House completed a tax bill based on the criteria both houses and the Administration agreed upon. He and Corker hate Trump, so their credibility is shot. America wants Tax Reform and these guys don’t know how to Govern. They are also ‘quitters’ and won’t be missed by most of the people in their states. They will likely be obstructionists along with the Democrats, so it seems to me that what they say is pretty meaningless.

  3. Armandina Guerrero

    November 20, 2017 at 1:40 am

    Shows how smart these two are talking about Mr Trump and Roy Moore Americans if you want toast vote Roy moore in

  4. Jay

    November 20, 2017 at 3:10 am

    My goodness, Arizona really knows how to pick winners, right? McCain is bad enough, but this “Flake” is a real masterpiece! Foreign Lobbyist for a Uranium Firm with ties to the Iran regime?I guess the voters of AZ should demand better vetting of their candidates……..

  5. John

    November 20, 2017 at 3:14 am

    The truth begins to creep out.

  6. Charlotte k Poirier

    November 20, 2017 at 3:43 pm


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