Did presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, accept millions of dollars in Russian donations to their foundation in exchange for approval of a deal that gave Russia control over one-fifth of the United States’ nuclear fuel?
According to the New York Times, they may have.
It’s a long and somewhat convoluted story, but the salient points suggest that the Clintons accepted millions of dollars from Russian investors with a business deal that required State Department approval at the time that Hillary was secretary of state.
Uranium One was a Canadian company that owned uranium mines in the United States and Kazakhstan. Their holdings account for 20 percent of all the uranium mined in the U.S.
In June 2009, after the Obama Administration had been in power a few months, the Russian state-owned nuclear agency Rosatom bought a 17 percent stake in Uranium One.
Rosatom decided in June 2010 that it wanted a 51 percent stake in Uranium One.
Because of the obvious strategic importance of uranium ore, such a deal required the approval of a special committee that included the State Department, which was under Hillary’s control.
You see where this is going?
Here’s the really interesting part. Uranium One and its predecessor company, UrAsia Energy, had been shoveling money into the Clinton Foundation since 2005, when Bill Clinton went with Canadian financier Frank Giustra to Kazakhstan, where Clinton defied U.S. foreign policy and endorsed Kazakhstan strongman Nursultan Nazarbayev to lead an international elections monitoring group. Soon after, UrAsia won stakes in three state-run Kazakh uranium mines.
A few months after the visit, Giustra donated $31 million to the Clinton Foundation. The money from Uranium One kept flowing well into 2011.
After Rosatom decided to pursue majority interest in June 2010, President Clinton was paid $500,000 to speak in Russia on June 29. The fee was paid by an investment bank with ties to the government agencies and investors who were seeking to buy Uranium One, according to the NYT.
While Hillary was required to disclose her foundation’s donors before she became secretary of state, the Clintons did not disclose the millions of dollars from the chairman of Uranium One while the deal was being reviewed.
In 2013, Rosatom reneged on promises and took over 100 percent of Uranium One, delisting it from the Toronto Stock Exchange.
The New York Times piece read, “Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million. Those contributions were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons, despite an agreement Mrs. Clinton had struck with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors. Other people with ties to the company made donations as well.”
Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said that allegations that Hillary received money to exert her influence at the State Department is “utterly baseless.”
The New York Times apparently based some of its information on a book, “Clinton Cash,” by Peter Schweizer, that will be published soon.
In October 2010, after the deal for taking controlling interest of Uranium One was approved by the Obama Administration, Rosatom’s Chief Executive Sergei Kiriyenko said in an interview alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin, “Few could have imagined in the past that we would own 20 percent of U.S. reserves.”
Meanwhile, the Clinton Foundation is refiling five years’ worth of taxes after Reuters discovered discrepancies.
Wonder how that happened?
The saddest thing about this latest Clinton scandal isn’t that it shows the creepy, gutter-trash, un-American character that most of us thought the Clintons had, but that it shows the actual power of the media, which have seriously bloodied Hillary’s campaign.
The leftist media agenda is only going after Hillary’s throat because the Powers That Be — most likely led by Valerie Jarrett — have told them to do so.
Those same string pullers are the ones that have protected Obama and covered his Administration’s backside for years. Imagine if this kind of scrutiny had ever been brought to bear on Obama.
It’s probably too late to do anything about that now.
But it’s not too late to stop a potentially even worse candidate named Hillary from getting into the Oval Office — IF, and this is a big if, Congress gets off its duff and uses its power to investigate the Clintons.
And while they’re at it, I’d love to see an investigation of media ownership and influence at the big news outlets.
Hey, I can dream, can’t I?