“Secretary of State Hillary Clinton approved the deal, effectively transferring 20 percent of US uranium to Russia…The Clinton Foundation got 145 million from the uranium investors.”
Everything these days is about the Russians. In his press conference, Russian foreign minister Lavrov said it best when he was asked about Russian meddling in the US election:
“You all look like adults here. How is it possible that such a great power as the United States is controlled by outside forces, namely the Russian Federation. I think the US politicians are damaging the US.”
So far, since the presidential election, those opposing President Trump have thrown everything at the president to see if they can find something that will stick. Lately, and most forcefully, it is the Russians. They are responsible for everything. They hacked the Democratic party email servers. They are behind WikiLeaks. They are controlling the president. They have compromising material on the president and his staff. They caused Clinton to lose the election. They planted all the dirt about the Clinton campaign.
It is true the Russians were involved with the US political machine. They always have been. In his testimony before the Senate Judicial Subcommittee on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, James Clapper said,
“In conclusion, Russia’s influence activities in the run-up to the 2016 election constituted the high water mark of their long-running efforts since the 1960s to disrupt and influence our elections.”
So yes, the Russians were trying to influence US politics. Nothing new. What is not being looked at is another facet of that interference—one that to me is much more telling and that those making all the noise now don’t want to bring to light.
Back in 2005, when mining financier Frank Giustra traveled with Bill Clinton to work out an agreement with the government of Kazakhstan for mining rights, Giustra had already donated $31.3 million to the Clinton Foundation. In June 2010, shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Bill Clinton personally received a speaking fee of $500,000 from a Kremlin-tied Russian investment bank connected to the uranium deal. Who was in office then? Obama. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton approved the deal, effectively transferring 20 percent of US uranium to Russia. The Clinton Foundation got 145 million from the uranium investors.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta sat on the executive board of an energy company, Joule Unlimited, which received millions from a Putin-connected Russian government fund. Podesta also owned “75,000 common shares” in Joule Unlimited, which he had transferred to a holding company called Leonidio LLC.
Podesta also failed to fully disclose his position on Joule Unlimited’s board of directors and include it in his federal financial disclosures, as required by law, before he became President Obama’s senior adviser in January 2014.
Ian Telfer, the head of the Russian government’s uranium company, Uranium One, made four foreign donations totaling $2.35 million to the Clinton Foundation.
Then there is all the gnashing of teeth over the meetings involving the associates of President Trump: Attorney General Sessions and the Russian ambassador Kislyak. Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak is a Russian diplomat who has served as Russia’s ambassador to the United States since 2008, appointed by former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev.
The current attack revolves around those in the Trump administration who met with Ambassador Kislyak. The almost exclusively Democrat politicians who are pushing the various investigations are pushing the belief that those who met with Kislyak are suspect of collusion with the Russians.
What you don’t hear about is the list of Democrats who also recently met with Kislyak. So, let us look at that list. These are also some of the politicians making the most noise about the Trump connections to Kislyak. They are senior Obama advisor John Holdren, Senator Claire McCaskill, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, former Senator Mary Landrieu, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Senator Jack Reed, Senator Bob Casey, Senator Maria Cantwell, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, among others.
Can you say hypocrisy?