This story is a tad bit complicated, but I can boil it down for you a little. Maybe. Bottom line? Hillary Clinton’s foundation took a heck of a lot of money from a company that basically gave Russia our Uranium. Which is a problem.
When Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, Russia, which was, at the time, looking to buy a lot of Uranium for some unspecified reason, made a deal with a Canadian Uranium company that controlled about 20% of America’s Uranium deposits. Russia used a state-owned company to buy the Canadian corporation. At the same time, the Clinton Foundation coffers conveniently – or inconveniently – swelled with cash with the Canadian corporation. Oddly enough, Hillary Clinton’s office, which had to approve the merger, happiliy signed on the dotted line.
And none of this is weird, right?
From 2009 to 2013, when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, a Russian company owned by state atomic energy agency Rosatom slowly took over a Canadian company that controlled about 20 percent of America’s uranium deposits, The New York Times details in a long exposé. At the same time, people connected to the Canadian company, Uranium One, donated millions to the Clinton Foundation, and some of those donations weren’t disclosed on the foundation’s public donor list, The Times reports.
Since uranium is considered a strategic asset, the Rosatom’s final deal to take a 51 stake Uranium One had to be approved by the cabinet-level Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which included Clinton’s office along with several other cabinet secretaries.
I linked to The Week, but you can get the full story in the New York Times, which, in turn, got most of the story from Peter Schewitzer’s new book on the Clinton Foundation’s extra-curricular dealings with foreign governments while Hillary Clinton was supposed to be insulated from foreign influence. What The Week leaves out in its summary is the numbers, which are HUGE.
Like, seriously huge.
While the deal was being completed, Uranium One, the Canadian company, made a $2.5 million dollar donation to the Clinton Foundation, which Hillary Clinton didn’t tell a soul about, even though she had agreed to inform the Administration and heavily document any contributions made to her Foundation by a foreign government. The Clinton Foundation may have had different aims, but you have to admit that funneling that much money into Clinton’s Foundation at the same time the Secretary of State was charged with approving a deal that involved a huge asset that could prove disasterous to the United States looks fishy. And she’s not the only one who ultimately profited: Bill Clinton, who at the time was trying to claw the Clintons out of poverty on the speaking circuit, received half a million for a speech to a Russian investment bank that was closely linked to the financial merger between the state-owned Russian company and the Canadian one.
Obviously, Hillary Clinton’s team will maintain that these were all happy coincidences, and that, although it looks like foreign governments were trying to sway her vote on important issues, she and her husband were insulated from the day-to-day activities of the foundation, and, until now, had no idea who or what was writing massive checks, only that the money was going to humanitarian aid the world over. She and her husband are merely selfless philanthropists, looking to bring clean water and family planning to the developing world. If Canada and Russia share their mission, then that’s just peachy.
Of course, had they been so sure that the Canadian and Russian donations were meaningless, you’d think they’d have made sure to not just report them to the Administration, but to the IRS. That seems to have been a convenient oversight, too.
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