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Flashback: Hillary’s Big Russia Deal

…in which Our Brrrrrrrrave Gal approved the transfer of 20% of the U.S. ongoing supply of uranium to Russian control, while taking millions in Russian- and/or deal-related donations.

I’m following this New York Times article from April 2015:

…the Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom, [took] over a Canadian company with uranium-mining stakes stretching from Central Asia to the American West. The deal…brought Mr. Putin closer to his goal of controlling much of the global uranium supply chain…

At the heart of the tale are several men, leaders of the Canadian mining industry, who have been major donors to the charitable endeavors of former President Bill Clinton and his family. Members of that group built, financed and eventually sold off to the Russians a company that would become known as Uranium One.

…the sale gave the Russians control of one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States…the deal had to be approved by a committee composed of representatives from a number of United States government agencies. Among [them] was the State Department, then headed by Mr. Clinton’s wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

As the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation. 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.

And shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Mr. Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock.

At the time, both Rosatom and the United States government made promises intended to ease concerns…Those promises have been repeatedly broken, records show…

Whether the donations played any role in the approval of the uranium deal is unknown. [ed: Riiiiiight.] But the episode underscores the special ethical challenges presented by the Clinton Foundation, headed by a former president who relied heavily on foreign cash to accumulate $250 million in assets even as his wife helped steer American foreign policy as secretary of state, presiding over decisions with the potential to benefit the foundation’s donors…

The article continues with pages of details. One tiny sample:

The path to a Russian acquisition of American uranium deposits began in 2005 in Kazakhstan, where the Canadian mining financier Frank Giustra orchestrated his first big uranium deal, with Mr. Clinton at his side.

…several months later, Mr. Giustra had donated $31.3 million to Mr. Clinton’s foundation.

Did the Clintons hide some large donations, possibly showing consciousness of guilt? Yes. Example:

To judge from [Clinton] disclosures…the only Uranium One official to give to the Clinton Foundation was Mr. Telfer, the chairman, and the amount was relatively small: no more than $250,000, and that was in 2007, before talk of a Rosatom deal began percolating.

But a review of tax records in Canada, where Mr. Telfer has a family charity called the Fernwood Foundation, shows that he donated millions of dollars more, during and after the critical time when the foreign investment committee was reviewing his deal with the Russians.

By the way, I didn’t know that “While the United States gets one-fifth of its electrical power from nuclear plants, it produces only around 20 percent of the uranium it needs, and most plants have only 18 to 36 months of reserves…”

Exit questions:

  1. Why would NYT publish such an article? Why in April 2015? On whose hidden agenda?

    To be clear: I’m glad they gave us the info. But NYT is usually pro-Hillary. Why would they do something that undercuts her? Because Schweizer’s book was about to come out anyway?

  2. Why has no Special Counsel ever been appointed to look into all this?

UPDATE: Do the Clintons profit personally from the Clinton Foundation?
I’ve heard conflicting reports, but:

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6 Comments

  1. Why no special counsel? For the same reason that Seth Rich is dead…for the same reason the Clinton’s have never been in trouble for anything they’ve done. They are the Clinton’s, they can do no wrong, and honestly, corruption is only a problem is you are a Republican. Democrats can be as evil as possible, but they are virtuous, so it doesn’t matter.

    Comment by TAD — May 28, 2017 @ 1:45 am - May 28, 2017

  2. They’re the Clintons, and the Obamas will be more of the same. The rules are for the “little people”.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — May 28, 2017 @ 5:49 am - May 28, 2017

  3. I have a tad more faith in American justice. The Clintons and obamas in this s country will get their just dues…..this I truly believe

    Comment by Rick 554 — May 28, 2017 @ 6:25 am - May 28, 2017

  4. The Clintoons and the Obamas have law degrees. Both couples are government grifters. They live off the beast which moves incredible amounts of US Treasury money and credits through a Gordian knot of highways, back alleys and secret passageways.

    Professional Politicians learn some of the ropes and suck off the edges of the cash transfers that slop over the edges in transit. Like the mod skimmed the cash sloshing around in the Las Vegas Casinos, government grifters are there to get a sliver of as many pies as they can.

    Forbes listed the Clintoon cash in 2015. Remember that the poor dears left the White House “flat broke.” Forbes put their wealth from flat broke in 2001 at $240 Million in 2015: 52% came from speeches; 24% from writing; 12% from consulting; 6% from advising and 6% from this and that.

    What Forbes does not include is the slush from the Clintoon Foundation and Criminal Enterprises. That influence peddling scheme was awash in travel money for the Clintoons and management fees for Sweet, talented, brilliant Chelsea. When you travel by private jet you have to find a hotel at your destination which is either paid for by the host or, if necessary, through the Clintoon Foundation through donations given by the host or whatever. Its all fungible and what good is it being a lawyer if you can’t make it look legit?

    Grifters have a tool kit with specialized tools for unique situations. Different arteries of treasury money are tapped in different ways. One way is to arrange for the money to go through the hands of a very “grateful” person who will show his appreciation by paying you to speak or for your advice or just show up at your party.

    People like the Clintoons and Obamas see themselves as competitors in the game of “getting theirs” while adamantly renouncing any hint of being primarily opportunistic. From all the Clintoon sycophants, you continually hear about the incredible good that the Clintoon Foundation has done around the world. Deception mechanics of all sorts flock around these folk heroes of fraud who have made themselves famous by fiddling the system,

    Comment by Heliotrope — May 28, 2017 @ 2:01 pm - May 28, 2017

  5. In thinking over the presidents in my lifetime (starting with FDR) it was Lyndon Johnson who was the first real grifter. But then I got to recalling the Democrats and I realized this: FDR=sainthood legacy. Truman=his own party smeared him the most. JFK=legend legacy. LBJ=disowned. Carter=still trying. Clintoon=still trying; a landfill of forgiveness needed; Obama=still looking. Among the Republicans: Eisenhower=a stupid dolt according to the elite; Nixon=crooked psychopath according to the elite; Reagan=amiable dunce and loser according to the elite; Bush 41=out of touch wimp according to the elite; G.W.Bush=lying chimpmonkeyHitler loser according to the elite; Trump=dumb, soulless manipulator waging a full-fledged assault on truth and reason. (Hillary to the Wellesley grads.)

    So, the Republican presidents are all vying for last place, FDR is god, Carter, Clintoon and Obama need excessive image burnishing and St. Hillary is the Empress of the women scorned.

    All of which means that among Democrats, you should help yourself to what you can grab, because no matter how low a Democrat goes, he can’t get low enough to be in Republican territory.

    Comment by Heliotrope — May 28, 2017 @ 3:06 pm - May 28, 2017

  6. You forgot Ford.

    How about you take a risk and express your own opinion rather than carpet bombing us with graffiti you think has some arcane meaning.

    Yeah.

    Comment by CrayCrayPatriot — May 29, 2017 @ 4:48 pm - May 29, 2017

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