Fox News’ Shep Smith gave his best performance, trying to extinguish the ongoing flames surrounding the 2010 Uranium One deal case that implicates both Russia and the Clinton Foundation, but Americans were not the ones to let this one go by just like that.
The case revolves around Obama’s 2010 decision to seal a deal, enabling Russian giant, Uranium One, to purchase a Canadian company responsible for a large portion of America’s uranium supply.
Reports on the case confirmed that President Bill Clinton was eager to meet up with Uranium One officials when he traveled to Moscow in 2010. According to The Hill, Bill had a scheduled speech event, worth $500,000.
As a response to this, Russia poured in millions of dollars into the Clinton Foundation in the timeframe from 2009 to 2013, when Hillary was the acting Secretary of State.
Smith tried making excuses for Hillary by saying that, even though she had been in position, the decision to go forward with the Russia deal was not entirely up to her.
There to shut Smith up right on time was commentator Ben Shapiro.
Shapiro recalled a New York Times report from April 2015, where the Uranium One deal was laid out in details.
“But the untold story behind that story is one that involves not just the Russian president, but also a former American president and a woman who would like to be the next one,” the report stated.
It was also noted in the report that Hillary and Bill were already involved in the case when Hillary became Secretary of State.
As per the report, in 2005, ex-President Bill Clinton went on a trip to Kazakhstan, accompanied by Canadian mining financier Frank Giustra. Bill then held a speech, talking in favor of President Nursultan A. Nazarbayev. Almost immediately after, Giustra’s firm, UrAsia Energy Ltd., signed a uranium deal with Kazakhstan.
It wasn’t until 2007 that UrAsia Energy became part of the Uranium One story, with Giustra selling his share in the company, still managed by his shareholders.
What Shaprio drew from the report was the fact that Ian Telfer, the newly appointed chair of Uranium One, also donated millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation.
The Times was the first to blow the story out in the open:
“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,” the Times reported.
As result, Shapiro stood against Smith and his claim Hillary had very little to do with the Uranium One deal itself:
“So no, it’s not at all unclear that the Clintons were unrelated to Uranium One. And it’s not unclear that they’d have no interest in pushing Uranium One — Giustra still had an interest in maintaining faith with his former shareholders, and the Clintons had intervened in the past to help out the company beyond Giustra’s involvement. That doesn’t mean that Hillary signed off on the Uranium One sale. But to downplay the sale itself or the Clintons’ interest in it would neglect facts in evidence,” he wrote.
Smith tried convincing the broad public that the Clinton State Department “had no power to approve or veto that transaction.”
“The accusation is predicated on the charge that Secretary Clinton approved the sale. She did not,” Smith said.
“A committee of nine evaluated the sale, the president approved the sale, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and others had to offer permits, and none of the uranium was exported for use by the U.S. to Russia,” he said.
Smith also asserted that the biggest amount of money donated to the Clinton Foundation stemmed from a man known as Frank Giustra, who had no connections to the company once the sale was made.
You know what we hear? Blah, blah, blah. Fess up, guys.