For those who like political circuses, the Bill and Hillary Clinton Roadshow has provided more than three rings.
From the Mena Airport drug-running allegations, to accusations of predatory sexual behavior and cover-ups, to shady-looking stock and land deals, to the closure of rich anthracite land in the U.S. that gave a foreign corporation the balance of power in that field, the Clintons have served us quite a number of dizzying tricks. But it appears that their biggest is just being revealed.
Bit by bit, chunk by chunk, the Clinton connections to the massive “Uranium One Scandal” are being reported, thanks to independent journalists around the world. To get you up to speed, and offer you a digestible serving of this vast, years-spanning, multi-billion dollar scandal, let’s offer a quick thumbnail of the topic and the new revelations.
The Uranium One scandal is about uranium, of course, and state entities that can use it to make cupcakes, nuclear weapons, and, at less “enriched” levels, nuclear power. The title is derived from the name of the Canadian corporation, Uranium One, which, between 2009 and 2013, was acquired by Rosatom, the Russian atomic energy corporation. But Uranium One wasn’t just bought outright. The acquisition had to be approved, because Uranium One held mining stakes in the U.S that included 20 percent of U.S. uranium capacity. There is a U.S. government panel that oversees these “security” issues and had to approve this sale, but we’ll get to that in a moment.
In 2015, Jo Becker and Mike MacIntire reported for the New York Times that, as Rosatom attempted to acquire Uranium One, the corporation suddenly became very interested in generously donating to a non-profit organization -- none other than the Clinton Foundation.
You know, the foundation founded by Bill Clinton and his wife, then-Secretary of State Hillary 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.
Much of this information was uncovered by the indomitable writer Peter Schweizer, and has been available in his huge book, “Clinton Cash”, since 2015. But, alas, it seems pop networks were too busy turning a blind eye to Mrs. Clinton’s illnesses and feeding her debate questions to be bothered to read the tome.
And that’s a shame, because it turns out that the big U.S. “panel” that has to approve the sale of “strategic” things like nuclear bomb fuel? It had, as one of its components, the U.S. State Department, which was headed at the time by none other than Hillary Clinton.
Not only was Hillary on that panel (called the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, or CFIUS), but so was Mr. Fast and Furious himself, Obama Attorney General Eric Holder and then-treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.
And that’s not all! If you order now, the Uranium One Scandal will also give you this tidbit, no extra charge!
As Andrew McCarthy recently reported in a detailed piece for National Review:
In March 2010, to push the Obama “reset” agenda, Secretary Clinton traveled to Russia, where she met with Putin and Dimitri Medvedev, who was then keeping the president’s chair warm for Putin. Soon after, it emerged that Renaissance Capital, a regime-tied Russian bank, had offered Bill Clinton $500,000 to make a single speech — far more than the former president’s usual haul in what would become one of his biggest paydays ever. Renaissance was an aggressive promoter of Rosatom. The Clinton speech took place in Moscow in June.
So what are the new wrinkles in the face of the Clinton clown show?
The New Developments:
First, it turns out that in 2010, the FBI was investigating the head of Rosatom’s subsidiary, Tenex, and its U.S. branch, Tenam – a man named Vadam Milkerin. As McCarthy writes, Milkerin tried to hire a lobbyist, but that man, who remains anonymous but wants to testify to Congress, thought there were security issues:
So he contacted the FBI and revealed what he knew. From then on, the Bureau and Justice Department permitted him to participate in the Russian racketeering scheme as a “confidential source” — and he is thus known as “CS-1” in affidavits the government, years later, presented to federal court in order to obtain search and arrest warrants.
But something happened on the way to the arrests, and this leads us to the second huge slab of news.
As Sarah A. Carter notes in a massive and important piece for Circa, at the same time that CFIUS was deciding the fate of 20 percent of the U.S. government’s uranium reserves, the people involved with the Russian corporation trying to acquire them were paying off the Clinton Foundation, and the FBI was investigating the head of one of the Russian subsidiaries. Classic.
“At the time of the investigation did any of the U.S. law enforcement, intelligence or other agencies involved in the case inform the CFIUS board of the ongoing investigation? If not, why not? If they were informed, why did they make the decision they did to approve the Uranium One transaction? Did the president, himself, know?” a U.S. official who worked counterintelligence cases related to Russia told Circa.
And who headed the FBI at the time? Our hero in the current “Russian Election Meddling” probe, Robert Mueller. Who followed him into the FBI? James Comey, even as the CFIUS okayed the Uranium One deal.
It can’t get any better than that. Or can it?
In fact, it can.
The case being built against Mikerin in 2010 was under the supervision of Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein, then an Obama appointee who now serves as President Trump’s deputy attorney general.
And Mr. Rosenstein is the man who…
Picked Mueller to head the “Russian Probe.”
And one more thing with your order. It’s not new, but shouldn’t be lost in all the information about CFIUS, the FBI, Mueller, and the Clinton Cash circus.
As Investors.com reminds us, the lily-white, squeaky clean campaign head for Hillary C. was none other than John Podesta, of “Podesta Group” lobbying firm fame and who has had close ties to Russian energy for a while.
Hillary Clinton's campaign chief, John Podesta, served on the board of a small Russian energy company, Joule Unlimited, along with Russian officials. It took in $35 million from a Russian government fund, of course linked to Vladimir Putin. That money came just two months after Podesta joined the board.
So sleep tight, Americans. As always, your government and all its powerful agencies have been, and still are working diligently to “protect” you. Everything is okay. As Richard Butler said, “Open up your eyes just to check that you’re asleep again.”
The U.S. government has things under control.
(Cover photo credit: Gage Skidmore)
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