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We should all be focusing on the real Russia scandal: Uranium One

Mike Fullilove
Mike Fullilove amccoy@sunherald.com

There is a lot of stuff going on concerning “Russia investigations,” and it will continue for some time and we all may be quite surprised in the end. If that rascal Vladimir Putin’s desire was to mess with us and be in the American spotlight, I guess he has succeeded.

But let’s get one thing clear: The American voters elected Donald Trump as president, not Russia. Hillary Clinton was a terrible candidate and lost.

The Trump-Russia collusion investigation, led by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, has produced nothing of substance to date. The indictments handed down recently had nothing to do with Trump or Russia. Any investigations into Trump’s finances before he was a candidate are irrelevant. There will be more to come for sure, but there are other serious Russia scandals worth noting.

We recently found out that the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign paid for the fake Russian-Trump dossier being used in the Mueller investigation. A company named Fusion GPS, a commercial research and intelligence gathering firm in Washington, D.C., was paid handsomely to get dirt (excuse me, opposition research) on candidate Donald Trump.

Fusion hired a former British intelligence officer with Russian ties named Christopher Steele to produce the dossier. Nothing in the dossier has proven any “collusion” with the Russians by Trump to this point. We will hear more soon.

Another older scandal of great proportions called Uranium One has resurfaced from 2009-10. It involves Bill and Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama, Obama’s Attorney Generals Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, Mueller, current Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and former FBI Director James Comey. Can you believe it?

Uranium One has received virtually no press from the mainstream broadcast media.

The Uranium One scandal involves the transfer of access to 20 percent of America’s uranium in the United States to Rosatom, the Kremlin’s nuclear energy company. Why would anyone do that?

As they say, follow the money. Obama and Hillary Clinton were eager for a “Russian Reset.” Former President Bill Clinton was paid $500,000 for a speech to a Russian Bank in Moscow promoting Uranium One stock. Before, during, and after the sale of Uranium One to Rosatom, the Clinton Foundation reportedly received over $145 million in donations from nine Uranium One board members.

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States — a panel that included the State Department and Holder — approved the deal in 2010 even while Mueller and Justice Department lead investigator Rod Rosenstein were investigating Russians for bribes, kickbacks and money laundering with U.S. companies around the deal.

Mueller and Rosenstein never told Congress about the ongoing investigations that probably would have scuttled the deal. The DOJ under Holder and Lynch made the FBI undercover witness sign a nondisclosure agreement and threatened him with jail time if he went public with any of the information he had uncovered in the bribery and kickbacks probe. Trump’s DOJ has rescinded that nondisclosure agreement and this witness may soon testify before Congress.

I’d say something stinks. Andrew McCarthy’s article at National Review about Uranium One and the complicit Obama administration explains it all and is a must-read. Of course, Hillary Clinton calls it all “baloney.” Hopefully soon we will see whether it is baloney or steak.

Mike Fullilove of Long Beach writes about local, state and national issues from a conservative perspective.