How Russia bought The Clintons: What you should know about “Uranium One”

How Russia bought The Clintons: What you should know about “Uranium One”

Hillary Clinton
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The Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, and records show a steady flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation,” The New York Times reports.

Here’s a breakdown:

• The Canadian company “Uranium One” owned uranium mines in both the US and Kazakhstan.

• Uranium One’s mines account for about 20% of the uranium mined in the United States. Uranium is used for nuclear weapons, and is therefore considered a strategic asset to the US.

• Russia’s state-owned atomic agency (Rosatom) bought a 17% share of Uranium One in June 2009.

• Then, in 2010, the Russian atomic agency decided it wanted to own 51% of Uranium One. To take control of Uranium One, it needed approval from a special State Department committee, which Hillary Clinton led at the time.

• From 2005 to 2011, investors in Uranium One poured money into the Clinton Foundation. On June 29, 2010, Bill Clinton was paid $500,000 to speak in Russia by an investment bank with ties to Russia’s government that had a buy rating on Uranium One’s stock.

• In January 2013, despite assurances to the contrary, a subsidiary of Rosatom took over 100% of the company and completely removed it from the Toronto Stock Exchange. It now had only one owner….Russia.

• Clinton was required to disclose all of her foundation’s contributors before she became secretary of state, but the Clintons did not disclose the millions donated by the chairman of Uranium One while the review of the deal was ongoing.

“Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million,” The New York Times reports. “Those contributions were hidden by the Clintons, despite an agreement Mrs. Clinton had made with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors. Many other people with ties to the company made donations as well.

This criminal activity involving the Clintons was uncovered by author named Peter Schweizer, who published his findings in his book “Clinton Cash”. A documentary film for the book debuted yesterday at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Clinton campaign and its allies have aggressively dismissed the book as partisan conspiracy-mongering, even though the facts have been documented by several different news agencies.

Uranium One’s involvement with the Clinto’s dates back to 2005, when former President Bill Clinton accompanied Canadian mining financier Frank Giustra to Kazakhstan, where they met with President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Soon after, Giustra’s company, UrAsia Energy (the predecessor to Uranium One) won stakes in three uranium mines controlled by Kazakhstan’s state-run uranium agency. Months after the deal, Giustra reportedly donated $31.3 million to Clinton’s foundation.

From beginning to end of this scheme, the Russians paid The Clintons nearly $35 million for their involvement in Uranium One,