Clinton: Threat Of Special Counsel For Uranium Deal Is 'Politicization' Of DOJ

Faith Castro
November 18, 2017

In an interview with Mother Jones, Clinton directly confronted the idea, which she said, if carried out, would oppose the American values that she promoted when she was Secretary of State. He and others have pointed to some of the investors in the deal and their ties to former President Bill Clinton and his foundation.

Allegations have also been made that the approval of the sale of Uranium One benefited major donors to the Clinton Foundation, raising conflict-of-interest questions. "It could do neither", Smith said.

These types of messages push twisted, convoluted narratives that are hard to understand but imply that Clinton made a shady uranium deal with Russian Federation. "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 Russian Federation". Giustra has said he sold his stake in the deal in 2007, while Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were vying for the Democratic presidential nomination.

But the story has been debunked by multiple media outlets already.

During an exclusive interview with Mother Jones Wednesday, Clinton said reports that the attorney general had asked top prosecutors to look into appointing a special counsel to probe the sale of a uranium company to Russian Federation represented a "politicization of the Justice Department". Trump tweeted at the end of October.

If prosecutors do appoint a special counsel, speculation could arise with regards to the independence of federal investigations under President Trump.

A day before Manafort's arrest, Trump said that the approval of the uranium sale is just one reason why Clinton should be investigated and, in a tweet, urged Republicans to "DO SOMETHING!"

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"Shep is a friend, I like him, but he's so anti-Trump", said Hannity, who typically sides with the president.

CNN reports that hours after Smith's comments, Fox news host Sean Hannity used an elaborate chart on a in an attempt to "untangle the giant web of Clinton scandals and corruption".

Late last week, members of the Freedom Caucus argued in congress that the Uranium One deal disqualifies special counsel Robert Mueller from leading the investigation into whether the Trump campaign assisted Russian Federation in its efforts to interfere in the 2016 election.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that an investigation into her involvement with the sale of Uranium One to Russia's Rosatom would be "like some dictatorship" where political opponents are "unfairly, fraudulently investigated".

Only the president has the power to stop a sale, if any member of the committee objects to it. Clinton, who was secretary of State at the time, was represented on the committee by an assistant secretary, who said she never intervened in the deliberations, reports FactCheck.org.

Many were surprised when Smith took five minutes to explain the story on Fox News. He is an anchor on the network.

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