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Shepard Smith Infuriates Conservative With Hillary Uranium One Story

Fox News’ resident liberal anchor Shepard Smith infuriated viewers with a six-minute segment aiming to debunk the connection between Hillary Clinton and the Uranium One scandal.

As we reported on October 18th“the Obama administration was well aware that the Russians used bribery, kickbacks, and extortion to get a stake in the U.S. atomic energy industry, but still approved the 2010 deal giving Moscow control of one-fifth of America’s uranium. And not only did the Obama administration know about the crimes – they actively covered them up.” Two separate GOP-led panels are launching probes of the Obama-era uranium deal.

That was in reference to the explosive revelations that a foundation run by the chairman of Uranium One gave the Clinton Foundation millions while Hillary’s State Department gave its approval to the company’s purchase of U.S. uranium. The Russian state atomic agency Rosatom purchased its majority stake in the Vancouver-based company during a years-long process from 2009-2011, which were the same years that Hillary was Secretary of State. Former President Bill Clinton also received one of his highest speaking fees, $500,000, in June 2010 in Moscow for addressing an investment bank linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin.

Naturally, Trump was all over the news:

But Shep is saying otherwise. According to the Daily Mail, “Shepard Smith infuriated a large number of the network’s viewers on Tuesday after a six-minute segment in which he attempted to debunk so-called conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton’s alleged wrongdoing in a sale of American uranium. The segment was surprising given that a number of broadcasters on Smith’s own network have promoted the idea that Clinton broke the law in approving the sale to foreign buyers who also donated to her husband’s foundation.”

More: “Smith said many claims about Clinton’s supposed role in the uranium sale were ‘inaccurate’ – even as President Donald Trump and his supporters are calling for a federal investigation.”

Smith began the segment by summarizing the details of the sale of Uranium One, the aforementioned Canadian firm that held the rights to mine U.S uranium, and that the main allegation against Clinton boiled down to “‘Nine people [who were] involved in the deal made donations to the Clinton Foundation totaling more than $140 million.”

He continued, stating that “In exchange, Secretary of State [Hillary] Clinton approved the sale to the Russians, a quid-pro-quo. The accusation first made by Peter Schweizer, the senior editor-at-large of the website Breitbart in his 2015 book ‘Clinton Cash.’ The next year, candidate Donald Trump cited the accusation as an example of Clinton corruption.”

Smith then claimed that the accusations couldn’t be true because “The Clinton State Department had no power to veto or approve that transaction.” He continued, “She did not. 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 US to Russia.”

As the National Review’s Andrew McCarthy noted, however, there are plenty of proven factoids in the scandal uncovered that prove there was at least some sort of Clinton collusion in the deal. He writes,

In 2005, Bill personally intervened with the despicable Kazakh dictator, Nursultan Nazarbayev, to grant uranium mining rights to Clinton’s major Canadian benefactor, Frank Giustra. This led to tens of millions of dollars pouring into the Clinton Foundation, and to Giustra’s merging his company (Ur-Asia Energy) into Uranium One – a deal valued at $3.5 billion. Later, when Putin leaned on Nazarbayev to put Uranium One’s holdings in jeopardy of seizure, putting downward pressure on its stock value, Hillary’s State Department immediately mobilized – mediating a deal that gave Rosatom a minority stake in Uranium One. Then, when the Kremlin wanted Rosatom to have a controlling interest in Uranium One, CFIUS signed off on the deal. We now know that, around the time that sign-off was under consideration, millions more in related donations were made to the Clinton Foundation and Bill was given $500,000 for a single speech by a Kremlin-tied financial institution. In addition, the Justice Department had a prosecutable racketeering/extortion/money-laundering case against Rosatom’s U.S. subsidiary. Bringing the case at that point would have made the transfer of U.S. uranium assets to Rosatom politically impossible (Republicans in Congress, though they knew nothing about the investigation, were already grousing about the transfer to Russia). Instead, the Justice Department sat on the investigation for four years – even as Rosatom’s U.S. subsidiary continued actively corrupting the U.S. energy sector. Here, it is worth pointing out that the Attorney General (then, Eric Holder), like the Secretary of State (then, Hillary Clinton) sat on CFIUS; yet, neither appears to have taken any action to stop the transfer of U.S. uranium assets to Rosatom.

Viewers let Shep have it over Twitter:

Sad to think that the smoking gun in this scandal could possibly have existed on one of the 30,000+ private emails Hillary deleted, isn’t it?

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