Ever since author and Breitbart News senior editor Peter Schweizer released the 2015 book “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich,” the involvement of the now Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is being met with criticism.
Hillary had given her approval to sell Uranium One, a company responsible for the production of a fifth of U.S. uranium, to the Russian atomic agency Rosatom.
As reported by Market Watch, Hillary and former President Bill Clinton, in turn, were given large payoffs from the Kremlin and related interests, the publication further notes.
One of these included a speaker fee amounting to $500,000 given to Bill from a Moscow based investment bank.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump also criticized Hillary for her involvement in the scandal. He said the deal was an example of “Clinton Corruption.”
“As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton signed off on a deal allowing Russians to take… control of about 20% of America’s uranium supply to the Russians,” Trump said.
The New York Times also covered the scandal in a 2015 story. The story, which was based on a preview of the book “Clinton Cash,” said it “scrutinized his [Schweizer’s] information and built upon it with its own reporting.”
The State Department was one of multiple agencies responsible for evaluating and approving the uranium deal.
According to the New York Times, “The ultimate authority to approve or reject the Russian acquisition rested with the cabinet officials on the foreign investment committee, including Mrs. Clinton — whose husband was collecting millions in donations from people associated with Uranium One.”
Brian Fallon, national press secretary for Hillary’s 2016 campaign, denied any involvement of the presidential nominee.
“The essential fact is that Hillary Clinton was not involved in the State Department’s review of the sale to the Russians,” Fallon wrote in a blogpost on Medium.
“While it is true that the State Department sits on the multi-agency, inter-governmental panel that reviews deals like this one, Hillary Clinton herself did not participate in the review or direct the Department to take any position on the sale of Uranium One.”