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Trump's Defense On Russia: What About Clinton's Crimes? (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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President Donald Trump and his son, Eric Trump, alleged that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton committed crimes in response to the special counsel's probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 election (video below).

The president attacked Clinton and Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a tweet on July 25: "Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!"

The president provided no evidence of any alleged email or server crimes, but his son Eric parroted a similar line on July 26 during an interview on Fox News:

It's disheartening, at least for me to watch, the pile-on to him with nonsense Russia investigations. There's nothing there. We've said that a million times. Everybody said that. It is the greatest witch hunt of all time.

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But then you see the crimes that other people get away with. You look at Loretta Lynch, she hasn’t even been subpoenaed. How has Loretta Lynch not been subpoenaed? Where is she? Where are all these enraged senators?

... And what about Uranium One? Why has no one investigated Uranium One? What about the crimes perpetrated by the Clinton Foundation? And the millions given to Saudi Arabia and everything else? When are people going to start going after that? Aside from the leakers and everything else. It seems like this is a one-way pile on. And I think that's probably my father's frustration. Where is the other side when there are legitimate crimes over there that everybody has proof about?

Uranium One is a debunked theory that Clinton, when she was secretary of state, approved a deal that gave Russian company Uranium One ownership of one-fifth of U.S. uranium deposits in a quid pro quo exchange for $145 million in donations to the Clinton Foundation.

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According to the fact-checking web site Snopes, the theory appeared in a 2015 book by Peter Schweizer, who used to be an editor-at-large at Breitbart News: "Hillary Clinton’s State Department approved the transfer of 20% of America’s uranium holdings to Russia, while nine investors in the deal funneled $145 million to the Clinton Foundation."

Snopes notes that Clinton didn't actually have the power to make the approval herself. Clinton was one of nine Cabinet members who were part of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Ultimately, then-President Barack Obama was the one with the final say, not Clinton.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a statement: "Neither Uranium One nor ARMZ holds an NRC export license, so no uranium produced at either facility may be exported."

According to Snopes, $131.3 million of the $145 million allegedly donated to the Clinton Foundation came from Uranium One founder Frank Giustra, who sold all of his shares of the company three years before the uranium deal and about 18 months before Clinton was named secretary of state. Among the other donors, only Ian Telfer, Uranium One's chairman, reportedly gave money to the Clinton Foundation during the time the deal was made.

PolitiFact notes that Saudi Arabia gave between $10 million and $25 million to the Clinton Foundation, which was reported in December 2008, before Clinton became secretary of state.

Clinton Foundation spokesman Brian Cookstra has said that Saudi Arabia did not donate to the foundation while Clinton was secretary of state.

Sources: Donald Trump/Twitter, Snopes, Fox News via YouTube, PolitiFact / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr, Rich Girard/Flickr, Karen Murphy/Flickr

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