Fox News host Shep Smith devoted a full six minutes to the Uranium One story on his show Tuesday, in a segment that he saw as a debunking of the alleged Clinton scandal — and a moment that left viewers irate and flabbergasted.
“If true, the donation to the Clinton Foundation from confirmed Uranium One investors dropped from more than $145 million to $4 million. The Clinton Foundation did not disclose those donations. After a New York Times story exposed them, the foundation reported they made mistakes, saying they disclosed money from a Canadian charity but did not specify the names of the donors to the charity… Even so, the accusation is predicated on the charge that Secretary Clinton approved the sale. 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. That is Uranium One.”
Fox News viewers fired back on Twitter after the remarks.
The Uranium One scandal has regularly been covered on Fox News, especially on shows like “Hannity,” making Smith’s comments that much more interesting. However, the host has not been shy about being a contrarian at the channel, as he routinely lambasted President Trump during the campaign and continues to be intensely critical and at times tough and cheek.
Liberals on Twitter praised Smith for his actions:
The Uranium One story took on new life after a recent report from The Hill that said the FBI was investigating possible Russian attempts to influence the U.S. nuclear sector at the time that the committee CFIUS was considering the sale of Uranium One to Rosatom, a Russian firm.