Hillary Clinton has only been a declared candidate for the presidency for less than a month, but her campaign is already facing another major scandal.
Only one month after Clinton was criticized for using a personal email account to conduct business with the U.S. State Department and then deleted thousands of emails, her presidential campaign is coming under attack with new allegations that link the Clinton Foundation to the sale of uranium production tools to the Russian government.
According to The New York Times, the sale of uranium “gave the Russians control of one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States.” Due to the level of seriousness and security that surrounded the sale, top government officials were required to supervise and sign off on the process, one of the officials being former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Records show $2.35 million was donated to the Clinton Foundation by the chief executive of Uranium One, a company made up of previous donors to former President Bill Clinton and later sold the company to the Russian government. Despite agreeing with President Barack Obama that all donors must be identified, the Clinton’s never revealed the information of the donors.
According to sources, Bill Clinton also received $500,000 to give a speech in Moscow; the money was given by a Russian investment bank that was financially benefiting from the sale and stock of Uranium One.
Details of the scandal have spread across the media like wildfire in recent days, and prominent figures from the left and right have weighed in on the matter. One of those figures is 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Romney says the scandal smacks of bribery.
“I mean, there is every appearance that Hillary Clinton was bribed to grease the sale of, what, 20 percent of America’s uranium production to Russia, and then it was covered up by lying about a meeting at her home with the principals, and by erasing emails,” Romney said. “And you know, I presume we might know for sure whether there was or was not bribery if she hadn’t wiped out thousands of emails. But this is a very, very serious series of facts, and it looks like bribery.”
This scandal continues in more detail in the new book “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich.” Written by conservative author Peter Schweizer, the book details more instances where the Clintons heavily profited from foreign investments, particularly when Hillary held her position as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.
A spokesman for the Clinton campaign tried to quell the scandal, saying there was not definitive proof of the family’s actions.
“(The sale) went through the usual process, and the official responsible for managing CFIUS reviews has stated that the secretary did not intervene with him. The book is twisting previously known facts into absurd conspiracy theories,” said spokesman Josh Schwerin.
The Clinton Foundation is also being criticized for allegedly misinforming the IRS on its tax returns.
“For three years in a row beginning in 2010, the Clinton Foundation reported to the IRS that it received zero in funds from foreign and U.S. governments, a dramatic fall-off from the tens of millions of dollars in foreign government contributions reported in preceding years. Those entries were errors, according to the foundation: several foreign governments continued to give tens of millions of dollars," Jonathan Allen of Reuters reported.
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