Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defended herself against allegations that she influenced the Uranium One deal in exchange for donations to her husband's foundation. President Donald Trump and his allies calling for a special investigation into the matter, she said, is "an abuse of power."
"I regret deeply that this appears to be the politicization of the Justice Department and our justice system," the former Democratic presidential candidate told Mother Jones in an interview released on Nov. 15. "This Uranium One story has been debunked countless times by members of the press, by independent experts. It is nothing but a false charge that the Trump administration is trying to drum up to avoid attention being drawn to them."
Clinton was referring to the selling of Canadian-based Uranium One, a company that conducts a fair amount of mining in the U.S., notes Politico.
Following approval by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, it was purchased in 2010 by Russian company Rosatom, and as such, Rosatom took control of approximately 20 percent of America's uranium production abilities.
However, many Republicans believe that since some of the owners of Uranium One donated a combined $145 million to the Clinton Foundation, she pushed the sale through in exchange for the cash.
As such, some Washington officials have called for a special prosecutor to probe the issue and determine whether or not Clinton accepted a bribe.
"This is such an abuse of power, and it goes right at the rule of law," Clinton told Mother Jones of the calls for the federal investigation. "As secretary of state, I went around the world bragging about America's rule of law … If they send a signal that we're going to be like some dictatorship, like some authoritarian regime, where political opponents are going to be unfairly, fraudulently investigated, that rips at the fabric of the contract we have, that we can trust our justice system."
Should the investigation proceed, Clinton said it would be "incredibly demoralizing" to former Justice Department employees of all political affiliations "because they know better."
"It will also send a terrible signal to our country and the world that somehow we are giving up on the kind of values that we used to live by and we used to promote worldwide," she added.
However, she said she is "not concerned" about a potential investigation, since "there is no basis to it."
"And at the end of the day, nothing will come of it, but it will cause a lot of terrible consequences that we might live with for a really long time," she said.