President Donald Trump says former President Bill Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, should be investigated for their ties to a deal involving Russia from two years ago.
The House and Senate Intelligence Committees, in addition to the FBI, are investigating Russia's alleged attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and any possible connections between Russia and the Trump campaign.
In a series of tweets on March 27, Trump wrote: "Why isn't the House Intelligence Committee looking into the Bill & Hillary deal that allowed big Uranium to go to Russia, Russian speech .. .money to Bill, the Hillary Russian 'reset,' praise of Russia by Hillary, or Podesta Russian Company. Trump Russia story is a hoax. #MAGA!"
It is not the first time Trump has made the accusation, the Daily Mail reports. While campaigning in September 2016, he claimed that Hillary "gave up 20 per cent of America's uranium supply to Russia…. You know what people do with uranium, don’t you? It’s called nuclear. Twenty per cent. They could have never done it without her."
The reference is to a deal involving the Russian atomic energy agency and several U.S. federal agencies, including the State Department under Clinton.
The deal had to be approved by the nine members of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, observes CNN. As secretary of state, Hillary had to sign off on the deal, as did the secretaries of the Treasury, Defense, Justice, Commerce, Energy and Homeland Security -- in addition to the heads of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the Office of Science and Technology Policy. It also had to be approved by the independent Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Utah’s nuclear regulator.
The deal involved Russia's gradual takeover of a company with significant U.S. uranium assets, noted PolitiFact at the time Trump first made the accusation. The company, Uranium One, has mines, mills and tracts of land in several U.S. states equal to about 20 percent of the U.S.' uranium production capacity. However, Russia does not have the licenses to export uranium outside the United States.
Trump's citation of a "Russian speech" refers to a Russian investment bank that was part of the deal, and which paid Bill Clinton for a speech, notes CNN. His mention of "Podesta Russian Company" refers to former Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta having been a member of the board of a Russian energy company. The remark about "Hillary Russian reset" refers to the Clinton State Department's attempt to "reset" its relationship with Russia in an attempt to get the Kremlin on board with former President Barack Obama's Iran nuclear deal.