WASHINGTON, D.C.– President Donald Trump on Thursday criticized the mainstream media for hush hushing a newly unveiled scandal involving Hillary Clinton’s dealings with Russia.
Referencing a reported uranium deal between a Russian company, Clinton and key members of the Obama administration, Trump said “fake news” networks were scheming to keep the developing story from the American people.
“Uranium deal to Russia, with Clinton help and Obama administration knowledge, is the biggest story that Fake Media doesn’t want to follow!” the president tweeted (https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/920972261032648705?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.foxnews.com%2Fpolitics%2F2017%2F10%2F19%2Ftrump-blasts-fake-media-for-ignoring-russia-uranium-deal-sealed-with-clinton-help.html).
The controversy surrounds a report published Tuesday by The Hill (http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/355749-fbi-uncovered-russian-bribery-plot-before-obama-administration) which claimed the FBI had obtained evidence as far back as 2009 suggesting that Russian operatives had used bribes, kickbacks and other unlawful methods to expand Russia’s atomic presence in the U.S. — but the Obama administration knowingly approved a uranium deal that benefitted Moscow anyway.
The president’s outrage comes one day after Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, (R)-Iowa, announced he has opened an investigation into the matter and demanded that federal agencies disclose what they knew of the corruption prior to the Obama administration’s approval of the uranium deal with Moscow.
Grassley said the Russian acquisition in 2010 of Uranium One raised “national security concerns” because it “effectively ceded” 20 percent of US uranium production capability to Russia.
He also said “millions of dollars” to the Clinton Foundation from backers of the deal could have coerced the approval.
“The sale of Uranium One resulted in a Russian government takeover of a significant portion of US uranium mining capacity,” Grassley wrote in a letter to Homeland Security. “In light of that fact, very serious questions remain about the basis for the finding that this transaction did not threaten to impair US national security.”
The Clinton Foundation received “millions of dollars” from willing parties in the Uranium One transaction and former President Bill Clinton received $500,000 for a speech in Moscow from a Russian government-aligned bank, Grassley said, citing official reports.
“This fact pattern raises serious concerns about improper political influence on the process by the Clintons during the Obama administration,” Grassley concluded.