‘THE BIGGEST STORY’: Trump blasts ‘fake news’ for covering up Clinton’s role in Uranium One

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.

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FEDS EYE CLINTON: FBI reopens probe of Lynch/Clinton meeting

Washington, D.C. — The FBI has reconsidered it’s stance on a request for records relating to the now infamous tarmac meeting between former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former president Bill Clinton, says American Center for Law and Justice President Jay Sekulow.

Sekulow reveled the new developments in the case while appearing Wednesday on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” (http://video.foxnews.com/v/5542555329001/?#sp=show-clips) confirming that the FBI sent him a letter saying it had reopened his Freedom of Information Act request for documents related to the June 2016 meeting in Arizona.

The tarmac meeting outraged Republicans who alleged that Lynch’s meeting with Clinton, who’s wife Hillary was at the time the subject of an ongoing criminal probe into her use of a private server to store and send classified emails, was inappropriate.

One week after the meeting, then-FBI Director James Comey called out Clinton’s actions as “extremely careless” but declined to recommend charges. The criminal investigation was closed shortly thereafter. Both Lynch and Clinton claimed at the time that the meeting on the tarmac of a Phoenix airport was coincidental and that the criminal probe into the former Secretary of State was not discussed.

“While we appreciate that the FBI has ‘reopened’ the case file and is now ‘searching’ for documents responsive to our duly submitted FOIA request from more than a year ago, it stretches the bounds of credulity to suggest that the FBI bureaucracy just discovered that ‘potentially responsive’ records ‘may exist’ on its own accord,” Sekulow said in a released statement (https://aclj.org/government-corruption/breaking-fbi-reopening-aclj-foia-request-on-clinton-lynch-meeting-after-being-caught-in-a-lie).

“The FBI’s letter – dated one week after we publicly excoriated the FBI for lying to us when the Comey-led FBI told us last October that it had “no” records responsive to our request – now states that “records potentially responsive to your request may exist,” the statement continues.

“It is unbelievable that the FBI bureaucracy still only admits that some documents “may exist. We know they exist,” the statement went on.

Sekulow, said the ACLJ will continue to “press on in our legal fight to ensure that the details of the secret Clinton-Lynch meeting and the subsequent cover-up and withholding of information from the public comes to light.”

He added that his organization will continue to “legally hold the FBI’s feet to the fire” and that he is “willing to go to court to get (the records) if necessary.”

Upon being fired by President Trump partly due to his handling of the Clinton investigation, Comey told a congressional panel that Lynch directed him to describe the email probe as a “matter” and not an “investigation” and that the tarmac meeting was a “deciding factor” in his decision making in regard to the case.

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JUDICIAL WATCH: LORETTA LYNCH USED ALIAS IN EMAILS ABOUT CLINTON TARMAC MEETING

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former attorney general Loretta Lynch used the alias “Elizabeth Carlisle” in email discussions regarding her now infamous tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton, reports Judicial Watch.

Lynch, who served as AG under Barack Obama’s administration during the FBI’s probe into then Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, met with former president Clinton at a Phoenix, Arizona airport just before the FBI announced it would not recommend charges against Donald Trump’s political rival.

Although the meeting raised many eyebrows in both legal and political circles, both Lynch and Clinton claimed at that time that the meeting was accidental and that the probe into whether Hillary Clinton had revealed classified information when using private email servers while secretary of state was never discussed.

However, new documents obtained by conservative watchdog groups Judicial Watch and American Center for Law and Justice reveal that Lynch used the alias “Elizabeth Carlisle” in discussing the controversy surrounding the meeting and how to best respond to the growing media frenzy surrounding it (http://media.aclj.org/pdf/Clinton-Lynch-Documents-1.pdf).

The emails were included in 413 pages obtained as a result of a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch seeking information about the June 27, 2016 meeting. Although Lynch officially denied any wrongdoing, it was later revealed that Lynch took great efforts to conceal the meeting, which was discovered by a reporter in Phoenix based on a tip.

After learning of the meeting, the Phoenix’s ABC News affiliate contacted the Justice Department to inquire about the possible conflict of interest. The Judicial Watch emails reveal that the reporter’s call touched off a mass panic to develop talking points to help quell the developing scandal.

In a statement, Lynch’s attorney, Robert Raben, confirmed to The Daily Caller (http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/07/here-is-the-alias-email-account-loretta-lynch-used-as-attorney-general/) on Monday that Lynch, in fact, used the pseudonym for the purpose of security, but denied any iniquity.

“That address was and is known to the individuals who process [Freedom of Information Act] requests; the practice, similar to using initials or numbers in an email, helps guard against security risks and prevent inundation of mailboxes,” Raben said.

When pushed for details on what was discussed during her meeting with Bill Clinton, Lynch claimed the two kept the conversation “light” and primarily discussed each other’s grandchildren.

It was later pointed out by critics of the story that Lynch, who has no children of her own, had no grandchildren to discuss.

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THE ART OF THE DEAL: TRUMP ANNOUNCES PLANS TO RENEGOTIATE NAFTA

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Despite the controversies surrounding the White House this week, president Trump says he plans on sticking to business as usual when it comes to making America great again and that includes, he says, renegotiating NAFTA.

Following up on his campaign promise to do so, the president notified Congress on Thursday that he intends to enter into renegotiation with Mexico and Canada on the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Speaking on the president’s behalf, newly confirmed United States trade representative Robert Lighthizer notified congressional leaders courtesy a two page memo that the president intends to overhaul the 23-year-old contract, which Trump referred to as “the worst trade deal ever.”

“We are going to give renegotiation a good strong shot,” Lighthizer said in the letter. But the representative refused to comment on whether or not the president would pull out of NAFTA all together should his desired terms and conditions not be met.

“Since the signing of NAFTA, we have seen our manufacturing industry decimated, factories shuttered, and countless workers left jobless,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement. “President Trump is going to change that.”

In response to the announcement, both Mexico and Canada indicated that they would welcome the opportunity to renegotiate the agreement if it meant that the pact, which was entered into by then president Bill Clinton in 1994, could benefit all nations involved.

“We look forward to working with the administration to strengthen the agreement in a seamless way and ensure that we retain the current benefits for American workers, farmers and businesses,” Texas Republican Rep. Kevin Brady, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said in a statement.

Since the agreement was entered into, American farmers have primarily benefited from the reduction in trade barriers. But critics say the pact encouraged American manufacturers to relocate some operations to Mexico to take advantage of cheaper labor, resulting in the loss of much needed U.S. manufacturing jobs.

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