Trump Pushes Old Debunked Clinton-Uranium Conspiracy Theory
President Donald Trump tried to revive a debunked conspiracy theory that he spread about Hillary Clinton in 2016: Clinton approved a sale of the 20 percent of the U.S. uranium supply to a Russian company, Uranium One, as a bribe for donations to the Clinton Foundation from Uranium One executives:
Uranium deal to Russia, with Clinton help and Obama Administration knowledge, is the biggest story that Fake Media doesn’t want to follow!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 19, 2017
The fact-checking website Snopes noted that Trump’s claim was false, and stemmed from a book written by Peter Schweizer, editor-at-large at the right-wing Breitbart News.
Trump pushed the same lie in June 2016 during a campaign speech:
Hillary Clinton’s State Department approved the transfer of 20% of America’s uranium holdings to Russia, while nine investors in the deal funneled $145 million to the Clinton Foundation.
In reality, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton didn’t have the power to approve the deal, reported PolitiFact:
“Clinton was secretary of state at the time, but she didn’t have the power to approve or reject the deal. The State Department was only one of nine federal agencies that signed off on the deal, and only President Barack Obama had the power to veto it.”
Another problem is the timing of the deal, noted Snopes:
“Of the $145 million allegedly contributed to the Clinton Foundation by Uranium One investors, the lion’s share — $131.3 million — came from a single donor, Frank Giustra, the company’s founder. But Giustra sold off his entire stake in the company in 2007, three years before the Russia deal and at least 18 months before Clinton became secretary of state.”
“Of the remaining individuals connected with Uranium One who donated to the Clinton Foundation, only one was found to have contributed during the same time frame that the deal was taking place, according to The New York Times — Ian Telfer, the company’s chairman.”