No, Hillary Clinton did not give America’s uranium away to the Russians. Here’s the non-Fox News version, or what most of us call the truth.
In 2010, the board of a Canadian company, Uranium One, agreed to sell controlling interest to a subsidiary of the Russian nuclear energy agency, Rosatom. The deal was not very remarkable, nor the least bit controversial. Uranium One, among its many worldwide assets, owned two Uranium mining facilities in the US. The US is only a bit player in the worldwide Uranium industry. Selling a Russian company 20% of US uranium mining capacity is like selling 20% of the citrus trees in Antarctica.
The deal was approved unanimously by the 14 member Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States. One of the members of that group was then-Secretary of State Clinton. Among the safeguards in the deal was that no uranium produced by the two US facilities could be exported. The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission says to this day, no uranium mined at the US facilities has gone to Russia.
But what about that guy who donated money to the Clinton Foundation? That was Frank Giustra. He did, indeed, donate money to the Clinton’s charitable foundation. He once owned stock in Uranium One, but he sold it in 2007, before Barack Obama became president and before Hillary Clinton became Secretary of State. At the time of his donation, he had nothing to do with Uranium One nor its sale.
What about Fusion/GPS? They were hired to dig up dirt on Donald Trump by a Republican who wanted to make sure Trump didn’t get the GOP nomination. When it was clear that Trump would become the nominee, the Republican dropped the matter and the Democrats began paying the firm. As best I can tell, when it was a Republican-funded operation, it was OK, but when it became a Democratic-funded operation, it was a really big scandal. Nobody said Clinton scandals were supposed to make sense.
What about Whitewater? That one’s a little easier to explain. The Clintons bought some land in Arkansas and subdivided it. Right after that, the real estate market tanked, nobody bought the lots and they lost money. Later, their partner in the deal was convicted of some other things that had nothing to do with the land deal.
If I were the GOP, I’d check into whether Bill really didn’t inhale.