Skip to comments.Clinton Foundation Linked To Russian Effort To Buy Uranium Company (Flashback 4/23/2015)
Posted on 02/08/2018 8:08:57 AM PST by bitt
NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Jo Becker of The New York Times about Russia's foray into the U.S. uranium market and how the Clinton Foundation may have facilitated and benefited from it.
ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:
Hillary Clinton says the State Department, when she was secretary, did not do favors for foreign interests in exchange for donations to the Clinton Foundation. She was denying accusations in a forthcoming book titled "Clinton Cash: The Untold Story Of How And Why Foreign Governments And Businesses Helped Make Bill And Hillary Rich." The author is a former fellow at the conservative Hoover Institution. The Clinton camp calls it an attack and a distraction. Well The New York Times reports today on certain donations to the Foundation, and also a half-a-million-dollar speaker's fee to former President Bill Clinton back in 2005. And the report links those payments to parties with an interest in getting the U.S. government to approve foreign ownership of some American uranium mines. Jo Becker is one of The New York Times reporters who wrote this story. Welcome to the program.
JO BECKER: Thanks so much for having me.
SIEGEL: This is a very complicated tale that we can't do full justice to in the few minutes we have, so give us a nutshell summary. First, who wanted what from the U.S. government?
BECKER: A company named Uranium One based in Canada needed approval to sell a 51-percent stake of the company to an arm of the Russian government called Rosatom.
SIEGEL: And the company Uranium One owned uranium mines in the United States.
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But Clinton is now saying, Trump is interfering with the investigation aimed toward him, for Russian connections? This is crazy! Someone has to sort this stuff out, and tell the truth. The media is too pro-Democrat Party to report truthful information. The media is too biased against Trump.
Yes,and they neglected the trip Bubba took to Kazakstan with Peter Giustra to get rights to their uranium from a crooked dictator there.
It’s so freaking obvious what’s going on here,CORUPTION,PAYOFFS.
These Hillary apologists keep saying,well it was not Hillary who signed off on the deal,of course,check out her second in command who did,he is in John Podestas emails,gushing about how much he wants Hillary to be President and what can he do to HELP HER,now we know what he did for her
They will need to hang Hillary with a steel cable. Rope just won’t hold that kind of weight.
...and, as always, the Clintons got away with it.
It’s all projection: accuse your enemy of that which you are doing. Unfortunately, many millions of people eat it up
He’s sleeping. Or going after marijuana users. Because marijuana is more important than jailing people that threatened our national security.
great gif - I’m stealing it... :)
just for use in our mission, of course...
Drag a 20$ bill through DC ........
I just heard an audio of Hillary herself, forcefully saying that she was not in the room when the heads of nine agencies were there to approve the uranium deal. She is heard pleading that it was someone else from State that was there.
I heard it on Lou Dobbs, with David Asman as host and Ed Rollins said and I agree...SHE SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE, SHE WAS SECRETARY OF STATE.
Personally, I don’t believe anyone else from State gave approval. This was too big. It was she who gave the approval. And I so hope they can prove it.
This was on NPR? (Reaches out for fainting couch) Breathlessly I await the second-day follow-up story, picked up by AP
The report....From Russia With Money Hillary Clinton, the Russian Reset and Cronyism.....
raises serious questions about the cash connections between the Clintons and participants in Hillary's
State Department-eras failed five-year effort to improve, or reset, US-Russia relations.
A Moscow-based Silicon Valley-styled developer of biomed, space, nuclear and IT technologies called Skolkovo allegedly poured tens of millions of dollars into the Clinton Foundation.
Hillary Clinton was at the center of these efforts author Peter Schweizer argues. Of the 28 US, European and Russian companies that participated in Skolkovo, 17 of them were Clinton Foundation donors or sponsored speeches by former President Bill Clinton, Schweizer told The NY Post.
<><> Hillary presented the flawed "reset button" to Russia in 2009.
<><> Circa 2010--Ex-Pres Clinton is in Moscow having a laugh w/ Putin. Bill also got a 500,000 speaking fee in Moscow.
<><> A Jan 2014 document shows that Hillary's campaign chair, John Podesta, transferred more than 25,000 of 75,000 shares in a Russian company to Leonidio Holdings LLC, an address listed as his daughter Megan Rouses Shannon Court home in Dublin. Rouse operates Megan Rouse Financial Planning from that same address.
NOTE......after the Hillary email fiasco, the FBI expanded its email probe to include the possible intersection of Clinton Foundation and State Dept business.
<><> Then-SoS Hillary approved a deal that allowed Russia to acquire 20 percent of all US uranium production capacity.....entities with vested interests in seeing the deal go through donated $2.5 million to the Clintons......
<><> before the uranium deal was finalized (as insurance?) Bill Clinton gave a speech in Moscow, and was paid a cool $500,000.
NYT REPORT: As the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation.
Uranium One Company chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million. Those contributions were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons, despite an agreement Mrs. Clinton had struck with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors. Other people with ties to the company made donations, as well.
The NYT report noted that these uranium investors also donated to the Clinton Foundation, as follows:
<><> Canadian mining mogul, Frank Giustra, globe-trotting pal of Bill donated $31.3 million and a pledge for $100 million more to the Clinton Foundation. Giustra built a company that later merged with Uranium One. Seems to have facilitated the uranium sell-off.
<><> Canadian Ian Telferdonated $2.35 million to the Clinton Foundation. Mining investor who was chairman of Uranium One when an arm of the Russian government, Rosatom, acquired it.
<><>Paul Reynoldsdonated $1 million to $5 million to the Clinton Foundation Adviser on 2007 UrAsia-Uranium One merger. Later helped raise $260 million for the company.
<><>Frank Holmes-donated $250,000 to $500,000 to the Clinton Foundation. Chief Executive of U.S. Global Investors Inc., which held $4.7 million in Uranium One shares in the first quarter of 2011.
<><> Canadian Neil Woodyer-Founded Endeavour Mining with Giustradonated $50,000 to $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation. Adviser to Uranium One.
<><> GMP Securities Ltd.-Donating portion of profits to the Clinton Foundation. Worked on debt issue that raised $260 million for Uranium One. (could also be part of the money-laundering apparat---aided and abetted under cover of the "do-good foundations."
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev greets former
president Clinton (L) in Almaty on September 6, 2005.
NOTE Kazakh is remembered as the last state to peel off from the USSR.
CIRCA 2015 A Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter claims that former President Bill Clinton falsely denied hosting a meeting with Kazakh officials when she tried to write a story that involved his foundation several years ago.
Jo Becker, who works on the newspaper's investigative desk, said Clinton only confirmed the meeting took place after she informed him there were photographs.
Clinton's role in a deal that involved Kazakhstan, the Russian government, and a man (Giustra) who donated millions to the president's charitable foundation were detailed in a story Becker published on Thursday.
That article revisited some of her earlier reporting and included information from the upcoming book "Clinton Cash," which is generating widespread headlines amid a flurry of reports suggesting it will raise serious questions about Clinton's family foundation.
The donor in question is Canadian mining executive Frank Giustra, a longtime friend of the former president who has given tens of millions to the Clinton Foundation in the past few years. (A couple of hours after the NYT story was published, Giustra issued a defiant statement. We've included that below.)
Becker initially wrote about the February 2007 meeting between Clinton, Giustra, and executives from the state-owned nuclear company Kazatomprom in 2008. The gathering took place at Clinton's home in Chappaqua, New York.
"When I first contacted both the Clinton foundation Mr. Clinton's spokesman and Mr. Giustra, they denied any such meeting ever took place," Becker recalled in footage aired by Fox News on Thursday. However, Becker said Clinton and Giustra both changed their stories after she confronted them with evidence to the contrary.
"And then when we told them, 'Well we already talked to the head of Kazatomprom, who not only told us all about the meeting, but actually has a picture of him and Bill at the home in Chappaqua, and that he proudly displayed on his office wall.' They then acknowledged that yes, the meeting had taken place," Becker continued in the television interview.
The purpose of the meeting, then Kazatomprom President Moukhtar Dzhakishev told The Times, was to discuss Kazakhstan potentially buying a 10% stake in Westinghouse, a US nuclear company. Becker's 2008 story also noted one of Giustra's companies secured a deal to buy uranium deposits from Kazatomprom in 2005.
That agreement was made after Clinton accompanied Giustra on a trip to Kazakhstan. During the trip, Giustra and Clinton met with Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Clinton issued a public statement praising the Kazakh leader despite his questionable, antidemocratic record. The Times called the praise a "propaganda coup" for Nazarbayev. (he later "won relection" w/ an unbelievable 90% of the vote)
"Just months after the Kazakh pact was finalized, Mr. Clinton's charitable foundation received its own windfall: a $31.3 million donation from Mr. Giustra that had remained a secret until he acknowledged it last month. The gift, combined with Mr. Giustras more recent and public pledge to give the William J. Clinton Foundation an additional $100 million, secured Mr. Giustra a place in Mr. Clintons inner circle," wrote Becker and another reporter, Don Van Natta.
A spokesperson for the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership told Business Insider they are "working on a formal statement" in response to a request for comment on Thursday. Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership is an initiative of the Clinton Foundation that was cofounded by Clinton and Giustra in 2007. A Clinton Foundation spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.
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