That “scandalous” HRC
Starting in 2009 and running forward all the way to 2013, Rosatom, a Russian nuclear energy company began buying up shares of Uranium One, a Canadian uranium producing company. Coincidentally, entities in Russia were making donations to the Clinton Foundation. On superficial examination, this could plausibly be seen as a kind of quid por quo arrangement, especially since HRC was our Secretary of State during the period in question. Conservatives argued that she “gave away the ranch” (uranium) in return for the aforementioned donations. How dare she!!! “Crooked HRC; lock her up” !!
The problem with this conservative meme is that the bit-by-bit sale of Uranium One to Rosatom was approved, not by HRC, but by eight separate US governmental agencies, not including the State Department. Furthermore, no direct evidence could be found of an operating quid por quo collusion.
What is also conveniently slipping conservatives’ minds is that by 2010, the GOP had taken control of the House. From that point forward right up to the present, its representatives had an abundance of opportunities to probe the same deal. They demurred, choosing instead to grill HRC over the tragedy in Benghazi, Libya. This demonstrable indifference to the Uranium One sale persisted until recently, a topic we turn to next.
Mueller and Comey as HRC’s “protectors”
As Special Prosecutor (SP) Mueller’s investigation into Trump/Russia collusion has picked up steam, conservatives have turned their attention back to Uranium one. The interest here is not so much in digging up dirt on HRC as in tarnishing the reputation of the FBI and Justice Department who stand accused of botching not just the investigation of Uranium One, but that of HRC’s e-mail traffic that was sent and received via her private server.
The conservative narrative that has emerged is that Mueller and Comey were not only good friends, but both HRC supporters who conspired to shield her from anything that might damage her chances of winning the presidency in 2016. So, they allegedly saw to it that no charges were filed against HRC in either matter (1)
Here again, we have to dig into conservatives’ “Oh never mind” file to discover what they have omitted from their conspiracy theory: If Comey is such a committed protector of HRC, why did he violate strict FBI guidelines and re-open the investigation into her e-mails/server just days before the election (2)? By no stretch of the imagination could this have improved the candidate’s electoral chances.
Comey’s action, now a verifiable part of recent history, blows a gaping hole in conservatives’ dark speculation which is further damaged by Trump himself who stated publicly that it “…took a lot of guts….” for Comey to do what he did.
Well, hell, if Trump said it….
Yesterday, as he left the White House for a speaking engagement, 45 loudly and repeatedly announced that the theory that there had been collusion between his administration and Russia has “…not been proven….” What qualifies this as an item for the “Oh never mind” conservative file is that Trump chose to ignore the fact that as this blog is being typed, there are three active investigations into what he claims is an over-and-done with matter (3). Conservatives could clean up 45’s memory lapse by adding the word “yet” to his categorical pronouncement, but that hasn’t happened yet and probably never will.
- See “String him up” just posted at this site on 12-13-17.
- The decision to re-open was based on the discovery of a cache of e-mails that got embedded in more extensive correspondence between Anthony Weiner and Clinton associate, Huma Abedin.
- The three investigative groups are Mueller’s team and the respective Intelligence Committees in the House and Senate.