(Originally published April 24, 2015)
I just read Thursday's New York Times story on the Clinton Foundation's dealings with Russia during the time UraniumOne was being sold to a Kremlin-controlled company ("Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal"). Take it from me: I am deeply troubled by what I read, and you should be too.
In 1999-2000, I ran public relations for Renaissance Capital, the Russian investment bank that paid Bill Clinton $500,000 to speak in June 2010. Soon after, his wife became a decisionmaker on Russia's acquisition of a company controlling American uranium.
Even when I worked there, Renaissance Capital had close ties to the Kremlin - the relationship made Renaissance executives into oligarchs. By 2010, the firm had become a practical arm of Vladimir Putin. Nobody of sound mind would think otherwise.
Bill Clinton took that half million dollar payment as his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, served as a key member of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). This inter-agency panel must approve foreign purchase of private American companies the government deems vital to our national interest.
Shortly after Bill Clinton delivered the highest paid speech of his life, CFIUS was to consider and approve the key Russian purchase.
I've been closely involved in the CFIUS process. In 2010-2011, I ran acquisition communications for Safran Group, the French government-controlled defense contractor which bought the US biometrics company L-1. It took us almost two years to gain CFIUS approval for France, an historic ally, to purchase a biometrics firm, not even remotely a strategic asset. We were stymied at every turn by an endless stream of questions.
In contrast, the Rusatom acquisition of UraniumOne got CFIUS approval in four months - for control of 20 percent of America's strategic uranium.
These two CFIUS approvals were happening at precisely the same time. Safran couldn't buy a break and was questioned at ever turn. Somehow, Kremlin-controlled Rusatom's purchase sailed through on a cool breeze.
Any insider will tell you that, considering the vital nature of the CFIUS-UraniumOne proceedings, it is certain that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was directly involved. And Bill took $500,000 indirectly from the Kremlin at the same time.
Mrs. Clinton certainly had the power to veto the Kremlin's purchase of our uranium assets, and didn't. But here's an unspoken truth: Who in the CFIUS arena would dare stand against the Clintons? Nobody in Obamaworld. The New York Times details millions more funnelled to the Clinton Foundation from a variety of people who got rich off the UraniumOne sale. The White House hasn't even said a word about these foreign donations which went unreported in brazen violation of the president's policy. Will they ever?
How is this even remotely possible? Read this story. And start paying attention.