When planning a trip to Moscow for a speaking engagement in June 2010, former President Bill Clinton reportedly tried to meet with an official who was part of a Russian state-run company seeking approval to purchase a uranium company with holdings in the United States. Instead, Clinton wound up meeting with Vladimir Putin.
A month prior to the trip, Clinton, whose wife Hillary Clinton was secretary of state at the time, asked the State Department if it had any “concerns” about a list of 15 people he intended to meet in Russia, The Hill reported Thursday, citing emails and government records.
Among them was Arkady Dvorkovich, an aide to Russia’s president at the time, Dmitri Medvedev, and a board director of Rosatom, the state-run atomic energy agency that was vying for a majority stake in Canadian company Uranium One. The company had mines in the United States and if the deal went through Russia would gain control of 20 percent of the U.S.’s uranium.
The deal did win approval even though the FBI reportedly discovered officials in Russia’s nuclear industry were bribing an American uranium trucking company, indicating a potential national security threat.
“In the context of a possible trip to Russia at the end of June, WJC [William J. Clinton] is being asked to see the business/government folks below. Would State have concerns about WJC seeing any of these folks,” a Clinton Foundation adviser wrote in an email to two of Hillary Clinton’s top advisers at the State Department.
After the foundation made several follow-up attempts to resolve the question, one of the secretary’s advisers answered: “What’s the deal w this?”
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The most naive and trusting liberal can see the details and cannot avoid some level of suspicion. To simply say, “nothing to see here, leave poor little Hillary alone” in itself raises suspicion.
Especially among people who make the accusation that Trump once spoke to a Russian somewhere, so there MUST have been Russian collusion.