Trump blasts ‘Fake Media’ for ignoring stories on Russia uranium deal sealed ‘with Clinton help’ – Business Insider


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Donald Trump.
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  • The Hill on Wednesday reported that the FBI
    investigated officials in the Russian nuclear industry engaging
    in bribery and kickbacks.
  • President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday morning:
    “Uranium deal to Russia, with Clinton help and Obama
    Administration knowledge, is the biggest story that Fake Media
    doesn’t want to follow!”
  • The Senate Judiciary Committee recently opened an
    investigation into the matter.

President Donald Trump, resurfacing a campaign-trail attack, on
Thursday morning tweeted about a
bombshell report
that the FBI investigated a bribery scandal
involving the Russian nuclear industry and the Clintons.

“Uranium deal to Russia, with Clinton help and Obama
Administration knowledge, is the biggest story that Fake Media
doesn’t want to follow!” Trump
tweeted
.

Trump also tweeted
a quote
from “Fox & Friends” on Thursday morning that
Russia “sent millions to Clinton Foundation.”

John Solomon and Alison Spann at The Hill
reported Wednesday that the FBI investigated
Russian nuclear
industry officials engaging in bribery and kickbacks before
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama
approved a 2010 deal giving Russia control of much of the US’s
uranium. The Senate Judiciary Committee opened a fresh inquiry
into the matter, its Republican chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley,
said Wednesday.

Trump’s own dealings with Russia remain under constant
examination in the media. The FBI’s special counsel, Robert
Mueller, as well as the House and Senate intelligence committees
are examining Russian interference in the 2016 election and
whether any Trump associates played any role.

Trump claimed the deal for uranium, an important element needed
for both nuclear power and weapons, as enriching the Clintons
during the campaign.

“The Russians were compromising American contractors in the
nuclear industry with kickbacks and extortion threats, all of
which raised legitimate national security concerns,” a person who
worked on the case told The Hill. “And none of that evidence got
aired before the Obama administration made those decisions.”

In another report,
Solomon and Spann cited
an American businessman who claimed
the Obama administration blocked him from testifying to Congress
about “conversations and transactions he witnessed related to the
Russian nuclear industry’s efforts to win favor with Bill and
Hillary Clinton and influence Obama administration decisions.”


Hillary Clinton Sergei Lavrov
Hillary
Clinton, then the US secretary of state, with Russian Foreign
Minister Sergey Lavrov after presenting him with a “reset” button
in Geneva in 2009.

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Coffrini, Pool


The probe was conducted under the leadership of Mueller at the
FBI.

The investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia have
loomed over his presidency since its early days. It has
continually expanded
and now includes
possible obstruction of justice by Trump
and one of his sons
as well as the
role social media played
in Russia’s push to influence the
2016 election.

Trump’s highlight of the report fits with a trend of his
promoting coverage favorable to him or critical of his key
opponents, including Clinton.

Solomon has written articles in the past
defending the Trump administration and the former national
security adviser Michael Flynn
, who was fired after
misrepresenting his connections to Russian agents in a
conversation with Vice President Mike Pence
.

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