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Romney: Looks Like 'Hillary Was Bribed to Grease' Uranium Sale

Romney: Looks Like 'Hillary Was Bribed to Grease' Uranium Sale
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Friday, 24 April 2015 07:46 AM

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says that shocking allegations against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have "every appearance that (she) was bribed."

During The Hugh Hewitt Show, Romney was asked about a New York Times story centered on cash flowing into the Clinton Foundation from the Russians as they won control of Uranium One, a Canadian-owned company with mines stretching from Central Asia to U.S. western states, according to The Daily Caller.

"Yeah, I've got to tell you, I was stunned by it," Romney replied. "I mean, it looks like bribery. I mean, there was every appearance that Hillary Clinton was bribed to grease the sale of 20 percent of America's uranium production to Russia."

He continued: "And then it was covered up by lying about a meeting in her home with the principals, and by erasing emails. And I presume we might know for sure whether there was or was not bribery if she hadn't wiped out thousands of emails.

"But this is a very, very serious series of facts, and it looks like bribery."

The Times report said that Canadian records show that as the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation.

Uranium One's chairman used his family foundation to make four donations to the Clinton Foundation totaling $2.35 million, reported Jo Becker and Mike McIntire in the detailed Times article.

"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," they wrote.

"Since uranium is considered a strategic asset, with implications for national security, the deal had to be approved by a committee composed of representatives from a number of United States government agencies. Among the agencies that eventually signed off was the State Department, then headed by (Mrs. Clinton)."

Becker and McIntire added: "Shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Mr. Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock."

Romney's comments also follow the announcement of the pending release of "Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich," by the author Peter Schweizer.

The book allegedly singles out the sale of the Canadian uranium company with large U.S. holdings to the Russian nuclear agency, Rosatom, connecting payments made by the chairman of the company to the Clinton Foundation.

The Clinton camp has responded by focusing on the conservative author of "Clinton Cash," and dismissing the Times article as a "smear project."

Clinton's new press secretary Brian Fallon, has also composed a point-by-point refutation of many of the claims put forth and posted it to Medium.

Fallon says that Clinton was not involved in the State Department decision to sign off on the sale of uranium mines, and therefore was in no way guilty of a conflict of interest.

"While it is true that the State Department sits on the multi-agency, inter-governmental panel that reviews deals like this one, Hillary Clinton herself did not participate in the review or direct the Department to take any position on the sale of Uranium One," Fallon said.

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Mitt Romney says that allegations against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have "every appearance that (she) was bribed" while leading the State Department during the sale of a major uranium company to the Russians.
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