As demands intensify for the DOJ appoint a special prosecutor to investigate whether the Clintons were involved in a quid-pro-quo surrounding the controversial Uranium One Deal - where the former Secretary of State voted to approve a deal that ceded 20% of American uranium reserves to a Russian company - Hillary Clinton is finding that she can no longer ignore the burgeoning scandal.
So, in an interview with C-Span published Monday, Clinton hit back at the allegations, claiming they’d been discredited and debunked long ago (of course that was before new reporting by the Hill revealed the FBI had uncovered a Russian bribery plot shortly before the deal was approved). Furthermore, Clinton claimed the Trump administration was using the story to distract from Russia investigations.
"I would say it’s the same baloney they’ve been peddling for years, and there’s been no credible evidence by anyone. In fact, it’s been debunked repeatedly and will continue to be debunked," she said.
“But here is what they are doing, and I have to give them credit. [President] Trump and his allies, including Fox News, are really experts at distraction and diversion," she continued. "So the closer the investigation about real Russian ties between Trump associates and real Russians, as we heard [Attorney General] Jeff Sessions finally admit to in his testimony the other day, the more they want to just throw mud on the wall.”
Clinton added, "I’m their favorite target. Me and President Obama, we are the ones they like to put in the crosshairs."
"I think the real story is how nervous they are about these continuing investigations," the former Democratic presidential nominee said during an interview broadcast on C-SPAN.
Her response ignored the multiple congressional investigations that have already been launched after newly released FBI documents revealed for the very first time that the Obama administration was well aware of illegal bribery, extortion and money laundering schemes being conducted by the Russians to get a foothold in the atomic energy business in the US. Clinton eventually cast her vote to approve the sale of the uranium assets, which had previously been owned by a Canadian company.
FBI had gathered solid evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery and extortion before the Obama administration approved the sale to Russia of a company that controls 20 percent of America's uranium supply.
As we pointed out last summer when Peter Schweizer first released his feature documentary Clinton Cash – which focused on the Uranium One deal, as approved by the Obama Administration – the Clintons and their Clinton Foundation netted millions of dollars in donations and 'speaking fees' from Uranium One shareholders and other Russian entities.
Furthermore, emails uncovered by the Hill revealed that Bill Clinton met with Russian President Vladimir Putin shortly before the committee on which his wife sat approved the deal – and shortly before millions of dollars in Clinton Foundation donations began rolling in.
And in perhaps the most galling revelation to date about the sordid scandal, an informant known only as "Confidential Source 1" claims he was promptly silenced by the FBI and the Obama administration when he tried to come forward with new information suggesting a quid-pro-quo had in fact taken place.
Circling back to Clinton’s claim that the revival of the Uranium One story was meant to distract from the ongoing Russian investigation, as we observed last night, over the past several weeks, the Russia-related talking points of Democrats and their mainstream media echo chambers have undergone a notable shift. They’ve gone from constantly insisting that Trump colluded with Russia during the 2016 election to focus on a seemingly irrelevant amount of advertising dollars that may have been spent on various social media platforms by people that "may have been connected" to the Kremlin...which, to our understanding, is defined as anyone with their browser language set to Russian.
In other words, the focus on Trump-Russia collusion has dissipated as several popular narratives – most notably the uproar over the infamous, Don Jr.-organized Russia meeting – have been roundly debunked.
And as for Clinton’s claim that the allegations are politically motivated, we’d like to point out the new revelations were first reported by the Hill, a news organization that has no known or observable conservative bias. And even the New York Times confirmed the ‘Clinton Cash’ reporting as legitimate.
Seeing how both of these excuses were so easily debunked, we imagine Clinton will need to work out a more elaborate defense of her Uranium One vote before talking to federal investigators. With James Comey gone from the FBI and Republicans controlling Congress, there are no more natural allies of the Clintons to pull punches.