Further evidence of Russia’s efforts to bribe US officials has surfaced revealing interesting ties.
According to the Daily Caller, the mining company Uranium One sought the help of the Podesta Group to establish the Uranium One deal with a subsidiary of Russan state-owned company, Rosatom. Uranium One paid the Podesta Group $40,000 to lobby on their behalf to the State Department, the Senate, the National Park Service and the National Security Council.
The Podesta Group was founded by Tony Podesta and John Podesta. John Podesta was a member of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign team, actively working to get her elected president.
Hilary Clinton has come under the crosshairs for her involvement in the highly controversial Uranium One deal that saw 20 percent of the US’ uranium supply fall into the hands of Russia. In particular are questions about her role in the deal as Secretary of State and how the Clinton Foundation has been seemingly involved in pushing the deal.
The shadiness of the Clinton Foundation, as it relates to Uranium One, started in 2005 when the organization seemingly paved the way for a mining deal in Kazakhstan. Clinton and Frank Giustra, mining mogul and part owner of UrAsia Energy, began working closely together. The pair flew to Kazakhstan where Giustra purchased the rights to three mines operating in the country.
Meanwhile, Clinton backed presidential candidate Nursultan Nazarbayev, who won the election and approved the mining deals made by Giustra. Giustra then donated $31 million to the Clinton Foundation and promised $100 million more.
In 2007, UrAsia Energy merged with the South African company Uranium One. Though Giustra left the company, other investors and executives tied with the company and Giustra, like former Chairman Ian Teflar, continued donating millions to the Foundation.
In 2009, Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State while money was still coming into the Clinton Foundation as a result of the mining deals. She approved a number of deals that enabled the Russian state company, Rosatom, to buy shares of Uranium One. By that summer Russia owned 51 percent of the company.
Russia then utilized its majority position to effectively control 20 percent of the US’ uranium following the Uranium One deal –a deal that was approved by the State Department under Hillary Clinton.
What’s interesting is that many of the donations received by the Clinton Foundation, whose donors were involved in the mining deals, have gone unreported by the Clinton Foundation on their tax records.
A Russian mining company paid the Podesta Group $40,000 to lobby on their behalf to the State Department and other agencies. Should this be illegal?
One donor, in particular, was Ian Tefler, former chairman of Uranium One and associate of Giustra who donated $2.35 million to the Clinton Foundation. The donation went unreported by the organization. Once it was discovered by third parties that the Clinton Foundation had failed to disclose these and other foreign investments to the tune of millions of dollars, the Clinton Foundation announced that it would go back and refile a number of its tax records.
The Clinton Foundation has long been a shady organization allowing for the Clintons to benefit financially from legalized bribes in the forms of donations. Given that the Clintons benefited in the millions from their public political lobbying in Kazakhstan, and for seemingly accepting bribes from Russia to approve share transactions and later the Uranium One deal, the Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton need to be investigated for their suspicious activities.