Newsweek published a “fact check” of President Donald Trump’s tweet accusing Russia of sending millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation, ultimately ruling “the president is stretching the truth” on the matter.
But the “fact check” leaves out a new report linking the Clinton Foundation to a Russian bribery scheme targeting the U.S. nuclear industry. The Hill news outlet recently reported the FBI had evidence of Russia steering millions of dollars to benefit the Clinton family charity while Hillary Clinton sat on a board vital to their nuclear interests.
Interestingly enough, Newsweek links to its own write-up of The Hill’s report, but the “fact check” makes no mention of any of the new information.
“Yes, the foundation received money and Bill Clinton was paid to give a speech, but there’s no evidence the Clintons were paid by Russians to push through the uranium deal,” Newsweek’s Greg Price wrote of Trump’s tweet.
Trump sent out a series of tweets Thursday morning while he was watching the show “Fox and Friends.” One tweet claimed “Russia sent millions to Clinton Foundation.”
.@foxandfriends “Russia sent millions to Clinton Foundation”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 19, 2017
Trump was watching a “Fox and Friends” segment detailing the findings of The Hill, which published a report Tuesday on how the Obama administration sat on evidence of a Russian bribery scheme tied to the acquisition of the Canada-based Uranium One, which produced uranium in the U.S.
The Obama administration approved the takeover of Uranium One by Rosatom, Russia’s state-owned nuclear company, in late 2010. The FBI did not inform the board or Congress there was evidence of a Russian bribery scheme surrounding the deal, The Hill reported.
The Hill also reported the Obama FBI had “an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation” while Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a board that recommended approving the Uranium One deal.
The FBI had evidence of the bribery scheme as early as 2009, well before the Obama administration approved the deal that gave Russia control of 20 percent of U.S. uranium production capacity.
That information is missing from Newsweek’s article, which asks: “At the time of the deal’s consummation, did the Clinton Foundation and the former president himself, receive money from the Russians to grease the wheels for the deal?”
Newsweek reported “there’s no evidence the Clintons were paid by Russians to push through the uranium deal.”
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