We all know the liberal media has wasted an ungodly amount of time on the Russia collusion story. The endless crusade to find the smoking gun that links the Trump campaign colluding with Russian intelligence operatives has only ended with delivering buckshot in the Democrats’ direction. The latest bombshell in this story doesn’t even have to do with Trump, though his name is on the dossier, it’s the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Marc Elias, a lawyer for both entities, retained Fusion GPS, who then used ex-MI6 operative Christopher Steele to gather information on Trump. He used sources outside and inside the Russian foreign ministry and intelligence community to compile the unverified documents that has served as one of the reasons why we have ex-FBI Director Robert Mueller looking into the allegations of collusion, acting as special counsel.
Former Bush aide Ari Fleischer noted that the DNC-funded this outing, and the Russians gave Steele information which could be construed as collusion, no? And the Democrats only funded Steele. So, it seems there could be a Hillary/Russia angle. The Uranium One deal, which has been fraught with pay-to-play allegations is also back into the mix since we now know that the Obama administration and the FBI knew the Kremlin was bribing their way to control the Canadian mining company—Uranium One. The Obama administration kept things quiet since they didn’t want to not upset the Russian reset. The Russians took over the company in 2013, and its mining sites in the U.S. It gave them control of 1/5 of our uranium supply. The Committee on Foreign Investment, which oversees deals that could impact America’s national security priorities, approved the transfer of the majority stake to the Russians that led to the takeover of Uranium One. During the process, Bill Clinton got a $500,000 check for a speech from a Russian bank selling Uranium One futures. The Clinton Foundation got $2.35 million from the then-chairman of Uranium One. Hillary was secretary of state at the time, one of the principals on the committee.
Yet, only a mere 20 seconds has been devoted to that development, while at least 1,000 hours of coverage has been given to the ‘Trump is the Manchurian Candidate’ hysteria. That constitutes one-fifth of all the coverage the big three—ABC, NBC, and CBS—has given to this administration. Rich Noyes at the Media Research Center broke it down:
MRC analysts have been tracking all evening news coverage of the Trump administration since Inauguration Day. From Inauguration Day, January 20, through last Friday, October 20, these broadcasts have aired an astonishing 1,000 minutes of coverage discussing Russia’s attempt to boost Trump in 2016, and speculation that Trump’s campaign may have colluded with the Russians in this project.
According to an October 22 story by The Hill’s John Solomon and Alison Spann, FBI agents “were surprised by the timing and size of a $500,000 check that a Kremlin-linked bank provided Bill Clinton with for a single speech in the summer of 2010. The payday came just weeks after Hillary Clinton helped arrange for American executives to travel to Moscow to support Putin’s efforts to build his own country’s version of Silicon Valley, agents said.”
According to the same article: “‘There is not one shred of doubt from the evidence that we had that the Russians had set their sights on Hillary Clinton’s circle, because she was the quarterback of the Obama-Russian reset strategy and the assumed successor to Obama as president,’ said a source familiar with the FBI’s evidence at the time, speaking only on condition of anonymity, because he was not authorized to speak to the news media.”
Imagine $500,000 in Russian money being paid for a speech delivered by Donald Trump or a member of his family. But Bill Clinton’s big payday has generated ZERO network news coverage this week, and only a single reference on ABC’s This Week back in 2015, when the book Clinton Cash first disclosed the potential scandal.
There’s no conclusive proof that the Clintons traded favors in exchange for all of the cash going their way, but there’s no proof that Trump and his campaign team did anything wrong vis a vis Russia, either — yet the media have made it their business to keep the cloud of suspicion over Trump and his presidency.
On the Clinton funding the Trump dossier development, Kristine Marsh added that ABC News gave a mere 31 seconds to the story, but devoted 10 minutes to the meeting Donald Trump, Jr. had with a Russian lawyer in June of 2016, which turned out to be nothing.
The Wall Street Journal had a good op-ed about this Uranium One revival, snarkily calling it the “silence of the scams.”
The Rosatom [the Russian state-owned corporation that took over Uranium One] director named Arkady Dvorkovich, was “a top aide to then-Russian President Dmitri Medvedev and one of the highest-ranking government officials to serve on Rosatom’s board of supervisors, was listed on a May 14, 2010, email as one of 15 Russians the former president wanted to meet during a late June 2010 trip, the documents show,” wrote the Hill.
Mr. Clinton ended up meeting with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin instead. The Russians ended up getting control of the uranium. The sale benefited donors to the Clinton Foundation, which failed to disclose some of the money donated as required by an agreement Mrs. Clinton had struck with the Obama Administration.
To The New York Times’ credit, they did devote a lengthy article to this story back in 2015. Yes, it’s par for the course concerning the duration of the coverage—and the old “if this were a Republican’ game never gets old. It doesn’t make it any less infuriating.