During Friday's White House press conference, Press Secretary Sean Spicer once again was fielding questions about President Donald Trump's supposed connections with Russia, when he pointed the finger at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when it came to who truly had the deeper relationship.
Upon being asked about the Senate Intelligence Committee's probe into Russian interference during the 2016 elections, Spicer once again asserted Trump's innocence.
“As we’ve said before, when you talk about Russia in particular, everyone who has been briefed on this subject, from Republican to Democrat to CIA, former Obama administration’s Clapper, Brennan, you name it, all of those people come back with the same conclusion and I think that’s important that there’s been no evidence of the president’s campaign and Russian officials.”
But not stopping short of that, Spicer listed the amount of times Clinton had dealings and ties with Russia.
“It was Hillary Clinton who was the architect of the last administration’s failed ‘Reset’ policy. She told Russian state TV it was designed to strengthen Russia. That was their goal, to strengthen Russia. She used her office to make concession after concession, selling off one-fifth of our country’s uranium, paid speeches, paid deals, getting personal calls from Vladimir Putin. If you really want to talk about a Russian connection and the substance, that’s where we should be looking, that, not there.”
The uranium deal that Spicer is referring to is explained by a 2015 article in the New York Times, concerning major donors of a uranium mining company contributing money to the Clinton Foundation. Clinton, during her time as Secretary of State, approved the sale of the company to Russia. Simultaneously, cash began flowing into the Clinton Foundation from the Chairman of the Russian owned company.
Beyond mines in Kazakhstan that are among the most lucrative in the world, the sale gave the Russians control of one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States. 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 Mr. Clinton’s wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
As the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation. Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million. 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.