‘That’s your real Russia story’ says Trump as he jumps on growing scandal over of cash for Hillary’s family charity while she decided on ‘Uranium One’ deal – calling it a ‘disgrace’ it isn’t being covered.
President Donald Trump hammered the media Thursday for paying more attention to Russian collusion claims than a shady uranium deal with a Russian company approved of by Hillary Clinton, while she was serving as secretary of state.
‘I think that’s your Russia story. That’s your real Russia story. Not a story where they talk about collusion, which there was none. It was hoax’ Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, as he gathered with Puerto Rico’s Gov. Ricardo Rosselló.
The Senate is now sniffing around the Uranium One deal, which gave 20 percent of the country’s uranium to Russia, as parties associated with the deal were giving money to the Clinton Foundation – and the company itself was being investigated in an FBI probe.
Trump told reporters that it was the story of ‘the decade’ and slammed the mainstream media for not reporting it.
‘And frankly it’s a disgrace,’ Trump said. ‘It’s a disgrace and it’s a disgrace that the fake news won’t cover it. It’s so sad.’
A number of outlets reported Wednesday that Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley stated in letters to agencies that he is looking into potential ‘conflicts of interest’ that Hillary Clinton may have had when she sat on the committee that approved the Uranium One transaction.
Grassley also said Wednesday that his investigation will center on aRussian uranium deal that was approved by the Obama administration despite an ongoing FBI investigation of the company concerned, Uranium One.
‘It turns out during the transaction, the Justice Department had an ongoing criminal investigation for bribery, extortion and money laundering into officials for the Russian company making that purchase,’ Grassley said during a Capitol Hill hearing. ‘While all of this was going on, the Clinton Foundation reportedly received millions of dollars from interested parties in the transaction.’
The Hill newspaper also reported that a key FBI informant, an American businessman with knowledge of the Russian nuclear industry’s efforts to woo the Clintons and the Obama administration, was blocked by President Obama’s Justice Department last year from telling Congress what he knew.