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Jonah Goldberg of National Review has joined the defense of Hillary Clinton’s involvement in the Uranium One scandal, urging reporters to “know what they’re talking about” before “blithely and irresponsibly” calling for further investigation. Ironically, it is Goldberg’s case that falls flat because of his serious omissions and failure to account for critical facts.
This was the birth of what would become Uranium One and of the Clintons’ relationship with the company. Not long after this trip, Giustra donated $30 million to the Clinton Foundation. The Foundation would ultimately receive $145 million, some of it undisclosed, from parties tied to Uranium One.
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In 2009, Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation began a plan to purchase Uranium One and its assets around the world. This triggered an approval requirement by the U.S. government’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
Goldberg says the U.S. uranium assets held by Uranium One are no big deal, but he appears to be oblivious to the fact that CFIUS approval also granted Russia the company’s lucrative uranium assets in Kazakhstan, South Africa, and Australia.
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By 2010, as CFIUS was reviewing the purchase, Uranium One had mines around the world, including several in Wyoming, Texas, and Utah. Goldberg focuses on these assets and claims that they are not a very big deal at all. At the time of the CFIUS approval, Uranium One’s U.S. mines were estimated to make up nearly 20 percent of the United States’ recoverable uranium. The uranium market has, since the approval, fluctuated, and production has never come close to that level. Goldberg argues that, as a result, these assets mean very little to either Russian or American national security.
Goldberg never mentions the four ranking members of House committees overseeing national security (Representatives Peter King, Ileana...
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