Who wanted to meet with the Russians? Bill Clinton

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Who wanted to meet with the Russians? Bill Clinton

John Solomon and Ali­son Spann con­tinue their report­ing on the Clin­tons and Rosatom, the orig­i­nal Rus­sia col­lu­sion story,
Bill Clin­ton sought State’s per­mis­sion to meet with Russ­ian nuclear offi­cial dur­ing Obama ura­nium decision

As he pre­pared to col­lect a $500,000 pay­day in Moscow in 2010, Bill Clin­ton sought clear­ance from the State Depart­ment to meet with a key board direc­tor of the Russ­ian nuclear energy firm Rosatom — which at the time needed the Obama administration’s approval for a con­tro­ver­sial ura­nium deal, gov­ern­ment records show.

Arkady Dvorkovich, 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.

Hillary was Sec­re­tary of State back then, but the State Depart­ment dragged its feet for a week or two, and appar­ently Bill decided to not meet with the 15 Rus­sians on his list.

Rather, Bill cut to the chase (empha­sis added),

Bill Clin­ton instead got together with Vladimir Putin at the Russ­ian leader’s pri­vate homestead.

Back then Dmitri Medvedev was pres­i­dent of Rus­sia, but

The head of Rosatom boasted in the report that the Ura­nium One deal was part of a larger Putin strat­egy to strengthen “Russia’s pres­tige as a leader of the world nuclear industry.”

Cor­ner­ing one-​fifth of the U.S.‘s ura­nium sup­ply fit nicely into that strat­egy, and with State Depart­ment approval, no less.

If that was not damn­ing enough, Bill was allegedly want­ing to use the trip for the $500,000 speech

to try to help a Clin­ton fam­ily rel­a­tive “grow invest­ments in their busi­ness with Russ­ian oli­garchs and other businesses,”

because appar­ently it wasn’t enough that the Clin­ton Foun­da­tion received $145 mil­lion in con­tri­bu­tions from Ura­nium One share­hold­ers. The Clin­ton rel­a­tives wanted in on Russia.

Never mind that being a Russ­ian oli­garch ain’t what it used to be,

Putin’s pol­icy of “de-​offshoring” has imposed such cum­ber­some con­trols on the busi­ness lead­ers of the 1990s that most have sold off their assets in Rus­sia and decamped to Lon­don or Monaco. This trend has been accel­er­ated by Russia’s lack of any real prop­erty rights, which has enabled the Krem­lin to cut Russia’s wealthy down to size at will, often tar­get­ing the most law-​abiding among them.

It makes you won­der if the empha­sis would shift from “oli­garchs,” to “other busi­nesses,” what­ever those may be.

I can’t fig­ure out a rea­son for the Clin­tons’ bound­less greed, other than per­haps they want to become the next George Soros.

They may get there yet.


Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin Amer­ica at Fausta’s blog

John Solomon and Alison Spann continue their reporting on the Clintons and Rosatom, the original Russia collusion story,
Bill Clinton sought State’s permission to meet with Russian nuclear official during Obama uranium decision

As he prepared to collect a $500,000 payday in Moscow in 2010, Bill Clinton sought clearance from the State Department to meet with a key board director of the Russian nuclear energy firm Rosatom — which at the time needed the Obama administration’s approval for a controversial uranium deal, government records show.

Arkady Dvorkovich, 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.

Hillary was Secretary of State back then, but the State Department dragged its feet for a week or two, and apparently Bill decided to not meet with the 15 Russians on his list.

Rather, Bill cut to the chase (emphasis added),

Bill Clinton instead got together with Vladimir Putin at the Russian leader’s private homestead.

Back then Dmitri Medvedev was president of Russia, but

The head of Rosatom boasted in the report that the Uranium One deal was part of a larger Putin strategy to strengthen “Russia’s prestige as a leader of the world nuclear industry.”

Cornering one-fifth of the U.S.’s uranium supply fit nicely into that strategy, and with State Department approval, no less.

If that was not damning enough, Bill was allegedly wanting to use the trip for the $500,000 speech

to try to help a Clinton family relative “grow investments in their business with Russian oligarchs and other businesses,”

because apparently it wasn’t enough that the Clinton Foundation received $145 million in contributions from Uranium One shareholders. The Clinton relatives wanted in on Russia.

Never mind that being a Russian oligarch ain’t what it used to be,

Putin’s policy of “de-offshoring” has imposed such cumbersome controls on the business leaders of the 1990s that most have sold off their assets in Russia and decamped to London or Monaco. This trend has been accelerated by Russia’s lack of any real property rights, which has enabled the Kremlin to cut Russia’s wealthy down to size at will, often targeting the most law-abiding among them.

It makes you wonder if the emphasis would shift from “oligarchs,”  to  “other businesses,” whatever those may be.

I can’t figure out a reason for the Clintons’ boundless greed, other than perhaps they want to become the next George Soros.

They may get there yet.


Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog