UPDATE: Russians, uranium, $130 million, and the Clinton Foundation


In a post dated April 24th 2015 we quoted The New York Times on the Uranium One uranium deal that was executed with the permission of the Department of State.

We quoted;

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.

And shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Mr. Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock.

We were reminded by Peggy Noonan’s most recent column that the dollar amounts are actually much larger.

She writes:

Readers of these pages know of the Uranium One deal in which a Canadian businessman got Bill Clinton to help him get control of uranium mining fields in Kazakhstan. The businessman soon gave $31 million to the Clinton Foundation, with a pledge of $100 million more. Uranium One acquired significant holdings in the U.S. A Russian company moved to buy it. The deal needed U.S. approval, including from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

So it’s really $31 million with a pledge of another $100 million.

The “Canadian Businessman” incidentally was Frank Giustra who in addition to being involved with the Uranium One deal also reportedly had Bill Clinton lobby the president of Colombia on his behalf. After Clinton met with the Colombian president two of Guistra’s companies gained lucrative mineral and logging rights.

According to the same account, Giustra’s oil company Pacific Rubiales (He is the founder.) was also reportedly “at the center” of hard core anti-labor tactics in Colombia. Tactics that had gotten the attention of labor in the USA and of the American government.