My American Spectator column this week, which took forever to write thanks to a bunch of distractions with the Hayride and life in general and will be published tomorrow, talks about Hillary Clinton and how there is simply no way to elect someone with a record of such demonstrable corruption and incompetence president.
Yes, yes. Barack Obama is demonstrably corrupt and incompetent. This is true. But it wasn’t widely known at the time of his election; frankly, Obama had no record to speak of.
That’s not true of Hillary Clinton. It wasn’t true in 2008, and it is certainly not true today. Not after the full vetting of the Clinton Foundation scandal exposed by Peter Schweizer in his book Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich.
That vetting is underway, and Clinton has a problem. Because when Schweizer’s book – which isn’t even out until May 4 or so – first started making headlines, her minions Lanny Davis, John Podesta and David Brock went out and covered the airwaves to shill for her by trying to discredit Schweizer as a Republican operative and hit man. They never actually touched the substance of his allegations; they just went after the messenger.
This wasn’t particularly convincing, of course. For example, here’s how it went when Brock tried to ply his wares on MSNBC’s Morning Joe…
When you can’t sell it to Mika Brzezinski, you can’t sell it.
The focus on Schweizer as a liar and a bad guy and not answering the substance of the book is an amateur mistake. Why? Because Fox News is now reporting on Schweizer’s material. So is the Washington Post.
Today, the Times has a fairly devastating piece involving Clinton cash, State Department policy and Russian hegemony over the global supply of uranium.
The headline in Pravda trumpeted President Vladimir V. Putin’s latest coup, its nationalistic fervor recalling an era when the newspaper served as the official mouthpiece of the Kremlin: “Russian Nuclear Energy Conquers the World.”
The article, in January 2013, detailed how the Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom, had taken over a Canadian company with uranium-mining stakes stretching from Central Asia to the American West. The deal made Rosatom one of the world’s largest uranium producers and brought Mr. Putin closer to his goal of controlling much of the global uranium supply chain.
At the heart of the tale are several men, leaders of the Canadian mining industry, who have been major donors to the charitable endeavors of former President Bill Clinton and his family. Members of that group built, financed and eventually sold off to the Russians a company that would become known as Uranium One.
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.
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.
At the time, both Rosatom and the United States government made promises intended to ease concerns about ceding control of the company’s assets to the Russians. Those promises have been repeatedly broken, records show.
The piece really ought to be read in full, because it tells a story of the kind of corruption that borders on treason. The allegations are surprising even for the Clintons in the aggressiveness of the perfidy they describe.
In my AmSpec piece, I make the statement that someone with this much baggage can’t be elected president. By the time all of Schweizer’s reporting is fully out in the open, the White House will be the last thing Hillary will have to look forward to. She’s likely to blow through a lot of that filthy lucre just trying to stay out of prison.
UPDATE: Michael Walsh at PJ Media, who agrees with us that Hillary is doomed as a candidate and has said so as long as we have, is having fun with today’s revelations…
Get your bets down now: Hillary!s last day as a presidential candidate. Bonus: Hillary!s first day as a federal inmate.