The 2010 sale of Uranium One to Russian interests — and allegations that Canadian donations to the Clinton Foundation eased its approval in U.S. — has new life
It’s the Russia controversy that President Donald Trump and his supporters would love the world to focus on, and it centres largely around a Toronto-based mining company.
The 2010 sale of Uranium One to Russian interests — and unproven allegations that Canadian donations to the Clinton Foundation eased its approval in the States — suddenly has new life.
Credit for the rebirth goes to the president, his media allies and a recent piece of investigative reporting on the seven-year-old issue. “That’s your real Russian story,” Trump told reporters Thursday, “not a story where they talk about collusion and there was none.”
Breitbart News, run by the president’s former chief adviser, was rasher, heralding “Confirmation of Hillary Clinton’s Corrupt Uranium Deal with Russia.” But the reality is rather more complicated, and the evidence of wrongdoing circumstantial at best. Here’s a primer:
What is Uranium One?
The Toronto company owns or partly owns uranium mines in Kazakhstan, Tanzania and Wyoming, making it the world’s fourth-largest producer of the nuclear fuel. Russia’s state-owned Rosatom bought a 51 per cent stake from Canadian investors in 2010.