The lengths to which Hillary Clinton’s partisans will go to twist the truth in service of their preferred candidate knows no bounds, as a recent CNN Money “fact check” ruling showed.
Setting out to “check” the statements made by Donald Trump in a speech on Wednesday, CNN’s Cristina Alesci and Laurie Frankel took it upon themselves to investigate the presumptive GOP nominee’s claim that the former Secretary of State approved the transfer of 20% of the US uranium supply to Russia in exchange for donations totaling $145 million to the Clinton Foundation from nine investors involved with the deal.
Of course, Alesci and Frankel rated the claim “false”, saying that they couldn’t find any “hard” evidence of a quid pro quo arrangement between Hillary and the nine investors. That is, there is no hard evidence beside the fact that the investors did make the aforementioned $145 million donation to Hillary’s foundation and that the State Department did approve the uranium transfer to Russia under Hillary’s watch.
Alesci and Frankel’s fradulent “fact check” is all the more embarrassing when one realizes that Clinton’s approval of transferring uranium to the Russian government, far from being concealed to the public, was an event noticed and documented by, among others, The New York Times, an impeccably liberal source with hardly any axe to grind against the former First Lady:
Why Alesci and Frankel couldn’t confirm the $145 million in Clinton Foundation donations for themselves is curious. Indeed, in a 4,000-word front page story written over a year ago, the New York Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Jo Becker and Mike McIntire verified the Clinton Cash uranium revelation in stunning detail, including charts and graphs laying out the flow of millions of dollars from the nine investors in the uranium deal who flowed $145 million to Hillary’s family foundation. Since Alesci and Frankel appear unable to perform basic journalistic research, here are the names and amounts they are still waiting on the Clinton Foundation to get back to them on:
- Frank Giustra, Canadian mining magnate who created a company that later merged with UraniumOne, gave $31.3 million and a pledge for $100 million to the Clinton Foundation
- Frank Holmes, a shareholder in the deal who donated between $250,000 and $500,000 (the Clinton Foundation doesn’t report exact amounts, only in ranges) and is a Clinton Foundation adviser
- Neil Woodyer, Frank Giustra’s colleague who founded Endeavor Financial and pledged $500,000 as well as promises of “ongoing financial support”
- Robert Disbrow, a Haywood Securities broker, the firm that provided “$58 million in capital to float shares of UrAsia’s private placement,” gave the Clinton’s family foundation between $1 and $5 million, according to Clinton Cash
- Paul Reynolds, a Canaccord Capital Inc., executive who donated between $1 million and $5 million. “The UrAsia deal was the largest in Canaccord’s history,” reports Schweizer
- Robert Cross, a major shareholder who serves as UrAsia Energy Director who pledged portions of his future income to the Clinton Foundation
- Egizio Blanchini, “the Capital Markets vice chair and Global cohead of BMO’s Global Metals and Mining group, had also been an underwriter on the mining deals. BMO paid $600,000 for two tables at the CGS-GI’s March 2008 benefit”
- Sergei Kurzin, the Russian rainmaker involved in the Kazakhstan uranium deal and a shareholder in UrAsia Energy, also pledged $1 million to the Foundation
- Uranium One chairman Ian Telfer committed $2.35 million
Alesci and Frankel claim there’s “no hard evidence of a quid pro quo.” Naturally, they fail to note that the legal standard for conflicts of interest and corruption do not require a quid pro quo. Nor do they note that Hillary Clinton deleted and destroyed over 30,000 emails housed on her secret server—the obvious location of any so-called “smoking guns.”