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Susan Stamper Brown: Surprise! Big Media Ignore the Real Russian Scandal

While the mainstream media chase their tail about supposed collusion between President Donald Trump and Russia, the scandal involving Uranium One unfolds to expose a connection between Hillary Clinton and Russia as well as a stunning coverup by President Barack Obama’s administration.

Rather than reporting real news, they continue to churn out phony news that Russia swayed the 2016 election with Facebook ads and a hodgepodge of other thus-far debunked Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theories.

Mark Penn, the chief political go-to guy for Clinton and her husband, President Bill Clinton, recently disproved the conspiracy theory that Russia swayed the 2016 election with $100,000 in Facebook ads.

Penn wrote in The Wall Street Journal that in the end, only $6,500 was spent on “actual electioneering” and most ads “did not solicit support for a candidate.”

Even if $100,000 was spent on actual electioneering, compare that to the Clintons’ multimillion-dollar influence-peddling scheme going on while Russia was conspiring to grab 20-percent of U.S. uranium reserves with the acquisition of Uranium One.

As I wrote in a March column, Uranium One is a Russian-owned uranium mining company that lobbied the Obama State Department through a firm co-founded by Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign chairman, John Podesta.

Uranium One fell under the corporate control of Russia’s atomic energy agency Rosatom through a series of transactions approved by Hillary Clinton’s State Department, effectively giving Russia control of 20 percent of U.S. uranium — while a flow of cash found its way to the Clinton Foundation.

All told, Newsweek reports $145 million went to the Clinton Foundation or its initiatives from those linked to Uranium One. Bill Clinton also received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank promoting Uranium One stock with ties to the Kremlin.

Additionally, the chairman of Uranium One is a close friend of the Clintons and is on the board of the Clinton Foundation, according to Peter Schweizer, author of Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich.

Fast forward to now.

Enter: Rod Rosenstein, Andrew McCabe, Robert Mueller and James Comey — the same folks investigating the so-called Trump-Russia collusion investigation were also involved in Uranium One.

Justice Department documents disclose the investigation was ultimately supervised by Rosenstein and McCabe. Mueller was FBI director when the probe began and Comey was director until Trump fired him.

We now know the FBI was aware of multifaceted Russian wrongdoing long before the Uranium One nuclear deal was approved.

The Hill reports the “FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.”

Investigators also knew “Russians were compromising American contractors in the nuclear industry with kickbacks and extortion threats, all of which raised legitimate national security concerns,” The Hill reports.

Apparently, the Obama administration was desperate to keep this under wraps and allegedly threatened an FBI informant to remain silent.

Fox News reports that Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has asked the DOJ to “lift an apparent ‘gag order’” on the FBI informant who “allegedly was ‘threatened’ by the Obama administration to stay quiet.”

All that, while we were told there was nothing to see here.

Too much was at stake. Clinton was supposed to win in 2016. Covering up this scandal was just as important to Obama’s legacy as lying about Benghazi was to winning his re-election.

In the end, the DOJ managed to whisper out a vague news release before Labor Day 2015, mentioning a plea agreement and a four-year sentence for a handful of wrongdoings. Basically, a hand slap, despite mountains of evidence collected.

Furthermore, the final investigation didn’t mention Obama’s DOJ “slow-walked” the probe, despite serious national security concerns. Of course, the Clintons got a pass with no mention of influence peddling or how the Clinton Foundation benefited.

The mainstream media’s silence on this scandal is damning, and yet another reason why most Americans don’t believe much of what they say.

— Susan Stamper Brown writes about culture, politics and current events from her home in Alaska, and is syndicated by Cagle Cartoons. Contact her through Facebook or at [email protected]. Click here for previous columns. The opinions expressed are her own.

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