In case anyone was wondering why a seven-year-old debunked scandal over uranium is suddenly back in the Fox News outrage machine, the reasons were laid out on the floor of the House of Representatives.
While the House convened on Wednesday, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) gave a frenzied speech calling for the firing of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is in charge of the investigation into the alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government operatives to influence the 2016 presidential elections.
This marks the first time a U.S. Congressman has officially called for Mueller to be stopped from investigating, although Gaetz, Rep. Andy Biggs (D-AZ), and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) filed a measure calling for Mueller to be on record as too compromised by his relationship with former FBI Director James Comey to continue the investigation. That measure was filed exactly one week after the first indictments of the Mueller investigation were filed.
‘We are at risk of a coup d’état in this country if we allow an unaccountable person with no oversight to undermine the duly-elected President of the United States. That is precisely what is happening right now with the indisputable conflicts of interest that are present with Mr. Mueller and others at the Department of Justice.’
“I’m calling for Mr. Mueller’s resignation or his firing” pic.twitter.com/rEpobJCn8V
— RepMattGaetz (@RepMattGaetz) November 8, 2017
The “indisputable conflicts of interest” Gates referred to are the reason the Uranium One deal, long ago debunked as a scandal, is suddenly in the news again. Republicans have been able to find no justification to stop Mueller’s indictment, so the fact that he served as the director of the FBI in 2010 when approval of the sale of a deal that allowed for “not less than 51%” of the company [Uranium One] to JSC Atomredmetzoloto, or ARMZ, the mining arm of Rosatom, the Russian nuclear energy agency.” Uranium One had to be dredged up and turned into an all-new scandal in the face of indictments so that Republicans could pretend to have a good reason to fire Mueller.
A committee of nine people, the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States, had to sign off on the deal. At that time, the committee did include Secretary Clinton. However, there were eight other members on the committee. None of them were Robert Mueller.
‘The Committee on Foreign Investments has nine members, including the secretaries of the treasury, state, defense, homeland security, commerce and energy; the attorney general; and representatives from two White House offices (the United States Trade Representative and the Office of Science and Technology Policy).’
Mueller was, in fact, appointed by a Republican president, George W. Bush, and is a registered Republican himself. He had no authority to sign off on any deal approved by the Committee on Foreign Investments, and Hillary Clinton was only one member. Although it takes a unanimous vote to approve a deal, only the president has the final say on whether the deal will be allowed..
The non-scandal was first introduced in the 2015 book Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich. The author of the book is a man named Peter Schweizer who also worked at Breitbart while the executive chairman was none other than the former chief of staff to Donald Trump, Steve Bannon.
Trump often used the manufactured scandal to denigrate Hillary Clinton during his presidential campaign, to which his rabid followers chanted “lock her up!” Based solely on the book that publishers have been forced to correct numerous times due to discrediting factual errors, the alt-right has branded Clinton a criminal. As soon as indictments were ready to be filed against Trump’s campaign manager and another member of the campaign staff, the story suddenly included Robert Mueller.
For the best takedown of the Uranium One conspiracy theory, see video below:
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