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Adam Schiff says Trump is 'gravest threat to American democracy' he's ever seen
Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman
July 20, 2018
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According to a 2013 New York Times report, the Clinton Foundation hid many of the beneficiaries of the Uranium One deal approved by CF1US and Mrs. 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 struck with the Obama Whitehouse.
The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CF1US), which included Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who assented to the transaction. Uranium One interests contributed more than $140 million to the Clinton Foundation. The Clinton Foundation later received a $31.3 million donation, as well as a future pledge of $100 million. In July 2014 Judicial Watch released more than 200 Clinton conflict-of-interest documents, including a record of a June 2010 speech by Bill Clinton in Moscow (for which he was paid $500,000) sponsored by the investment bank Renaissance Capital addressing the theme of "Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States: Going Global."
Prior to the Uranium One deal, according to a report by The Hill, the FBI, then headed by Robert Mueller, reportedly "had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money-laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putins atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews." The Hill report continued:
"Rather than bring immediate charges in 2010, however, the Department of Justice continued investigating the matter for nearly four more years, essentially leaving the American public and Congress in the dark about Russian nuclear corruption on U.S. soil during a period when the Obama administration made two major decisions benefiting Putin's commercial nuclear ambitions.
"Then-Attorney General Eric Holder was among the Obama administration officials joining Hillary Clinton on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States at the time the Uranium One deal was approved. Multiple current and former government officials told The Hill they did not know whether the FBI or DOJ ever alerted committee members to the criminal activity they uncovered.
"The investigation was ultimately supervised by then-U.S. Attorney Rob Rosenstein, an Obama appointee who now serves as President Trump's deputy attorney general, and then-Assistant FBI Director Andrew McCabe [serving under then-FBI Director Robert Mueller].
A vote for a Republican is a vote for Trump.
A Concerned Patriot
Why is not the House Intelligence Committee chaired in a Patriotic non-partisan manner?
House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-CA) raised a motion to subpoena the interpreter who attended President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, during a hearing on Thursday.
The hearing’s topic was “China’s threat to American government and private sector research and innovation leadership.”
But after Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) gave his opening remarks, he turned the floor over to Schiff for his opening statement. Schiff began by attacking the Helsinki meeting and said he was concerned that Trump met with Putin alone without even his own national security adviser.
Schiff then raised a motion to subpoena the interpreter who attended the meeting.
Nunes said he would not entertain the motion since Schiff only could bring a motion to adjourn, and reminded Schiff he had the remainder of three minutes to make his opening statement.
Schiff challenged Nunes, who then called a recess to discuss the matter.
The hearing witnesses — four China experts — talked with staff and among themselves.
After the recess, Nunes moved to table — or postpone — the motion, which Republicans voted for by voice vote.
Schiff then requested a recorded vote. The motion was then tabled along party lines, 11-6.
“Schiff has decided to turn this hearing into a Russia clown show,” a house staffer said.
Sometime before the hearing ended, Schiff tweeted about his attempt to subpoena the interpreter:
BREAKING: @RepSwalwell and I just made a motion in House Intel Committee to subpoena the American interpreter during the summit — the only witness to Trump’s meeting with Putin. This is an extraordinary remedy, but Trump’s actions necessitate it.
Republicans voted it down.
"If our leaders seek to conceal the truth or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no longer grounded in facts, then we as American citizens are on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom." -- Rex Tillerson, May 16, 2018
One branch of the government cannot by itself destroy democracy. Democracy is not a thing, it is something we do. The greatest threat is simply not to do it. Not to vote. Not to read both sides of a story. Not to confine yourself to the facts when making a judgement. Not to choose to debate before coming to blows. Inaction is the threat. So, of course, the ones who actively prevent people from voting are the greatest threat to the process. Anyway, what's the greatest threat to our Constitutional Republic?
What if George W. Bush had questioned WMD evidence in Iraq?
In the meantime Mueller gave immunity to Podesta.
I definitely will be voting in November.