The Clintons, uranium and the Oregon shootout: Report addresses unasked questions

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An investigative report has posited a connection between Bill and Hillary Clinton, uranium and the recent shootout between federal agents and protesting ranchers in Oregon.

The standoff between Oregon residents and the feds at the Mahleur National Wildlife Refuge, which left one protester dead, was widely-reported but the uranium-Clinton connection was overlooked until Jon Rappaport’s recent report.

Federal agents in Oregon on Jan. 30. /Reuters
Federal agents in Oregon on Jan. 30. /Reuters

“What does this have to do with Hillary and Bill Clinton?,” he asked.

‘The short version is: there’s a case to be made that they, through Uranium One and the Clinton Foundation, facilitated the sale of Uranium One to Putin and the Russians. And if so, and if this area of Oregon is projected to be part of that uranium mining deal, then we are looking at a stunning ‘coincidence’: the U.S. federal government is coming down hard on a group of protesters who are occupying, for their own reasons, a very valuable piece of territory that goes far beyond the issue of private cattle grazing on government land.”

The Clinton connection between uranium and Oregon began with a deal approved under then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that transferred 20 percent of U.S. uranium production to Russia – and tied it to the geographical location of a proposed uranium mine in Oregon.

Rappoport writes: “On April 23, 2015, the NY Times ran a story under the headline, ‘Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal.’ The bare bones of the story: a Canadian company called Uranium One controls a great deal of uranium production in the U.S. It was sold to Russia (meaning Putin and his minions). So Putin now controls 20 percent of U.S. uranium production. From the Times: ‘…the sale gave the Russians control of one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States.’ ”

According to the New York Times article, leaders of the Canadian mining industry made several charitable donations to the various “endeavors of former President Bill Clinton and his family,” including a total of $31.3 million from mining financier Frank Giustra, and then sold the Russians a company later dubbed Uranium One. As the Times reported, the sale of Uranium One to Putin required State Department approval, because uranium is considered a strategic asset – and then-Secretary Clinton granted the approval.

“The U.S. State Dept. had to sign off on the deal giving Putin control over U.S. uranium. Hillary headed up the State Dept. Much money from Canadian mining executives, who obviously wanted the deal to go through, found its way into the Clinton Foundation. The Foundation concealed these donations,” according to Rappaport’s investigation.

Rappoport added: “Is uranium at the heart of the … standoff? That’s the question I’m asking. It isn’t a flippant question. I realize there are many other issue swirling around this event … This article isn’t meant to take apart those matters.”

A U.S. Bureau of Land Management notation titled, “Uranium on BLM-Administered Lands in OR/WA,” discusses a May 2012 presentation from Oregon Energy LLC to develop a uranium oxide mine, in concert with the Department of Fish and Wildlife, in “southern Malheur County in southeastern Oregon,” Rappoport wrote.

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