Fox News host Shepard Smith criticized President Trump on Tuesday for “inaccurate” claims about Hillary Clinton and the Uranium One agreement following Trump’s repeated calls for the Justice Department to investigate the Obama-era deal.
“Here’s the accusation: nine people involved in the deal made donations to the Clinton Foundation totaling more than $140 million,” Smith said. “In exchange, Secretary of State Clinton approved the sale to the Russians – a quid pro quo.”
“The accusation [was] first made by Peter Schweizer, the senior editor-at-large of the website Breitbart, in his 2015 book, ‘Clinton Cash,’” Smith continued. “The next year, candidate Donald Trump cited the accusation as an example of Clinton corruption.”
“Hillary Clinton’s State Department approved the transfer of 20 percent of America’s uranium holdings to Russia, while nine investors in the deal funneled $145 million dollars to the Clinton Foundation,” Trump said in a June 2016 speech in New York City.
Smith called the statement “inaccurate in a number of ways.”
“The Clinton State Department had no power to approve or veto that transaction. It could do neither,” Smith noted.
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Smith then laid out the approval process for the sale, which involves a nine-person committee made up of the heads of federal agencies, and noted that no one person could approve or veto the deal – only former President Obama could do either.
The Fox News anchor also detailed Trump’s claim that the Clinton Foundation received money after the deal was completed.
“Here, the timing is inaccurate,” Smith said, noting that the source of the majority of the donations, Frank Giustra, said he sold his stake in the uranium company before the company was sold and before Clinton became secretary of State.
“The accusation is predicated on the charge that Secretary Clinton approved the sale,” Smith said. “She did not. A committee of nine evaluated the sale, the president approved the sale, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and others had to offer permits, and none of the uranium was exported for use by the U.S. to Russia. That is Uranium One.”
Trump said earlier this month that he was “very unhappy” that the feds were not investigating her.
“Hopefully they are doing something,” Trump said of the Justice Department probing Clinton during a radio interview with host Larry O’Connor on Washington’s WMAL. “At some point maybe we’re going to all have it out.”
Republicans in recent weeks have been calling for the appointment of another special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton, however Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday during a congressional hearing said it would take “a factual basis that meets the standards of a special counsel” to appoint a new one.
“We will use the proper standards and that’s the only thing I can tell you, Mr. Jordan,” Sessions said. “You can have your idea but sometimes we have to study what the facts are and to evaluate whether it meets the standards it requires.”