Former President Bill Clinton sought clearance from Hillary Clinton’s State Department in 2010 to meet with a key Russian nuclear official who needed the Obama administration’s approval to finalize a highly-controversial uranium deal — all while Clinton prepared to collect a massive $500,000 payday for a speech in Moscow, according to a report from The Hill.
According to The Hill, on behalf of former President Clinton, Clinton Foundation foreign policy advisor Amitabh Desai sent an email on May 14, 2010, to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s State Department, outlining a list of 15 Russian officials the former president wanted to meet. Included on the list was Arkady Dvorkovich, a top aide to then-Russian President Dmitri Medvedev and one of the highest-ranking government officials to serve on Rosatom’s board of supervisors.
“In the context of a possible trip to Russia at the end of June, WJC is being asked to see the business/government folks below. Would State have concerns about WJC seeing any of these folks,” Desai wrote to Hillary Clinton’s team, using the former president’s initials.
The report states that the email went to “two of Hillary Clinton’s most senior advisers, Jake Sullivan and Cheryl Mills.”
An exchange of emails ensued between Hillary’s team and Desai, and although documents do not show what decision the State Department ended up making, sources told The Hill that the State Department decided against holding any meetings with the Russian officials on the list.
“Bill Clinton instead got together with Vladimir Putin at the Russian leader’s private homestead,” The Hill added.
Multiple aides representing both Bill and Hillary Clinton claim that Bill did not have any conversations about Rosatom or the Uranium One deal while in Russia, and that he didn’t meet with anyone connected to the deal.
Nick Merrill, a representative for Hillary Clinton, blamed rightwing media for the reemergence of the Uranium One deal in the national news narrative — even though the reports have all come from the left-leaning publication The Hill and the centrist publication Circa News.
“Its roots are with a project shepherded by Steve Bannon, which should tell you all you need to know,” Merrill said. “At every turn this storyline has been debunked on the merits. This latest iteration is simply more of the right doing Trump’s bidding for him to distract from his own Russia problems, which are real and a grave threat to our national security.”