While Mitt Romney may not be seeking another spot with the Republican party in 2016′s presidential election, that does not mean he will remain silent when it comes to next year’s candidates. In fact, Romney has dished about a possible conflict of interest within the Clinton network, telling conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, “You know, I’ve got to tell you, I was stunned by it. I mean, it looks like bribery.”
Romney has every reason to discredit Hillary Clinton in the run up to 2016′s election, but the former presidential candidate provided a compelling analysis of the Clinton family’s appropriation of the Clinton Foundation’s funds. Drawing from a New York Times story published Thursday, Romney painted a picture of the Clinton family giving generous donations to a uranium company in return for a sizable donation.
According to the Times story, Frank Giustra, a business magnate closely involved with Kazakhstan’s state-owned company Kazatomprom, donated over $30 million to the Clinton Foundation just after former president Bill Clinton made a trip to Kazakhstan with Hillary in tow. As part of the 2005 visit, the Clintons and Giustra met with Kazakhstan president Nursultan Nazarbayev, an arrangement that allegedly led to the US selling some of its uranium mines to Kazakhstan.
Bill Clinton’s tenure as president came and went, but Hillary Clinton remained in power as Secretary of State. While she held office, Kazatomprom rebranded itself as Uranium One, during which time Russia was able to buy a majority stake in the company and leverage its assets for its own uses.
Mitt Romney has been relentless in crediting the Clinton family with the merger that has left Russia with an outsized stake in the nuclear game. “I mean, there is every appearance that Hillary Clinton was bribed to grease the sale of, what, 20% of America’s uranium production to Russia, and then it was covered up by lying about a meeting at her home with the principals, and by erasing emails. And you know, I presume we might know for sure whether there was or was not bribery if she hadn’t wiped out thousands of emails,” Romney said, referring to Clinton’s private email scandal as Secretary of State.