Conspiracy Theory

Republicans Announce Another Investigation of Hillary Clinton

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Congressional Republicans announced not one but two investigations of Hillary Clinton today, because time is a flat circle.

Inspired by Trump's stupid tweets and a raft of fake news from right wing outlets, Republicans have launched an investigation of the sale of a Uranium mining operation while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state all the way back in 2010.

The Obama-era uranium deal was a source of Republican criticism during the 2016 campaign. Republicans latched onto reports showing that one of the parties to the uranium sale was a Clinton Foundation donor. The State Department had a role in approving the deal while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, though there’s no evidence she was personally involved.

[House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes] said Rep. Pete King (R-NY), an intelligence committee member who raised questions about the deal at the time, would be that committee’s point person on the new probe.

Given how old this story is, you've probably already seen it debunked a dozen times.

Snopes already examined the issue in 2016 when Republicans first tried to smear Clinton over the deal.

Among the ways these accusations stray from the facts is in attributing a power of veto or approval to Secretary Clinton that she simply did not have. Clinton was one of nine cabinet members and department heads that sit on the CFIUS, and the secretary of the treasury is its chairperson. CFIUS members are collectively charged with evaluating the transaction for potential national security issues, then turning their findings over to the president. By law, the committee can’t veto a transaction; only the president can. According to The New York Times, Clinton may not have even directly participated in the Uranium One decision. Then-Assistant Secretary of State Jose Fernandez, whose job it was to represent the State Dept. on CFIUS, said Clinton herself “never intervened” in committee matters.

Sometimes I get the distinct impression that Republicans wish Hillary Clinton were elected president.

Life would be so much easier for them if she won, wouldn't it?

If she won, they could spend all of their time investigating her and never be held accountable for breaking the government. If she became president, they could have continued to vote to repeal Obamacare on a monthly basis with no actual policy consequences. They could have played side-seat driver to virtually everything. Wouldn't that be easier?

The Republican party is an opposition party, not a governing party.

  • muselet

    The timeline doesn’t support the assertion that there was corruption or a quid pro quo arrangement. The structure of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States doesn’t allow a Secretary of State to decide unilaterally on the transfer of ownership of uranium. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission states flatly that the uranium will remain physically in the US.

    Yet Devin Nunes and Pete King have decided to investigate this clear affront to … erm … something pretty damn’ important, even if they can’t quite articulate exactly what it is.

    The congressional Rs remind me of an old geek joke, and not in a good way:

    infinite loop SEE: loop, infinite
    loop, infinite SEE:: infinite loop

    –alopecia

  • fry1laurie

    And the party of “fiscal responsibility” strikes (out) again.

  • Nefercat

    “The Republican party is an opposition party, not a governing party.”
    —————————-
    Based on their determination to re-investigate a seven year old actual nothing burger rather than the activities of the traitor in the White House, I would call them a traitorous party, not a governing party.

  • Badgerite

    In order to make this actually fly, they would have to make up a new law that applies only to Hilary Clinton. They could call it the Anything Hilary Clinton Does Is Illegal Law.
    Remind me, how many times did Jared Kushner ‘omit’ crucial information on his security clearance forms. 100?
    I believe it has hit around a hundred at this point. Nobody whose memory is that bad should be working in the White House.

    • muselet

      Someone whose memory is that bad should be in a memory care facility. And shouldn’t be trusted with information more critical than a Netflix login.

      –alopecia

  • Georgie
  • *deep breath* AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

    I think *I* personally debunked that damn uranium story at least a dozen times last year in conversation with people.

    • Scopedog

      Yeah, but folks like Jimmy Dore and H.A.Goodman are probably sporting wood right now since they’ve been pushing the uranium story from the Left.

  • Victor the Crab

    More like a ruling party, Ash. They want to rule everything and not be held accountable or responsible when the shit hits the fan, because, in their tiny pointy heads, they’re never, ever wrong. And that means they will not stop until Crooked Hillary is wearing a pantsuit with horizontal prison stripes and breaking rocks in a hot sun on a chain gang for making Dear Leader Drumph and Republican Baby Jesus mad and sad.

  • The Republicans are like sailors on the Titanic trying to ensure that those below decks can’t get to the life boats when the boat is already half under the water.