Former 2012 Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney might not be running for president in 2016, but that is not stopping him from taking a high profile role in helping the GOP regain the White House, regardless of the candidate. Romney has vocally critically of President Barack Obama’s administration and is doing the same the Republican’s candidate to beat, Democrat Hillary Clinton. Romney appeared Thursday evening, April 23, 2015 on the Hugh Hewitt Show where he discussed Clinton’s latest scandal, giving his own analysis that the donations to the Clinton Foundation leading to uranium deal during her tenure as Secretary of State “looks like bribery.”
Romney expressed his surprise to Hewitt that Clinton would go that far, and except a bribe as Secretary of State, “You know, I’ve got to tell you, I was stunned by it. I mean, it looks like bribery. I mean, there is every appearance that Hillary Clinton was bribed to grease the sale of, what, 20 percent 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.” From Romney’s description, the scandal looks to be Richard Nixon Watergate level, abuse of power, erased records, and cover-ups.
Romney believes that Clinton made it even worse for herself and ability to clear her name, by erasing her emails during her time as Secretary of State off her private email server, another scandal surrounding the Democratic candidate. Romney indicated “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. But this is a very, very serious series of facts, and it looks like bribery.” Romney however, did not comment how the accusation would affect Clinton’s campaign; he did say it is “an ethical morass… at best.”
Romney did give some advice, saying both Hillary and Former President Bill Clinton would need to release three years worth of taxes individual and from their foundation. Romney advised, “Well, no question if she runs for president, Bill and Hillary Clinton will have to release their joint returns, not just her return, but their joint returns, because assets are commingled. And No. 2, yes, the foundation would have to release its returns as well. I’m not asking for 10 years, but I’m saying they ought to give at least three years of returns so we can see where the money’s been coming from.”
Now the Clintons are facing another scandal about foreign money and the Clinton Foundation and other charities. Conservative author Peter Schweizer’s new book being released on May 5 and entitled “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich” examines and brings to light this other scandal that may or may not affect Clinton’s new presidential campaign. For over a month the news media has been discussing the questionable donations the Clinton Foundation has been receiving up and including last year. Banks either under investigation, being litigated or fined giving donations, foreign countries looking for political favors including from the Middle East giving to the foundation, in addition to gross mismanagement of the charities.
Now the New York Times reported on Thursday, April 23, that Clinton might have done political favors as Secretary of State in exchange for donations to the Clinton Foundation. According to the report, the foundation accepted $2.35 million from a Canadian company that was later purchased by “Rosatom, the Russian atomic energy agency.” The Russian agency was able to acquire “one-fifth of U.S. uranium production.” Coincidently Clinton was Secretary of State at the time, and might have facilitated the deal’s approval and the sale of the company.
The accusation is something the Clinton camp and campaign are fiercely denying, falling back on the Clinton’s favorite excuse that they are “absurd conspiracy theories.” Meanwhile the Clinton Foundation is already limiting their donations to western friendly countries, “Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom.” The Foundation also announced it will re-file their tax returns and audit for any errors.
Adrienne Watson, the communications director for Correct the Record, a pro-Clinton group officially responded to Romney’s insinuations saying, “The decision to approve the sale of uranium never rose to Secretary Clinton’s level and was approved by at least half a dozen government agencies. Mitt Romney should take a cue from Hillary Clinton and start talking about the real problems facing people across our country.” Meanwhile the Clinton camp and campaign are fiercely denying it, blaming the Republicans and calling it the accusations “absurd conspiracy theories.” Romney replied that that all the Clintons’ camp excuses are “Well, it’s blah, blah, blah.” Clinton herself is not personally commenting on the latest scandal, as she did not on the email scandal.
The former 2012 Presidential candidate thinks it would serve the Democrats better if they found another candidate, just not Massachusetts Senator and liberal darling Elizabeth Warren. Romney commented, “I think people are going to rethink this race on the Democratic side, and as for Elizabeth Warren, boy, I sure hope it’s not her. Let me tell you, but there may be some others who are more palatable.”
Mitt Romney on Clinton foundation uranium payments: “It looks like bribery”, The Hugh Hewitt Show, April 23, 2015
Bonnie K. Goodman is the Editor of the Academic Buzz Network, a series of political, academic & education blogs which includes History Musings: History, News & Politics. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies, both from McGill University, and has done graduate work in Jewish history at Concordia University as part of the MA in Judaic Studies program. She covers US, Canadian & Israeli politics, with a particular focus on the Obama presidency, Congress, domestic policy, and elections.