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Recently Esquire Magazine produced a piece challenging the “Uranium One/Clinton” scandal with a powerful presentation by Fox News Shep Smith.

Their piece is at:

On or about 11.14.17 Shepherd Smith broadcast the piece in question and we transcribed it entirely.  It is rather long, but very important for many reasons including:  What is going on at FOX if two of their top people, Shep Smith and Sean Hannity are on utterly opposite sides of an issue?  Some of Shep’s material is questionable, which we point out in our analysis following the transcript:

“So what are the facts?  What is Uranium One?  Uranium One is the name of a South Africa based mining company.  Back in 2007 it merged with Urasia Energy based in Canada.  And in 2010 the mining arm of the Russian nuclear agency Rosaton bought controlling interest in the company.  Among other places that mining company had operations in Wyoming that amounted to what the Nuclear Regulatory Commissions, or the NRC said at the time was about 20% of the uranium production capacity of the US.  Today the NRC says it is about 10%.

Now, here’s the accusation, nine people involved in the deal made donations to the Clinton Foundation totaling more than $140 million.  In exchange Secretary of State Clinton approved the sale to the Russians, a “quid pro quo.”  The accusation first made by Peter Schwiezer, the Senior Editor, at Large, of the website Brietbart in his 2015 book “Clinton Cash.” The next year candidate Donald Trump cited the accusation as an example of Clinton corruption.”

Donald  Trump video: “Hillary Clinton’s State Department approved the transfer of 20% of America’s uranium holdings to Russia while nine investors in the deal funneled $145 million to the Clinton Foundation.”

“That statement is inaccurate in a number of ways.  First, the Clinton State Department had no power to veto or approve that transaction.  It could do neither.  Here’s how it does work:  By law when a foreign company wants to buy anything with potential national security implications an interagency  committee of the Federal government must approve it.  The committee was given a broad mandate under President Reagan, to advise the President on foreign investment transactions.  That committee is called CIFUS, or the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.  It includes nine department heads:  The Secretary of the Treasury is the Chairperson, the rest are the Heads of the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, Commerce, Defense, State and Energy plus the Office of the US Trade Representative and the Office of Science and Technology Policy, that’s CIFUS.  The nine department heads all approved the sale of uranium to Uranium One.

It was unanimous, not a Hillary Clinton approval.  We don’t know definitively whether or not Hillary Clinton participated at all, directly. Then Secretary of State, I should say Assistant Secretary of State Francisco Hernando on CIFUS, he says she never intervened.  Further, neither Secretary Clinton or CIFUS could stop any deal of this kind.  The committee members evaluate a sale of anything potentially involved in national security.  By law if one member objects the President and only the President can veto such a transaction.  No committee member of the nine objected.  Federal approvals were also needed.   The Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved the sale on November 24, 2010 and in doing so stipulated that no uranium produced may be exported.

So where does the uranium go?  Well, the Energy Information Agency, or EIA, reports that unless special permission is granted by governmental agencies Uranium One sells the uranium it mines in the United States to civilian power reactors in the United States, but operators of those reactors have many other sources of their uranium.  Last year 89% of the uranium used by power plants in the United States came from foreign producers, the EIA. Regarding the donations to the Clinton Foundation, again the accusation is that Hillary Clinton’s State Department approved the transfer of 20% of America’s uranium holdings to Russia while nine investors in the deal funneled $145 million to the Clinton Foundation.  Here the timing is inaccurate.  Most of those donations were from one man, Frank Wistra the founder of the company in Canada.  He gave $131 million to the Clinton Foundation, but Wistra says he sold his stake in the company back to 2007 that’s three years before the uranium Russian deal and a year-and-a-half before Hillary Clinton became Secretary of State.  We can’t independently verify his  statement.  But if certain the donation to the Clinton Foundation confirm the donations drop from $145 million to four million Dollars.  The Clinton Foundation did not disclose those donations after a New York Times story exposed them.  The Foundation reported it “made mistakes” saying the names of the donors to that charity, but associations with the uranium company.  Even so the accusation is predicated on the charge that Secretary Clinton having approved the sale, she did not.  A committee of nine evaluated the sale, the President approved the sale, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and others had offer permits and none of the uranium was exported for use by the US to Russia.  That is Uranium One.”  (End of editorial)

Why would a foreign corporation would want to own assets it could not realize or even control?  While it possible they could make some money with the investment why are they investing abroad when there are many opportunities at home?

Shepherd Smith is right that Hillary could not approve the deal, but she could stop it and that is just as powerful a position, but she could easily sell it to a capitulating President. Liberals believe the way to peace is to cut everyone down to the same size.  Apparently they never spent any time on an elementary school playground.  Bullies control until adults enforce the peace.  Mr. Obama would be open to letting Russia have all the uranium they wanted as a gesture of peace.  And, he may know the greater truth:

Russia will never attack us as long as they have frequent crop failures as we are the greatest grain producers on the planet and keep the price down and the availability high.  Grain is our greatest weapon.  When people starve they storm the palaces of power and kill the Kings.  Russians know this better than anyone.  The ink of their history is the blood of inept rulers.

That the deal was approved by the CIFUS committee only means President Obama wanted it approved.  We need to know who actually has the power in this situation.  Is the Smith version accurate or is the Hannity version the truth?  That is a question we will answer, but wanted to publish this now as there seems to be some urgency in the issue.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author and are not not necessarily either shared or endorsed by

Adrian Vance

Trained as a science teacher, with eight years classroom experience, he has been writing professionally since the age of 15. He was the youngest person to be published in Journal of the Illinois Academy of Science at 17 as a result of a paper he wrote suggesting a revision in the science teaching curriculum. Publication was accidental as his teacher headed the selection committee and his paper was sent to the printer in error. Nonetheless, it received positive response. It proposed teaching General Science, then Physics followed by Chemistry with Biology in the senior year given the then new molecular focus in Biology.
During his college years he worked on the school newspaper, primarily as a photographer and did an occasional feature, some of which caused him to be called to the Dean’s office. “You don’t like the way we do things here?” was the usual opening remark followed by the expected suggestion.
After his third year, exhausted and without direction, he left for one year, but returned, when Sputnik and Admiral Rickover’s books documented a crisis in American education. He felt called to teach and completed a B.S. in Physical Science at Illinois State University with a major in chemistry, minor in biology, near minors physics and education. He did graduate work in both Illinois and California completing a California Life Diploma teaching credential in 1962.
While teaching he saw many needs and opportunities in educational publishing so he wrote and produced educational materials, primarily filmstrips and sound recordings. He also wrote for photographic magazines as film work put him in touch with many photographic and production problems. He has 325 screen credits in educational, industrial film and filmstrip as a writer-producer. In 1976 he won the Learning Magazine “Best of the Year” award for his “You in the Universe” filmstrip series and the New York Film and Television Festival Silver Medal for “An Introduction to Cells” filmstrip series.
For a partial database of Adrian’s publications please click on and you will see them listed by series title and publisher. Each series title included four to 30 filmstrips and all are not fully listed in this database. The grand total is over 800.
Over that 30 years Mr. Vance also wrote other material: two books, published in New York: “UFO’s: The Eye and the Camera” for Barlenmir House and “Audiovisual Production” for Amphoto Books. He wrote and illustrated over 100 features and columns for photography magazines. He was a Founding Contributing Editor for Peterson’s PhotoGraphic Magazine and the West Coast Editor of Popular Photography from 1974 to 1978, writing a monthly column for the magazine. As a result of underwater photography work he contributed to SKIN DIVER magazine in the 70’s. His “Timing Waves to Enter The Sea” article, first appearing in SKIN DIVER, is now a chapter in a classified U.S. Navy Seals training manual.
“UFO’s, The Eye and the Camera” documents his “Two channel information theory for the analysis of events simultaneously seen and photographed.” It is the first comparative analysis of vision and photography written with the idea of combining information from both sources into a single analysis that can be used scientifically and forensically.
Mr. Vance is also credited with solving the mystery of how complete maps of Earth were drawn in antiquity and he rediscovered Captain Cook’s secret method of locating Pacific islands so well their positions have only recently been improved. He is cited with discovering the method in the seventh edition of “The Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings,” by Dr. Charles Hapgood and he later contributed to a definitive article on cartography in antiquity for The Smithsonian Magazine as they confirmed his method.
On February 19, 1976 Mr. Vance got a “Certificate of Appreciation” award from the Los Angeles Police Department “in grateful recognition of his generosity in make available to officers of this Department the talents and training of his German Shepherd, Boris. The ready willingness of Mr. Adrian Vance to become involved and to make available his valuable dog in a potentially hazardous situation deserves the gratitude and approbation of the entire Los Angeles Police Department.” This incident was critical to the LAPD administration’s realization that trained dogs could be of value in police work and they are now employed by the LAPD.
When the computer replaced film the school market audio-visual field he switched horses at full gallop and produced 460 computer educational disk systems for the Apple II computer over 15 years. During that time he became a professional broadcaster in the 90’s to promote the State Water bond issue in Santa Barbara, California as he felt it was critical for the town. He was publicly credited for having been one of the top ten reasons the measure passed thanks to his book “Drought in Paradise” and radio work.
The collapse of his software business when Apple Computer discontinued the “II” machine line in 1995 crystallized the failure of his second marriage. With no clear direction in the school market supplemental materials field he sought a career in broadcasting in Las Vegas, Nevada doing shows on both KDWN and KXNT. This was unsatisfying due to the “star” economics of commercial radio where a few performers make millions and everyone else starves.
Mr. Vance has also been a day trader, strategist, system developer and author on the equities markets and trading. He now trades stock, land and develops residential property. His website and trading information service, “The Stock Surfer” was a leading Internet service for seven years. He has been developing “The Young Americans” series of Young Adult novels promoting conservative values as well as his personal memoir, “A Long Way From Normal.” You can buy Adrian Vance’ books or downloads at
December 21, 2010 he was awarded US. Patent 7,855,061 for his “Fuel Farm” that makes a gasoline equivalent 100 Octane fuel, butanol, from CO2, water and sunlight with algae and bacteria. You can see the full disclosure websites regarding his inventions at: and


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