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"Hillary Clinton's State Department approved the transfer of 20 percent of America's uranium holdings to Russian Federation, while nine investors in the deal funneled $145 million to the Clinton Foundation", Trump said on the campaign trail in June 2016, according to CNN.

The deal involved a Canadian company, Uranium One, which has operations in the U.S. In 2010, Uranium One executives agreed to sell a majority stake in the company to JSC Atomredmetzoloto, the mining division of Rosatom, the Russian nuclear energy agency. "And now we need to have it investigated to the absolute ends of this trail", Gorka said.

In his segment, Smith then stated what the allegations against Clinton were.

President Donald Trump and his supporters have criticized the deal and suggested former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may be implicated in wrongdoing. Even if Hillary Clinton were somehow acting in response to donations to her foundation, it would be systematically impossible for her to have that much sway over the decision. Republicans, including President Donald Trump, have for years claimed that Clinton approved the deal in a quid-pro-quo exchange for donations to the Clinton Foundation. The accusation first made by Peter Schweizer, the senior editor-at-large of the website Breitbart in his 2015 book Clinton Cash.

In an interview with Mother Jones, Clinton directly confronted the idea, which she said, if carried out, would oppose the American values that she promoted when she was Secretary of State.

Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers keynote during the Geisinger National Symposium, "From Crisis to Cure: Revitalizing America's Healthcare System", on November 9, 2017 in Danville, Pennsylvania.

Many viewers of Mr Smith's programme were outraged by his comments and suggested that he ought to work for CNN or MSNBC.

'She did not. A committee of nine evaluated the sale, the president approved the sale, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and others had to offer permits, and none of the uranium was exported for use by the United States to Russian Federation'.

'Shep Smith needs to be fired for his biased reporting, ' tweeted one Fox News viewer. "OUT!" one viewer, Brook West, tweeted.

In Twitter posts, Trump has called for an investigation of the sale, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Tuesday he is evaluating whether to appoint a special counsel. "Get Shepard Smith off Fox", said one. The nine-member Committee on Foreign Investments reviewed it; the committee consists of the secretaries of the Treasury, State, Defense, Homeland Security, the attorney general, and representatives from the U.S. Trade Representative's office and the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The Uranium One deal caught new fire as Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and the country's possible ties to the Trump campaign began to gain steam last month when three members of the campaign were handed various charges.


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