Once again signaling that she believes she is above the law, Hillary Clinton has argued that a special council investigating her role in the Uranium One deal would be an “abuse of power” and signal that the US is now a “dictatorship.”
Speaking to Mother Jones on Wednesday, Clinton said that investigating her would “have devastating consequences for the justice system in America.”
“If they send a signal that we’re going to be like some dictatorship, like some authoritarian regime, where political opponents are going to be unfairly, fraudulently investigated, that rips at the fabric of the contract we have, that we can trust our justice system,” Clinton said. “It will be incredibly demoralizing to people who have served at the Justice Department, under both Republicans and Democrats, because they know better. But it will also send a terrible signal to our country and the world that somehow we are giving up on the kind of values that we used to live by and we used to promote worldwide.”
Earlier this week, the New York Times reported that top prosecutors have been asked by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to look into whether or not a special counsel should be appointed to look into Clinton’s role in the controversial Uranium One deal and donations to her family’s foundation.
The deal involved the Russian state-owned atomic energy giant Rosato gradually taking control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013. While these transactions were taking place, people with deep ties to the company were donating to the Clinton Foundation, including $2.35 million transferred into the Clinton Foundation from Uranium One’s chairman’s own family foundation. These donations were not publicly disclosed, despite a deal she had made with the Obama administration regarding transparency.
Additionally, the NYT reports, “shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Mr. Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock.”
On Thursday, the confidential informant for the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s role in Uranium One went public. The informant identified himself to Reuters as William Campbell and stated that he wants to testify about what he saw while undercover.
“I have worked with the Justice Department undercover for several years, and documentation relating to Uranium One and political influence does exist and I have it,” Campbell said.
Campbell is a former lobbyist for a Russian firm.