On Tuesday, The Hill reported that the “FBI uncovered [a] Russian bribery plot before [the] Obama administration approved [a] controversial nuclear deal with Moscow.”
The story seemingly vindicated President Trump’s insistence during the campaign that the Clinton Foundation received donations from Russia to influence then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s decision on whether to approve the purchase of 20 percent of the U.S. uranium supply by a Russian-controlled company.
In the over-48 hours since that story broke, CNN had not mentioned the story on a produced program. After President Trump tweeted and mentioned the story in a news conference, that ended just after 1:00 pm ET today.
That was it. In a passing mention totaling about 10 seconds, Wolf Blitzer said the president calls the uranium story the real Russian scandal. Despite The Hill report, and follow-up reports by Circa, again in The Hill, and other – mostly conservative – outlets, CNN hadn’t given any coverage up to these 10 seconds.
The uranium story has a link to the current Russian election probe. Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor investigating so-called “Russian collusion,” was head of the FBI in 2009 and 2010 while the FBI investigation was underway.
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The FBI investigation also predates the 2012 election, when Barack Obama told Mitt Romney that the “1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back” in regard to Romney’s assertion that Russia was the biggest geopolitical threat to the United States. Had this story been known before that election, Romney may have been proven right.
Will CNN give more than this 10 seconds to a story that threatens to undermine its whole narrative about Russian influence in the United States? Or will they continue to ignore it to give cover to both Obama and Clinton, as they’ve done for the past nine years?
The answer is very much obvious.
Author: Rob Eno
Robert Eno is the director of research for Conservative Review. He is a conservative from deep blue Massachusetts but now lives in Greenville, SC.