The Left has been desperately working
for months to find any shred of evidence that Donald Trump had even the
slightest connection to Russia during the presidential campaign. Despite
having the full support of their friends in the media, they have
consistently failed to find anything substantive.
At first, I assumed the liberal elites were simply driven by their
inability to accept that the American people elected Donald Trump as
their 45th president. Now, I have another theory: The Trump-Russia story
is meant to serve as a pure distraction aimed at masking real corruption
by the Clinton political machine.
As The Hill reported on Sunday, while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of
State, a Kremlin-linked bank paid her husband, former President Bill
Clinton, hundreds of thousands of dollars. Also during her tenure as top
diplomat, earlier reports indicate Canadian and Russian business
executives directed many millions more to the Clinton Foundation. In
fact, citing recently unsealed Federal Bureau of Investigation reports,
The Hill described a thorough Russian campaign aimed at gaining access
to the Clintons and capitalizing on their influence, while also spying
on them to advance a pro-Russia agenda. In 2010, the FBI arrested 10
so-called “sleeper cell” Russian spies who had reportedly become too
close to Hillary Clinton.
Meanwhile, while serving as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton was also
overseeing a laundry list of U.S.-Russian initiatives and dealings.
Among other things, she served on the Committee on Foreign Investment,
where she voted in favor of President Obama’s approval of the sale of
Uranium One, a Canadian business, to a state-owned Russian nuclear
energy outfit. At the time, the Canadian company controlled 20 percent
of the U.S. uranium reserves.
Before the sale was approved, a Kremlin-linked bank that supported the
deal paid Bill Clinton $500,000 for a 90-minute speech in Moscow to
promote the Uranium One’s stock. Bill then met personally with Vladimir
Putin. All the while, people linked with Uranium One – and its previous
incarnation UrAsia – reportedly paid the Clinton Foundation $145 million
You can’t make this stuff up, and while the news media continues to
acknowledge the facts, they still claim there is no foul play on behalf
of the Clintons in terms of the uranium deal. The Media Research Center
found that the ABC, NBC, and CBS evening shows have “spent only 3
minutes and 1 second on the Clinton Foundation scandal in more than two
In comparison, another Media Research Center report found that since
Inauguration Day evening shows on these three networks have aired “1,000
minutes of coverage discussing Russia’s attempt to boost Trump in 2016,
and speculation that Trump’s campaign may have colluded with the
Russians in this project.”
And remember: The so-called collusion story came out of supposed
opposition research we now know was funded by Clinton and her Democrat
Thankfully, House and Senate Republicans have now launched new
investigations into the Clintons’ ties to Russia – as well as Hillary’s
illegal use of a private email server as Secretary of State. The email
scandal is now even more significant given that we know that she
continued to use a private, insecure email server despite the FBI
arresting a ring of Russian agents who were specifically targeting her.
As I told Sean Hannity on Monday, I think we are on the edge of the
greatest corruption scandal in American history.
The first thing Congress should do is demand that every single dollar
donated to the Clinton Foundation and its charity initiatives be made
public to show exactly where the Clintons derived their money. I suspect
there are millions of foreign dollars hidden away in foreign
subsidiaries that were never reported in financial disclosures.
The truth about the level of foreign donation, influence peddling, and
outright corruption involved in the Clinton world could change American
The great irony of all this though, is that the Clintons started the
so-called Russian collusion scandal, and in the end, they may be the
ones destroyed by it.
Newt Gingrich is a Fox News contributor. A Republican, he was speaker of
the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. Follow him
on Twitter @NewtGingrich. His latest book is "Understanding Trump."