Former President Bill Clinton reportedly sought permission to meet with a Russian nuclear official who served on the board of the Russian company that benefited from the Obama-era Uranium One Deal.
According to a new report from The Hill, Clinton made efforts to meet with Arkady Dvorkovich, a top aide of then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev who also sat on the board of supervisors in the Russian nuclear energy firm Rosatom. Dvorkovich was one of 15 Russians listed in an May 14, 2010, email that Clinton wanted to meet the following month, when he already had a $500,000 speaking engagement scheduled in Moscow.
In an email written to the State Department, Clinton Foundation foreign policy adviser Amitabh Desai wrote, “In the context of a possible trip to Russia at the end of June, WJC is being asked to see the business/government folks below. Would State have concerns about WJC seeing any of these folks?” This email was sent to Jake Sullivan and Cheryl Mills, two of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s top advisors.
Due to a delayed response from the State Department, Desai followed up with numerous emails in hopes for clearance for Mr. Clinton.
“Dear Jake, we urgently need feedback on this. Thanks, Ami,” Desai pleaded two weeks later.
A decision was never officially documented, but current and former aides to both Clintons told The Hill that the former president’s aides and State decided not to hold any of the meetings with the Russians on the list.
Clinton met with Vladimir Putin instead.
This follows another report that the FBI gathered evidence that Russia corruption was involved in the Uranium One Deal and that it was tied to the Clinton Foundation.
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