- Fox News anchor Shepard Smith discredited the Uranium One “scandal,” a theory that his own network has promoted and tied to Hillary Clinton.
- This comes as Republicans aggressively promote the unsubstantiated theory and advocate for a special counsel to investigate the claims.
- Fox viewers attacked Smith, suggesting he should work for another network.
Fox News anchor Shepard Smith discredited an unsubstantiated theory that his own network and other conservative media outlets and Republican politicians have aggressively promoted as Hillary Clinton’s Uranium One “scandal.”
During Tuesday night’s broadcast, Smith succinctly debunked Republicans’ claims that the Obama administration and the Clinton-led State Department approved a deal allowing a Russian company to buy a Canadian-based mining company in exchange for donations to the Clinton Foundation.
Smith’s report came as Republican calls for a special counsel to investigate what they allege is a scandal are mounting. President Donald Trump has called the issue “Watergate, modern-age” and his surrogates and supporters say it amounts to the “real Russia scandal.” Smith played a clip of Trump making the allegations — which were first promoted by Breitbart News editor Peter Schweizer — on the campaign trail in 2016 and then called Trump’s statement “inaccurate in a number of ways.”
Smith reported that the accusation lacks evidence because the Uranium One deal was unanimously approved by representatives of nine government agencies, just one of which was the Clinton-led State Department. And there is no proof that Clinton personally approved the deal, as one of her deputies officially signed off on it.
“The accusation is predicated on the charge that Secretary Clinton approved the sale. She did not,” Smith said. “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 US to Russia.”
Smith’s segment was met with harsh criticism from many Fox viewers, who suggested he should leave Fox and work for CNN or MSNBC.
“Get Shepard Smith off of Fox. He’s arrogant and doing his own spin. Nobody knows how deep the left’s conspiracy goes and Shepherd Smith has ZERO inside info because nobody trusts him. OUT!” one viewer, Brook West, tweeted.
Watch the clip below:
Shep Smith just took apart the Uranium One conspiracy theory in what amounts to a methodical annihilation of his own network’s coverage of the story. pic.twitter.com/D439QyIBWU
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) November 14, 2017
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