MSNBC Host Schools Guest On The Facts Behind A Clinton Conspiracy Theory

"This is such a joy to watch. No pun intended."

Twitter applauded MSNBC's Joy Reid this week when she debunked her guest's claims about former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's ties to the 2010 Uranium One deal, using something frequently forgotten in today's political landscape — facts.

During Sunday's episode of Reid's show AM Joy, guest Jen Kerns of conservative website The Washington Examiner echoed claims made by President Donald Trump on Twitter that morning (as well as earlier in the month and during the 2016 presidential campaign) that Clinton pushed for a deal to sell uranium to Russia.


Many saw Trump's mention of the deal, among other Clinton-related topics, as a distraction from news about Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the election, which led to charges against three former Trump campaign officials on Monday.

As HuffPost explains, Uranium One was a Canadian company with mining operations in the United States, a portion of which was sold in 2010 to the mining arm of a Russian nuclear energy agency, as approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

On her show Sunday, Reid pulled apart what her show's Twitter account called a "fake news story" about Clinton's supposed involvement in approving the deal, which seemingly stems from reports that the Clinton Foundation had received donations from Uranium One investors. "We're not going to get derailed, but I want to ask you a couple of fact-based questions," Reid told her guest.

As Reid pointed out and Kerns admitted, Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time, did not "sit personally" on the Uranium One deal when it was being approved by CFIUS. She also made sure to remind Kerns (and viewers) that the uranium being mined "is for nuclear power ... not for nuclear bombs," and noted that Clinton Foundation donor Frank Giustra had sold his stake in Uranium One before Clinton was secretary of state.

"So what you're talking about is a deal that nine members of CFIUS approved unanimously," Reid summed up. "None of them was Hillary Clinton. You have a donor who separately gave Hillary Clinton donations at a time when she was not secretary of state. The two things cross in the night, they have no relation to each other."

"There's actually nothing about the deal that's controversial," Reid concluded. "The only reason we're talking about it is because, per your admission which I think is very honest, the RNC [Republican National Committee] would like us to be talking about this now."

Reid's measured, reasonable response to Kerns earned praise from many on social media, who wished more media figures would call out similarly false claims. One user praised her for doing "her homework," while another wrote that Reid "schooled us on what real journalism looks like."

(H/T: The Root)


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