Remember, this comes from Fox News. Alana Horowitz Satlin:
“Here’s the accusation,” Smith explained Tuesday. “Nine people involved in the deal made donations to the Clinton Foundation totaling more than $140 million. In exchange, Secretary of State Clinton approved the sale to the Russians — a quid pro quo.”
What’s the problem with the accusation?
There’s never been any evidence that Clinton acted inappropriately and, as Smith notes, “the Clinton State Department had no power to approve or veto that transaction. It could do neither.” Indeed, the State Department was just one of nine agencies that signed off on the deal and Clinton herself wasn’t even on the committee.
That explains why there has not been an F.B.I. investigation.
The accusation is predicated on the charge that Secretary Clinton approved the sale,” Smith said. “She did not. 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 U.S. to Russia. That is Uranium One.
In other words, move along, nothing to see here. Why do people believe such drivel? They watch Fox News, read too much Facebook, visit alt-right websites which appear to be authoritative (thanks to Negativity Bias), and are afraid of anything to do with mainstream media (which is exactly what totalitarian governments expect of their citizens). The problem in politics these days is less about politicians and more about voters.