A billionaire linked to the ‘Clinton Cash’ scandals once said something amazing about doing business with Bill Clinton. Now the two are distancing themselves from each other faster than Michael Moore to a dinner bell.
Frank Giustra just happened to give the Clinton Foundation 30 MILLION dollars after he and Bill flew on his private jet to Kazakhstan and met with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev securing a lucrative uranium deal.
In 2006, Giustra was happy to boast of his “friends in high places”, saying, “All of my chips, almost, are on Bill Clinton,” Giustra reportedly said. “He’s a brand, a worldwide brand, and he can do things and ask for things that no one else can.”
Furthermore, Uranium One, the company created by Giustra, has now managed to land in the hands of the Russians. Super.
When the Times initially reported on this in 2008, representatives for both Clinton and Giustra denied the ex-president did anything to help the billionaire with his deal-making during their time together in Kazakhstan.
“A spokesman for Mr. Clinton said the former president knew that Mr. Giustra had mining interests in Kazakhstan but was unaware of ‘any particular efforts’ and did nothing to help,” wrote Times reporters Jo Becker and Don Van Natta. “Mr. Giustra said [the president] was there as an ‘observer only’ and there was ‘no discussion’ of the deal with Mr. Nazarbayev or Mr. Clinton.”
Giustra’s comment about Clinton being able to “do things and ask for things” came in a New Yorker article by David Remnick that was published the week of September 18, 2006. Giustra reportedly made the remark about Clinton while they were on a charitable trip to Africa together.
According to Remnick, the pair made the journey on board Giustra’s jet. Remnick wrote that he encountered Giustra at an event in South Africa that Clinton also attended.