Shep Smith defended HRC & Uranium One, then faced an ungodly Twitter storm the likes he's never seen

Trump and Clinton at the third presidential debate in October 2016.    
    Credit Daniel Acker  Getty

Trump and Clinton at the third presidential debate in October 2016. Credit Daniel Acker Getty

The Justice Department is considering whether to appoint a second special counsel to investigate several matters associated with Hillary Clinton, including the Uranium One deal that Donald Trump has been calling "the real Russian Federation story".

"Here's the accusation: nine people involved in the deal made donations to the Clinton Foundation totaling more than $140 million", he said.

Since Smith's segment, Uranium One has been mentioned over 40 times on various Fox News shows.

As Shep also points out, those ranting about the Uranium One deal also maintain that Hillary approved the sale of the uranium as a quid pro quo.

"The accusation, first made by Peter Schweizer, the senior editor-at-large of the website Breitbart, in his 2015 book, 'Clinton Cash, '" Smith said.

You can see a longer clip of this segment over at Media Matters, which also shows Trump claiming that Hillary's State Department "approved the transfer of 20 percent of America's uranium holdings to Russian Federation". "The next year, candidate Donald Trump cited the accusation as an example of Clinton corruption".

Smith, never one to blindly toe the party line, took to task President Donald Trump ― and, implicitly, his cable news network of choice ― over the "inaccurate" portrayal of the sale of a Canadian mining company with major USA holdings to a Russian company.

But Smith called it inaccurate in a number of ways.

"The Clinton State Department had no power to approve or veto that transaction".

Smith then laid out the approval process for the sale, which involves a nine-person committee made up of the heads of federal agencies, and noted that no one person could approve or veto the deal - only former President Obama could do either.

"The accusation is predicated on the charge that Secretary Clinton approved the sale", he said. Following pressure from the president and several Republican members of Congress, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced earlier this week that the Justice Department would consider appointing a special counsel to review the deal as well as other matters involving Clinton and other Democrats. "That is Uranium One".