[Ed. – Remember the Riadys and the Lippo Group?]
As outrageous as [the Uranium One] deal sounds, however, it was not the Clintons’ most egregious adventure in mining skulduggery. That adventure climaxed nearly twenty years ago – September 18, 1996, to be precise – when then President Bill Clinton unilaterally transformed a 1.7-million-acre slice of southern Utah into a new national monument. …
Less than two months before the 1996 presidential election, the national media chose not to ask why Clinton had made so astonishing a move.
The answer could be traced back to the November 1994 midterms. … Not by chance, just a week after the election, the Clintons were heading to the one place in the world most capable of nurturing a comeback: Indonesia, the home base of the Riady family.
The Riadys had bailed Clinton out as governor…
Lippo had a lot at stake. … Suharto’s family had secured an exclusive, no bid, no-cut contract to supply clean coal to the Paiton power plant. The family’s financial backer in his Indonesian coal mining business was none other than Mochtar Riady. The Lippo Group controlled one of the only two commercially viable low-sulfur coalmines in the world, this one conveniently located near the Paiton plant in Indonesia.
The other one just happened to be located in Southern Utah. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer reported that the people of Utah were “furious” with Clinton for signing away their future. They claimed that the move was “a land grab” by the federal government “at the economic expense of the state.”