Why is the special counsel probing the Trump campaign's links to Russia when Hillary Clinton gave 20 percent of U.S. uranium to the Russians when she was secretary of state in exchange for $145 million in donations to the Clinton Foundation?

Simple. She didn't.

The allegation being dredged up by President Trump and his defenders was false when it was first uttered and it's false now. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. Here are the facts:

In 2010, the Russian nuclear authority Rosatom purchased an interest in Uranium One, a Canadian company that owned rights to a portion of U.S. uranium deposits. The deal required the approval of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, comprising nine federal agencies including the State Department.

The committee approved, as did the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Clinton herself did not attend the committee meetings; that was the job of an assistant secretary, who said Clinton never intervened in the matter. In any case, she did not have the power to veto the deal; only President Barack Obama did.

The donations to the Clinton Foundation came almost entirely from one man, the Canadian company's founder, but he sold his entire stake in the company three years before the Russia deal and before Clinton became secretary of state.

In the end, the company extracted only about 2 percent of U.S. production, and none of it left the country, because Rosatom does not have the required export permit.

Those are the facts.