Hillary Clinton’s foundation received millions in undisclosed donations from the executive of a nuclear energy company tied to Russia at the same time she led the State Department to approve its purchase of U.S. uranium.
The chairman of Uranium One, a Vancouver-based uranium company that was purchased by the Russian state atomic agency Rosatom between 2009 and 2013, gave the Clintons four donations amounting to $2.35 million during the same time.
Her husband Bill Clinton also received one of his highest speaking fees, $500,000, in June 2010 in Moscow for addressing an investment bank linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin.
Hillary Clinton (seen Wednesday at Georgetown University) was helping approve Russia’s purchase of US uranium production as her foundation received millions from executives tied to the deal.
An investigation from The New York Times based on interviews and public records in Canada, the U.S. and Russia shows that the Clinton Foundation was accepting millions of donations from Canadian Uranium One Chairman Ian Telfer
Accepting the donations of a company tied to foreign governments could be seen as influencing Hillary’s work as secretary of state.
The revelations come as increased scrutiny is placed on Clinton’s ambassadorial work after she announced that she was running for president in 2016.
When Rosatom purchased 51 per cent of Uranium One, which controls a reported one-fifth of the uranium made in the US, the reported $610 million sale needed to be approved by a committee of government agencies, including the State Department.
Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States approved the majority ownership deal in 2010.
Jose Fernandez, a former assistant secretary of state, was the principal State Department representative on the committee, and said that Clinton did not intervene with his work.
No one ‘has ever produced a shred of evidence supporting the theory that Hillary Clinton ever took action as secretary of state to support the interests of donors to the Clinton Foundation,’ according to foundation spokesman Brian Fallon.