Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign is being forced to answer questions from no less a Democrat friendly source than the New York Times that she offered favours in return for donations to the Clinton Foundation and this time there is a connection to Canada.
The Times reports that the sale of Uranium One, a Canadian firm with significant uranium mining rights in the United States, to Russian interests, happened as donations and hefty speaking fees flowed from those involved in the deal to the Clinton Foundation.
The sale required regulatory approval in Canada and the United States, including input from the State Department which was headed up by Hillary Clinton at the time.
The New York Times’s examination of the Uranium One deal is based on dozens of interviews, as well as a review of public records and securities filings in Canada, Russia and the United States. Some of the connections between Uranium One and the Clinton Foundation were unearthed by Peter Schweizer, a former fellow at the right-leaning Hoover Institution and author of the forthcoming book Clinton Cash. Mr. Schweizer provided a preview of material in the book to The Times, which scrutinized his information and built upon it with its own reporting.
The Times links Canadian businessmen Frank Giustra, Ian Telfer and Russian bankers involved in the deal to donations and speaking fees that benefited either the Clinton Foundation or Bill Clinton himself.
The Clinton campaign denies anything untoward happened.
In a statement, Brian Fallon, a spokesman for Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign, said 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.”
Schweizer's book isn't released until May 5 but is already causing headaches for the Clinton campaign.
Expect more to come: Deals have been struck with the Times, the Washington Post and Fox News to pursue the research and findings from the book.