The New York Times details the story of how a Russian company obtained 20 percent of American Uranium reserves. The deal was approved by Hillary Clinton’s State Department. At the same time, the Clinton Foundation received numerous donations from individuals connected to the deal.
The Clinton team is on defense, telling the New York Times that there was not a “shred of evidence” suggesting that Hillary influenced the deal to reward donors of the Clinton Foundation.
“To suggest the State Department, under then-Secretary Clinton, exerted undue influence in the U.S. government’s review of the sale of Uranium One is utterly baseless,” spokesperson Brian Fallon explained.
The Clinton Foundation refused to answer the New York Times when asked if Hillary was briefed on the deal. Fallon, the spokesperson for her presidential campaign, explained to the Times that typically these matters did not rise to the level of a Secretary of Sate.
“He would not comment on whether Mrs. Clinton had been briefed on the matter,” the Times reports.
The Clinton team also sent a weak statement from Jose Fernandez, the former assistant secretary assigned to the foreign investment committee at the time.
“Mrs. Clinton never intervened with me on any C.F.I.U.S. matter,” the statement read without addressing the specifics of the Uranium One deal.