The family foundation belonging to former secretary of state Hillary Clinton received millions from Russian donors, while their takeover of a uranium company was pending approval by a government agency headed by her, The New York Times reported Thursday.
The NYT report showed how Russians gradually assumed the control of a Canadian uranium mining company called Uranium One even as its chairman made a $2.35 million donation in four instalments to the Clinton Foundation.
The Clinton Foundation is run by Hillary and her husband, former US president Bill Clinton.
Further, Bill Clinton himself reportedly got $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian firm promoting the company's stocks.
The Russians reportedly assumed control of Uranium One over a period of years ending in 2013. To close the deal it had to be approved by a committee that included several US agencies, including the state Department which was headed then by Hillary.
The report comes at an embarassing time for Hillary who has just formally entered the 2016 presidential race.
The charges were contested by the Clinton campaign. "No one has produced a shred of evidence that Hillary Clinton ever took action as secretary of state in order to support the interests of donors to the Clinton Foundation," Fox News quoted campaign spokesperson Brian Fallon as saying.
The campaign also said that multiple US agencies, as well as the Canadian government, were involved in the Uranium One deal.