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Hillary dismisses claims Indian cash swayed her Indo-US N-deal stand

Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign has dismissed as conspiracy theory claims made by a new book that cash donations from India swayed her stance as a senator on the landmark India-US nuclear deal.

world Updated: May 01, 2015 02:05 IST
Yashwant Raj
Yashwant Raj
Hindustan Times
Hillary Clinton,Indo-US nuclear deal,Politico

Did then senator Hillary Clinton change her position on the India-US nuclear deal in 2008 and vote in its favor in return for payments to her family trust and campaign?

She did, according to a new yet-to-be-released book that has raised questions about funding of the family-run Clinton Foundation, accessed by Politico, a news publication.

But the publication also said that a study of the Senator Clinton’s voting record on the deal showed “two key facts in (the book’s) argument on the topic are false”. In other words, there is no truth to these allegations.

A Clinton campaign spokesperson told Politico, “Clinton Cash is attempting to rewrite history to fit a pre-determined partisan narrative. It only takes a quick look at Hillary’s actual voting record and statements to see that this conspiracy theory doesn’t even come close to passing the smell test.”

The highly anticipated book “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Help Make Bill and Hillary Rich”, is due for release next week.

The allegations pertaining to the nuclear deal come in a chapter titled, “Indian Nukes: How to Win a Medal by Changing Hillary’s Mind”, which was obtained by Politico, the publication said.

Hindustan Times has not seen or read that chapter, which, according to Politico, details a series of “donations and overtures” by Indians to the Clintons and mentions a New York hotelier who is a Clinton donor and who was awarded by India, for his help in clinching the nuclear deal.

But the report did not directly link his donations to Clinton changing her mind, which, according to the same report, she actually didn’t even though she may have had reservations about some aspects of it.

“Clinton actually publicly stated her support for the deal in 2006,” said the Politico, adding, “and in fact voted against a “killer amendment” that the book reports she supported.”

The book’s author, Peter Schweizer, said in a TV interview past week,“In 1998 the Indian government conducted nuclear tests, Bill Clinton imposed restrictions on the export of U.S. nuclear technology, because this violated the nonproliferation treaty — Hillary Clinton supported that position,”

He added: “In 2005, the Indian government wanted those restrictions lifted. Hillary Clinton at that time supported a killer amendment to stop that from happening. After 2005, a number of Indian interests, including an Indian politician that admits now that his donation to the Clinton Foundation wasn’t even his money, those donations flowed. In 2008, she reverses course, and supports the export of U.S. nuclear technology.”

The book has mentioned a sizable contribution to the Clinton Foundation from politician Amar Singh, who has since denied it was his money that is listed against his name.

“That is not my donation, I have not given that money to the The Clinton Foundation,” Singh told Economic Times. “If any friend has done that on my behalf I am grateful to them, but it’s not mine.”

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First Published: Apr 30, 2015 19:05 IST