The 2008 contribution was made as the U.S. Congress debated approval of a nuclear agreement between the US and India, which then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton supported.
Schweizer speculates on whether Singh was a conduit for other powerful interests in India pushing for approval of the nuke deal. Singh’s donation was treated with suspicion and amusement in India. Singh, in his own financial disclosure statement filed with the Indian government, reported his total net worth was approximately $5 million.
“If true, that meant Singh had given between 20 and 100 percent of his entire net worth to the Clinton Foundation!” Schweitzer says. For his part, Singh gave cryptic and conflicting answers about the donation.
He told the Times of India “the payment could have been made by someone else” on his behalf. Singh told government ministers his name was listed by the Clinton Foundation because he had “facilitated the payment and, therefore, it ‘erroneously’ appeared in the records,” according to the book. Bill Clinton first met Singh in 2005 through Sant Chatwal, the New York hotelier who generated millions of dollars for the foundation, in speaking fees for the ex-president, and for Hillary’s first presidential campaign.(Reuters)