For the first time since Special Counsel John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia collusion probe, then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has been directly connected to the efforts to smear Trump using false information.
Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook testified on Friday that Clinton personally approved leaking allegations that Trump was colluding with Russia through Alfa Bank — allegations that have since been proven false.
Mook was called as a defense witness in the trial of Clinton lawyer Michael Sussman, and he testified that he learned about the Alfa Bank allegations from Democrat lawyer Marc Elias, who worked for the Perkins Coie law firm at the time.
Mook said he discussed whether to leak the allegations to the media with campaign chairman John Podesta, senior policy advisor, now White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, and communications director Jennifer Palmieri.
“I discussed it with Hillary as well,” Mook said, according to Fox News.
“I don’t remember the substance of the conversation, but notionally, the discussion was, hey, we have this and we want to share it with a reporter,” Mook said.
The government asked Mook if Clinton approved “the dissemination” of the data to the media.
“She agreed,” Mook testified.
Mook said the team also discussed giving the information to the FBI, but didn’t do so at the time because the info was perceived as “shaky.”
They expected media figures to investigate the info and try to substantiate it, but instead, the media just went forward with it because they wanted to make Trump look bad right before the election.
Sussman is on trial for lying to the FBI about whether he was working for the Clinton campaign at the time he shared information about Trump’s purported connection Alfa Bank with the agency.
The fact that Clinton said yes to going forward with the allegations against Trump even though she thought they were “shaky” shows how despicable she is. It’s really good that she never became president.