It was seemingly confirmed Friday during under oath testimony that failed 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was behind the concerted effort to falsely smear then-candidate Donald Trump for having alleged secret and nefarious connections to Russia — allegations that prompted countless baseless media reports and federal investigations over the ensuing years.
That revelation came from former Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook, who testified Friday that Clinton herself had “agreed with” and approved of a plan to leak unverified adverse claims about Trump to the media, Just the News reported.
The sketchy and swiftly debunked claim involved an allegation that Trump possessed a secret email server connection to Russia’s Alfa Bank. That false information was ultimately spread breathlessly by the media and was shared with the FBI under false pretenses by an attorney working for the campaign, Michael Sussmann, who has been charged with lying to investigators.
Clinton approved plan to spread false disinfo
National Review reported that Mook had been called out of turn to testify as a defense witness in Special Counsel John Durham’s prosecution of Sussmann for allegedly lying to the FBI about who he was working for at the time that the lawyer had handed over to the bureau the information about Trump and Alfa Bank.
Mook denied that the campaign had given Sussmann or anybody else authorization to talk to the FBI, given the campaign’s distrust of then-Director James Comey, but did acknowledge that a plan was forged among top campaign officials to share the Trump-Alfa Bank allegations with the media — a plan to which Clinton agreed with and granted approval.
The former campaign manager admitted that the information was unverified and suggested it was up to reporters to confirm or deny it, and attempted to downplay its significance as an “October surprise” against Trump, even though it was negative information leaked just prior to the election in a coordinated manner.
“Political dirty trick”
Just the News reported that the false Alfa Bank allegations were just one part of a “three-legged political dirty trick” launched by Hillary Clinton against Donald Trump, with another of those legs being the infamous “Steele dossier” of uncorroborated false claims about Trump from ex-British spy Christopher Steele, who was hired by opposition research firm Fusion GPS, who in turn had been hired by the Clinton-aligned Perkins Coie law firm that Sussmann worked for at the time.
The third leg involved anti-Trump government bureaucrats opening politically-motivated investigations based on faulty premises that were also leaked to the media in order to fuel anti-Trump stories and turn public opinion against him.
The outlet noted that it now appears that Hillary Clinton herself was behind all of those efforts “from start to finish” beginning in at least July of 2016.
Fox News managed to obtain declassified notes from then-CIA Director John Brennan from July 2016 following a briefing of then-President Barack Obama in which the CIA director had told the president that Clinton had approved a “proposal from one of her foreign policy advisers to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by the Russian security service.”
Brennan had also sent a memo to top FBI officials in September 2016 to alert the bureau of “Clinton’s approval of a plan concerning US presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian hackers hampering US elections as a means of distracting the public from her use of a private email server.”
Hillary Clinton, along with willing allies in the government and media, lied to and deliberately misled the American public about her political opponent — something that has long been suspected but is now confirmed by her own former campaign manager.