Special Counsel John Durham’s prosecution of former Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann for lying to the FBI in 2016 just revealed that failed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton herself personally approved the distribution of knowingly false anti-Trump allegations to media allies to fraudulently smear her political rival, former President Donald Trump.
Given that it is now confirmed that Clinton willfully spread deliberate disinformation among reporters and on social media, left-leaning independent journalist Matt Tiabbi has asked why Clinton hasn’t yet been disciplined or banned by Twitter for violating its policies, Fox News reported.
At issue here is the revelation during testimony from former Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook that Clinton herself had “agreed” with and authorized a campaign plan to disseminate among the media false and concocted allegations of a “secret server” link between Donald Trump and Russia’s Alfa Bank, which was portrayed as damning evidence of alleged collusion.
Then, once the media began to report on the fraudulent allegations — and the FBI began to investigate thanks to the info being provided to it under false pretenses by Sussmann — the Clinton campaign jumped to further spread the hoax in addition to the equally fraudulent anti-Trump “Steele dossier” compiled by ex-British spy Christopher Steele on behalf of opposition research firm Fusion GPS, who in turn had been hired for that task by Perkins Coie, the law firm representing the Clinton campaign.
Clinton spread deliberate disinformation for political purpose
All of that and more was covered in a recent Substack article from Taibbi titled “Shouldn’t Hillary Clinton Be Banned From Twitter Now?”
“The Clinton campaign created and fueled a successful, years-long campaign of official harassment and media fraud,” he wrote. “They innovated an extraordinary trick, using government connections and press to generate real criminal and counterintelligence investigations of political enemies, mostly all based on what we now know to be self-generated nonsense.”
“Trump was bounced from Twitter for incitement, but Twitter has a policy against misinformation as well. It includes a prohibition against ‘misleading’ media that is ‘likely to result in widespread confusion on public issues,'” Taibbi continued.
“I’m not a fan of throwing people off Twitter, but how can knowingly launching thousands of bogus news stories across a period of years, leading millions of people to believe lies and expect news that never arrived, not qualify as causing ‘widespread confusion on public issues’?” he asked.
Furthermore, beyond simply authorizing the deliberate misinformation plan of her campaign, Clinton was an active participant in perpetuating the hoax as well, as evidenced by a still-active tweet she posted in Oct. 2016, just days before the election, which read: “Computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank.”
That tweet also included a statement from Clinton’s senior policy advisor Jake Sullivan — who is now President Joe Biden’s national security adviser — which falsely proclaimed, “This could be the most direct link yet between Donald Trump and Moscow,” and alluded to a supposed “existing probe” by “federal authorities” into Trump and Russia.
Should be “consequences” for Clinton, Sullivan, and the media
“It’s unconscionable that Jake Sullivan has been allowed to remain in high office given his demonstrated role in perpetrating this public fraud,” Taibbi wrote, “and though I never like to say any colleague should lose a job, anyone in media who printed this transparent political concoction is either too stupid or too dishonest to work in journalism.”
“Hillary Clinton was falsely accused many times earlier in her career. This time she’s guilty. It’s not society’s fault there’s no legal name for the offense she and her campaign committed. It was serious, and there should be serious consequences,” he concluded.