Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager has shared that the failed presidential candidate approved a plan during her 2016 campaign to feed false allegations of the supposed Trump-Russia collusion to mainstream media.
During the trial of Michael Sussman, the campaign manager, Robby Mook, mentioned that Clinton had given the green light to a planned scheme to send various journalists data about potential links between Donald Trump and Russia’s Alfa Bank.
The scheme worked, as news outlets took the information and published a story days before the election about the alleged connection between Trump and the bank. Obviously this has since been debunked by the FBI.
Mook’s testimony is the first official confirmation to prove that Clinton was directly involved in the decision to feed the Trump-Alfa Bank story to news outlets.
Mook had also shared that Clinton’s campaign leaders “weren’t totally confident in” the made up allegations and preferred to share them with reporters to investigate further. Mook spoke directly with Clinton on the strategy, which she later approved.
Slate published a story indicating that anonymous computer researchers came to find the connection between Trump’s real estate company and Alfa Bank. Conveniently enough, however, the report failed to mention how the researchers were working for the Clinton campaign.
During the trial, Mook was asked to read the statement Clinton had released to confirm the story Slate had published. It read “computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank.”
Clinton also made sure to link the statement from her foreign policy advisor, Jake Sullivan, that stated how the story “could be the most direct link yet between Donald Trump and Moscow.”
Presently, Clinton still has not addressed her role in spreading this fake news about Donald Trump.