Hillary Clinton may be up a long creek with no paddles after her former campaign manager, Robby Mook, provided testimony that said she personally “approved the dissemination of materials alleging a covert communications channel between the Trump Organization and Russia’s Alfa Bank to the media, despite campaign officials not being “totally confident” in the legitimacy of the data.”
That all turned out to be a load of nonsense as the years went by and more information came out that suggested allegations against Donald Trump turned out to be false.
To make it worse, a former FBI General named James Baker also testified that the FBI investigated the data throwing allegations at Trump and saying he was connected to a Kremlin-linked bank, but that after investigation, they found “there was nothing there.”
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A Fox News report further stated the following:
Mook was called to the stand for testimony by Michael Sussmann’s defense Friday.
During cross-examination by government prosecutor Andrew DeFillippis Friday, Mook was asked about the campaign’s understanding of the Alfa Bank allegations against Trump and whether they planned to release the data to the media.
Mook said he was first briefed about the Alfa Bank issue by campaign general counsel Marc Elias, who at the time was a partner at lawfirm Perkins Coie.
Mook testified that he was told that the data had come from “people that had expertise in this sort of matter.”
Mook said the campaign was not totally confident in the legitimacy of the data, but had hoped to give the information to a reporter who could further “run it down” to determine if it was “accurate” or “substantive.”
“I discussed it with Hillary as well,” Mook said.
“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 later said he “can’t recall the exact sequence of events,” when asked if he shared the idea to give the Trump-Alfa Bank allegations to the media with Clinton before or after the decision was made.
“All I remember is that she agreed with the decision,” Mook testified.
In other words, Hillary Clinton approved of this knowing it was nothing, but likely thought it would help her take down Trump.
Now it’s all blowing back on Hillary Clinton and the Democrats.
The Fox News report continued:
Sussmann has been charged with making a false statement to the FBI when he told Baker in September 2016, less than two months before the presidential election, that he was not doing work “for any client” when he requested and attended a meeting in which he presented “purported data and ‘white papers’ that allegedly demonstrated a covert communicates channel” between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank, which has ties to the Kremlin.
Sussmann has pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Mook, earlier in questioning from the defense, was asked whether he or anyone on the Clinton campaign approved or gave Sussmann permission to bring the allegations to the FBI, to which he said: “No.”
Later, the defense further questioned Mook, asking if Hillary Clinton herself approved Sussmann going to the FBI.
“I’m not aware,” Mook testified.
When asked again, he said: “I don’t know…I don’t know why she would.”
The government, in its opening statement Tuesday, argued that Sussmann’s delivery of the Trump-Alfa Bank allegations to the FBI was part of the Clinton campaign’s plan to create an “October surprise” against then-candidate Donald Trump.
The government moved to admit a tweet from Clinton dated Oct. 31, 2016 as evidence, despite U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper ruling last month that the court would exclude that tweet as hearsay.
Cooper, Friday, granted the government’s motion to admit the Clinton tweet, which stated:
“Computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank.”
What’s next is waiting for Hillary Clinton to respond to all the forthcoming information in the trial.