Hillary Clinton 'APPROVED plan to share Trump-Russian claims to press'

BREAKING NEWS: Hillary Clinton APPROVED sharing debunked ‘covert’ communications between Trump and Kremlin-backed bank with press – even though she wasn’t ‘totally confident’ in the legitimacy, ex-campaign manager tells Durham trial

  • Robby Mook testified on Friday about the campaign meeting on the data 
  • He told the trial of Michael Sussman that he was first briefed about Alfa Bank by campaign general counsel Marc Elias
  • Mook also said he discussed the data with Jake Sullivan and John Podesta 
  • Admitted the campaign wasn’t ‘totally confident’ in the ‘legitimacy of the data’, but was hoping a reporter could get it confirmed  
  • Sussman is accused of lying to the FBI about the fact that he was representing Clinton’s 2016 campaign interests and that of another client

Hillary Clinton’s former campaign manager Robby Mook told a court on Friday that she signed off on sharing debunked allegations linking Donald Trump and the Kremlin-backed Alfa Bank with the media in the run-up to the 2016 election.

Mook told the trial of Michael Sussman, the first to be indicted by Special Counsel John Durham in his Russia origins probe, that he was first briefed about Alfa Bank by campaign general counsel Marc Elias.

He said he also discussed with then senior advisor Jake Sullivan – now the White House National Security advisor – and campaign chairman John Podesta about whether to share the information with a reporter.

‘I discussed it with Hillary as well,’ Mook told the court. He also admitted the campaign wasn’t ‘totally confident in the legitimacy of the data’, but was hoping a reporter would follow it up and determine if it was ‘accurate’ or ‘substantive’

‘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.

They decided to share it with the reporter after the meeting, he testified. 

‘I recall it being a member of our press staff,’ Mook said . ‘We authorized a staff member to share it with the media.’

Hillary Clinton’s former campaign manager Robby Mook told a court on Friday that she signed off on sharing debunked allegations linking Donald Trump and the Kremlin-backed Alfa Bank with the media in the run-up to the 2016 election 

The court was also shown the infamous October 31, 2016, from Hillary saying: ‘Computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank.’

She included a statement from Jake Sullivan titled ‘exposing Trump’s Secret Line of Communication to Russia’.  

Sussman is accused of lying to the FBI about the fact that he was representing Clinton’s 2016 campaign interests and that of another client – although the campaign says it never authorized Sussman´s actions.

James Baker was the FBI’s general counsel in September 2016 when Sussmann scheduled a meeting to provide him with computer data that Sussmann said showed a potential secret communications channel between Alfa Bank and the Trump Organization.

Sussmann is accused of lying to Baker during that meeting by saying he was not presenting the computer data on behalf of a particular client. 

Prosecutors allege Sussmann was not forthcoming about his Clinton ties because he assumed the FBI would consider the information less credible if it thought it was being presented with a partisan intent.

The Sussmann prosecution was brought by John Durham, the prosecutor appointed as special counsel during the Trump administration to investigate potential government wrongdoing during the early days of the investigation into Russian election interference and potential ties with the Trump campaign.

Defense lawyers have denied that Sussmann lied during the meeting and have suggested that it’s impossible for prosecutors to prove exactly what he said because only Baker and Sussmann were in the meeting and neither of them took notes. 

Sussman, is accused of lying to the FBI about the fact that he was representing Clinton’s 2016 campaign interests and that of another client – although the campaign says it never authorized Sussman´s actions 

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