Trump Gets New Ammo in Effort to Discard Russia Collusion as a ‘Witch Hunt’

As Donald Trump continues to criticize Democrats for launching a Russian collusion “witch hunt” against him when he first ran for president, new testimony in the ongoing trial of attorney Michael Sussman may have given the former president new information to support your claims.

On Friday, former Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook testified that the then-Democratic presidential candidate approved the release of information about Russia’s Alfa Bank in 2016, despite officials not being “totally sure” of its legitimacy. .

At the time, senior policy adviser Jake Sullivan released a Clinton campaign statement that said: “This could be the most direct link yet between Donald Trump and Moscow. Computer scientists have discovered a covert server linking the Trump organization with a Russia-based bank.” “

Mook was called to the stand Friday by Sussman’s defense. Sussman, a former Clinton campaign lawyer, is on trial for allegedly lying to the FBI about his motives for informing the bureau about possible computer contacts between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank, which has ties to the Kremlin and is one of the world’s most trusted financial institutions. powerful in Russia. .

The case centers on whether Sussman tried to hide his ties to Clinton to avoid making it appear that he was bringing the information to the FBI for partisan motives. Sussman has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Under cross-examination, Mook said the information had been provided by “people who had experience in these types of matters” and that he hoped sharing it with a reporter would determine whether the information was “accurate” or substantive. “

New testimony has revealed that officials who worked for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign had failed to verify Russian collusion claims before sharing them with a reporter, information former President Donald Trump is likely to use to make the case that the campaign was conducting a “witch hunt” against him. Trump prepares to speak during the CPAC Conservative Political Action Conference held at the Hilton Anatole on July 11, 2021 in Dallas, Texas.
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The former campaign manager said he couldn’t remember whether he asked Clinton about endorsing the Trump and Russia allegations before or after the information was shared with the media. “All I remember is that she agreed with the decision,” Mook said.

Speaking generally about the Russian collusion allegations, Mook said, “We thought this was highly suspicious, and if it was true, we wanted the American public to know for sure.” He added that the campaign had not thought the allegations would become a “silver bullet.”

Trump has repeatedly referred to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, among other investigations, as a “witch hunt.” Investigators were looking into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian agents to influence the 2016 election, but Mueller found no evidence of a criminal conspiracy.

“The largest witch hunt in American history continues. There was no collusion, everyone including Democrats knows there was no collusion and yet it goes on and on. Russia and the world laugh at the stupidity they are doing.” witnessing. The Republicans should finally take control!” the former president tweeted in 2018.

Twitter users were quick to react to Mook’s comments, suggesting that he had effectively ended his career by revealing the Clinton information. Others hinted that he might be Clinton’s target.

“Condolences to the Mook family on their impending suicide,” one user tweeted.

“Robby Mook just spilled the beans on Hillary during the Michael Sussman trial. Prayers for Robby!” another wrote.

“Let’s get ahead of this and say: Robby Mook did not kill himself,” conservative strategist firm X Strategies tweeted.

In a separate case, Trump is suing Clinton in a defamation lawsuit related to the collusion claims. Clinton’s lawyers have argued that the statute of limitations on the former president’s claims has expired.

news week contacted Trump’s office for comment.

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