On Friday, the revelation that Hillary Clinton personally approved of leaking a false report about a nefarious connection between her 2016 GOP challenger, Donald Trump, to the media, sent shockwaves through the country and political world.
Now, the former president wants to know if she’ll help him restore his good name.
According to testimony in a federal trial involving Michael Sussmann — the former Clinton campaign attorney charged with lying to the FBI when he dropped the fake link on the bureau and said he wasn’t acting on behalf of any clients when he was allegedly acting on behalf of Clinton — her campaign manager, Robby Moot, said she signed off on the lie.
Fox News noted:
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 law firm 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.”
He also said that he discussed whether to pass along the information to a reporter with senior campaign officials including the campaign’s chairman, John Podesta, then-communications director Jennifer Palmieri, and senior policy adviser Jake Sullivan, the latter of whom now serves as President Joe Biden’s national security adviser.
“I discussed it with Hillary as well,” Mook told the court.
“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 noted.
After he was pressed about Clinton’s response, Mook replied: “She agreed.”
Now that the truth has come out, Trump seeks redemption, according to Fox News.
“This is one of the greatest political scandals in history. For three years I had to fight her off, and fight those crooked people off, and you’ll never get your reputation fully back.
“Where do I get my reputation back? I had to fight them off. And if we had real leadership, instead of people like Mitch McConnell, they would do something about it. And guys like Bill Barr. They would have done something about it,” he added.