Computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank. pic.twitter.com/8f8n9xMzUU
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 1, 2016
Robby Mook, the Clinton Campaign Manager in 2016 said in court Friday that Hillary Clinton herself approved the idea of giving the Alfa Bank story to a reporter. “We told her we have this and we want to share it with a reporter. She agreed to that.”
— Jake Gibson (@JakeBGibson) May 20, 2022
NEW: @RobbyMook testifies @HillaryClinton herself approved the dissemination of info alleging a covert communications channel between the #Trump Organization & #Russia‘s #AlfaBank to the media, despite camp. officials not being “totally confident”in its legitimacy #SussmannTrial
— Brooke Singman (@BrookeSingman) May 20, 2022
NEW: Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook revealed Hillary Clinton personally approved sharing the false Alfa Bank claims with the media & the jury was shown this tweet from Hillary Clinton & Jake Sullivan touting the Trump-Russia collusion claims in 2016.https://t.co/ci3qTrks6O https://t.co/e4dwUShC9w
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) May 20, 2022
Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook testified Friday he was “briefed about the Alfa-Bank issue first” by Clinton campaign general counsel Marc Elias in the summer of 2016. He said the campaign leadership quickly had a meeting about whether to share the information with the media, which they decided to do. Also present in the meeting were campaign chairman John Podesta, communications director Jennifer Palmieri, and policy adviser Jake Sullivan who is now Joe Biden’s national security adviser.
He said that “we discussed it and then made that decision” and “we did” decide to share the claims with a reporter. When asked by a prosecutor on special counsel John Durham’s team about the highest level of approval for pushing the Alfa-Bank claims to the press, Mook replied that “John and I were involved,” but “I discussed it with Hillary as well” after the campaign team had discussed it.
Mook said that he framed it to Clinton as: “Hey, you know, we have this, and we want to share it with a reporter.” Mook added, “She agreed to that.”