Clinton Campaign Tweet About Trump, Russia “Misleading Disinformation”: Musk

Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Friday agreed with a Twitter user who suggested that Hillary Clinton’s campaign had tweeted “misleading disinformation” in the past claiming a link between former President Donald Trump and Russia.

“I reported this tweet to those in power as misleading disinformation @twitter. I would be interested to know if when you are given control of the company, at some level, has anything been done with it. Please notify us as soon as possible,” wrote Twitter user veeSPIKE, reaching out to Musk while also sharing a tweet posted by Clinton in October 2016.

Musk replied, “You’re absolutely right. This tweet is a Clinton campaign hoax for which her campaign attorney is facing criminal charges.” The billionaire announced earlier this month that his $44 billion acquisition was paused by Twitter.

The Tesla CEO said on May 13th that the deal will be put on hold, “pending details supporting calculation that spam/fake accounts actually make up less than 5% of users,” citing a Q1 2022 report by the company.

Musk then linked his response to a BBC News article published Wednesday, which reported that Michael Sussmann, a lawyer for Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, lied to “manipulate” the FBI on Trump.

2016Clinton tweeted that computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server connecting the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank. Her tweet also included a statement from US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, who was serving as the campaign’s senior policy adviser at the time.

“This may be the most direct connection between Donald Trump and Moscow to date,” Sullivan said in the statement. “This secret hotline could be the key to unraveling the mystery of Trump’s ties to Russia.”

Elon Musk comments on the Clinton campaign tweet
Tesla CEO Elon Musk suggested that he agreed Hillary Clinton’s campaign tweet alleging a link between former President Donald Trump and Russia should be investigated. Above: Musk attends the 2022 Met Gala celebrating “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” on May 2 in New York City.
Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue

On Friday, Clinton’s former presidential campaign manager Robby Mook testified that campaign officials were not “completely convinced” of the legitimacy of the data they had showing Trump’s connection to Russia’s Alfa Bank.

Mook also noted that Clinton supported her campaign to share the data with the media, despite a lack of confidence in its accuracy. He added that the concept behind handing the data to a reporter is that they can “shut it down” and decide if it’s “accurate” before releasing it.

His testimony came during Sussman’s trial, which began May 16 following an investigation by Special Counsel John Durham into possible criminality in the government probe into Trump’s alleged ties to Russia.

Sussmann is accused of lying to the FBI in 2016 when he allegedly denied working for Clinton’s campaign while providing the agency with data on Trump. Sussmann has pleaded not guilty to these charges. Clinton Campaign Tweet About Trump, Russia “Misleading Disinformation”: Musk

Rick Schindler

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