Former President Donald Trump reacted Saturday to revelations that Hillary Clinton was responsible for leaking a story about his alleged ties to a Russian bank in 2016.
Clinton’s former campaign manager Robby Mook testified Friday that the then-Democratic presidential nominee signed on to release information allegedly linking Trump to Russia’s Alfa Bank ahead of the 2016 election. His testimony came as part of the ongoing trial of Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann, who has been accused of lying to the FBI about working for Clinton while releasing data on Trump.
“This is one of the biggest political scandals in history,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News Digital. “For three years I had to fight them off and fight off these corrupt people and you will never fully get your reputation back.”
“How do I get my reputation back?” he asked, adding, “If we had real leadership, instead of people like Mitch McConnell, they would do something about it. And people like Bill Barr. They would have done something about it.”
During his testimony, Mook said the Clinton campaign was not “completely convinced” of the legitimacy of the data before releasing it to the media. He said the campaign decided to contact a reporter so they could “shut it down” themselves and decide if it was “accurate” before printing it.
“We thought that was highly suspicious, and if it were true, we wanted the American public to know for sure,” he testified, adding that the campaign hadn’t thought the allegations would become a “silver bullet.” .
When the story broke, senior policy adviser Jake Sullivan released a statement from Clinton’s campaign, which said, “This may be the most direct link between Donald Trump and Moscow to date.” Computer scientists have uncovered a covert server connecting the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank.” The story was heavily promoted on Clinton’s social media just days before Americans’ election and was seen as an attempt to distract voters from Trump .
Former FBI General Counsel James Baker testified Thursday that he was “100 percent confident” that when Sussman approached him with information about Trump, he said he was not working on behalf of a client. Sussman has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
For his part, Trump has long described allegations of Russian collusion as a fabricated “witch hunt.” The FBI eventually determined that the information shared by Sussman showed that “there was nothing” that could criminally connect him to Moscow.
https://www.newsweek.com/trump-responds-after-mook-says-clinton-approved-leak-russia-allegations-1708956 Trump responds after Mook says Clinton approved leak of Russia allegations