Hillary Clinton OK’d sharing Trump-Russia ‘data’: campaign manager

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Hillary Clinton OK'd sharing Trump-Russia 'data': campaign manager

WASHINGTON, DC — Hillary Clinton personally authorized her campaign to share since-debunked computer data linking Donald Trump with a Russian bank, according to bombshell testimony from her 2016 campaign manager Friday.

Robby Mook, testifying as a witness in defense of former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann, told jurors that he discussed the matter with the Democratic nominee sometime in the fall of 2016, shortly before the presidential election.

Mook described his end of the conversation with Clinton as him telling her, “Hey, we have this and we want to share it with a reporter.”

Trump and Clinton on the debate stage in 2016.
Trump and Clinton take the debate stage in 2016.
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“She agreed to that,” he said.

Mook also acknowledged that the campaign hadn’t verified the accuracy of the data at the time.

“Part of the point of giving it to a reporter was they could run it down further,” he said.

Robby Mook visiting a campaign office in 2016.
Robby Mook visits a campaign office in 2016.
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“A reporter could vet the information and then decide to print it.”

The stunning disclosures came during cross-examination of Mook by a member of special counsel John Durham’s team in Washington, DC, federal court and prompted Judge Christopher Cooper to order the jury out of the courtroom so he could hold a sidebar discussion with both sides.

Sussmann, 57, is charged with lying to the FBI in September 2016 by denying that he was working on behalf of the campaign when he turned over data and three “white papers” that purportedly showed a secret back channel between a Trump Organization server and Russia’s Alfa-Bank.

After the sidebar, Cooper announced that he might allow prosecutor Andrew DeFilippis to introduce into evidence a tweet posted by Clinton on Oct. 31, 2016, shortly after the left-wing Slate website published a report about the Alfa-Bank data.

“Computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank,” wrote Clinton, who attached a statement from Jake Sullivan — now President Biden’s national security adviser — who said, “This secret hotline may be the key to unlocking the mystery of Trump’s ties to Russia.”

Last month, Cooper ruled that the tweet was inadmissible “hearsay” evidence and “likely duplicative of other evidence” that Durham would use against Sussmann.

But in the wake of Mook’s testimony, the judge said he’d reconsider that decision if the prosecution established a proper foundation to introduce the tweet.

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