The revelation by a former Hillary Clinton campaign manager that the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate agreed to feed to media the false claim that Donald Trump had a secret channel of communication with Vladimir Putin “adds to a damning record on how the Clinton campaign was behind arguably the most successful disinformation campaign in American political history.”
That’s the conclusion of constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley, a lifelong Democrat, after the testimony of Robbie Mook in the trial of former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann.
Sussmann is charged in a case brought by special counsel John Durham with concealing his connection to the Clinton campaign from the FBI when he reported to the bureau the bogus claim that the Trump campaign had a back-channel of communication through the Kremlin-linked Alfa Bank.
“Ironically, despite Sussmann’s efforts to conceal his connections to Clinton in the FBI meeting, it was his counsel who effectively outed Clinton in the scandal,” Turley wrote on his website. “Former Clinton Campaign manager Robby Mook then violated the Eleventh Commandment of Democrats: Thou shalt not name a Clinton in a scandal.”
On Sunday, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said the revelations from Mook laid bare the level of corruption in Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign as well as in the Washington establishment and the media.
“We’ve known for quite some time that the Hillary Clinton campaign paid for the Steele dossier. But now we are finding out that the whole Alfa Bank hoax … was all made up,” said Johnson in an interview with John Catsimatidis on WABC in New York.
The Steele dossier was the Clinton campaign-funded compendium of salacious claims against Donald Trump – derived from Russian propaganda – that was largely debunked by Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation. Despite never being vetted, the document was used by the Obama administration to obtain warrants to spy on the Trump campaign and expand the Trump-Russia investigation that is now the target of Durham’s criminal probe.
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Johnson said the Clinton campaign used “individuals who had contracts with our Defense Department to mine this data and develop some kind of inference that Trump was colluding with Russia so that they could report that to the FBI [which could then] … report that to the American public as an October surprise.”
Durham has said in court documents that his case against Sussmann outlines a “major scandal.”
Johnson said the “fact that the Hillary Clinton campaign manufactured this entire Russian collusion hoax and the FBI … concluded that this is preposterous — it’s BS.”
And yet, the Wisconsin senator said, the hoax led to the Mueller probe, which found “insufficient evidence” to support the claims of “Trump-Russia conclusion.”
“What is being revealed to the American public is the corruption at the highest levels of, A: the Hillary Clinton campaign, and B: the FBI and the Department of Justice,” Johnson said.
The senator said the government’s law enforcement agencies “knew the Clinton campaign was up to this, and yet they put America through this … four-year political turmoil, which is all based on a lie developed by Hillary Clinton.”
Johnson said the media are complicit for spreading Clinton’s campaign hoax and for getting Joe Biden elected.
“Hillary Clinton on the issue of Alfa Bank said, ‘I just heard about this on the news.’ No! Their campaign planted it in the news, and, of course, those news outlets that had the story,” he told WABC.
“They knew that what Hillary Clinton was saying was a lie. And yet they continued with this story, this hoax. Why? Because they are not journalists. They are advocates for the radical left,” Johnson said. “They did not want Donald Trump to get elected.”
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