The campaign manager for the 2016 Clinton campaign testified that Hillary Clinton personally signed off on spreading a conspiracy theory tying then-candidate Donald Trump to a Russian bank.
The since-debunked claims involved digital interactions between a computer at Trump Towers and the Russian-based Alfa Bank.
Robby Mook was testifying on Friday as a part of the defense for Michael Sussmann, who is charged with allegedly lying to the FBI by not clarifying his ties to the Clinton campaign when he passed along information to the agency. The trial of Sussmann is a part of U. S. special counsel John Durham’s investigation into the sources of the Russian collusion story.
Mook said that he encouraged Clinton to approve the release of the data despite it being unverified at the time.
“We discussed it with Hillary,” Mook said. “She agreed with the decision.”
A campaign staffer released the information to Slate magazine, which published it on Oct. 31 2016.
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