President Donald Trump has broken his silence following the bombshell testimony of Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook.
On Friday, Mook was called as a witness in the trial of former Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann.
Sussmann is on trial for lying to the FBI on charges that emerged from the investigations of Special Counsel John Durham.
During the trial, Mook testified under oath that Hillary Clinton personally approved the false Trump-Russia story and ordered it to be spread in the media.
Mook also confirmed that Hillary wanted the hoax to be spread despite the team doubting that the information was legitimate.
“This is one of the greatest political scandals in history,” Trump said.
“For three years I had to fight her off, and fight those crooked people off, and you’ll never get your reputation fully back.
“Where do I get my reputation back?
“I had to fight them off. And if we had real leadership, instead of people like Mitch McConnell, they would do something about it.
“And guys like Bill Barr. They would have done something about it,” he added.
Here is a transcript of Mook’s testimony:
Q: Okay. In connection with the general focus on Mr. Trump and Russia, did there come a time when you learned of potential links between the Trump organization, Mr. Trump’s business, and a Russian bank called Alfa-bank?
A: I did. Yes, I was briefed on that.
Q: Approximately when were you first briefed on that, if you remember?
A: I honestly can’t recall.
Q: Who participated in the briefing, if you remember?
A: Myself, Marc Elias, Jen Palmieri, Jake Sullivan, John Podesta. There might have been others, but those are the ones I definitely recall being there.
Q: In the Summer of 2016, was Mr. Trump’s relationship with Russia something that the campaign focused on?
A: Yes. I mean, it was frankly something we were focused on before that time. But absolutely.
Q: Were you aware that Mr. Sussman went to the FBI in September of 2016 to give them a heads-up about a New York Times story about Trump and Alfa-Bank?
Q: Do you have any recollection of anyone talking to you about going to the FBI on behalf of the campaign on the Trump/Alfa-Bank issue?
Q: Did you direct Mr. Sussman to go to the FBI on behalf of the campaign?
A: Absolutely not.
Q: Did you authorize Mr. Sussman to go to the FBI on behalf of the campaign?
Q: Did anyone else from the campaign, to your knowledge, direct or authorize Mr. Sussman to go to the FBI on behalf of the campaign?
A: To my knowledge, no.
Q: And once you learned about it [the Trump-Russia allegations], you started discussing with the campaign whether the campaign should affirmatively push it in the media, right?
Q: And you had that discussion with Mr. Sullivan?
Q: With Mr. Podesta?
A: Just to be clear. This is what – I recall those people, correct.
Q: Okay. You had a discussion with Mr. Sullivan?
A: Yes, I recall, yes.
Q: Whether to push it in the media right?
Q: With Ms. Palmieri?
Q: With Mr. Podesta?
Q: But in any event, the decision to provide this to the media was authorized by the campaign, correct?
A: We authorized a staff member of the campaign to provide it to the media.
Q: Mr. Mook, before the break you had testified that there was a conversation in which you told Ms. Clinton about the proposed plan to provide the Alfa-Bank allegations to the media; is that correct?
Q: And what was her response?
A: All I remember is that she agreed with the decision.
More on Special Counsel John Durham’s prosecution of Michael Sussmann:
Here are the transcript excerpts from Robby Mook admitting the Alfa Bank allegations – and the idea to spread them to the media – made it all the way up to Hillary Clinton. https://t.co/7dd7FLGDak
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