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Fox News contributor and legal scholar Jonathan Turley predicted that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will avoid “direct responsibility” for peddling false accusations against former President Donald Trump over Russian collusion.
“I want to get your thoughts on this case. You know, there may not be a lot of people in other places that are following it… we’re following it very closely and have really from the beginning,” Fox News host Bret Baier said on “Special Report” Friday.
“But today, this testimony was pretty interesting and it goes to the bigger picture, I think, that John Durham is trying to set here about the narrative of what was happening inside the Clinton campaign including Hillary Clinton herself,” Baier noted as he handed the analysis over to Turley.
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“Yeah, what is particularly interesting is Durham has wanted to have a broader scope for this trial to bring in more information about the campaign, and Judge Cooper, in this case, has really shut him down and limited the evidence, limited the scope of his questions. And then all of a sudden, Mook drops the name of names,” Turley remarked.
“Hillary Clinton has always had a sort of Voldemort-like status of she who must not be named in a scandal. The Clintons have really been able to avoid direct responsibility in a series of scandals,” he added, referring to the infamous antagonist in the Harry Potter series.
“And here was her campaign manager effectively dropping the dime on his former boss and saying, ‘Look, she approved it. She knew about it.’ Now, the reason that’s important is that this claim was utterly ridiculous. It didn’t have a basis. It was quickly rejected by people in the government, and it was without any foundation when people looked at it. But the Clinton campaign pushed it anyway,” Turley contended.
“This Alfa Bank story was pushed by Jake Sullivan, now the national security adviser, and by Clinton herself. But the thing to keep in mind is that President Obama was briefed when he was president, that Hillary Clinton was planning to make a Russian collusion claim against Donald Trump to try to sort of get out of her own email issues during the campaign. And we now have someone saying, ‘Yeah, she green-lighted the Alfa Bank claims,’ which were completely without foundation,” he added.
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Turley would go on to call the whole Clinton attack against Trump possibly one of the greatest disinformation campaigns in history.
“The Clintons are really quite adept at avoiding direct responsibility on some of these scandals, and I expect that will be the case here. With the exception of false statements made to federal investigators, there’s not a lot that can be brought for charges against a wide array of individuals. That’s why the special counsel investigation is so important. If he can produce a report that finally sheds light on how this extraordinary campaign unfolded through the Clinton campaign,” he asserted.
Fox News legal analyst and attorney Gregg Jarrett also addressed Clinton’s former campaign manager Robby Mook’s testimony on “Hannity” Friday evening.
“[Clinton] personally approved the scheme to peddle phony collusion information to the media, that dropped like a bombshell by her own campaign manager, Robby Mook. And it seemed so incredibly foolish for the defense of all people to have called Mook to the witness stand,” Jarrett noted.
“It’s fundamental in trying cases, never call a witness to the stand. That only helps you a little bit because the downside of hurting you tremendously is quite severe. And sure enough, that’s what happened. I mean, Mook helped a little bit marginally by saying, well, we the campaign didn’t put up Sussmann going to the FBI, to lie to them. What the campaign intended is irrelevant,” he commented.
“What’s material is what Sussmann’s intent was, and his intent has already been demonstrated by the evidence in the testimony. He put his lie to the FBI in writing. So now he’s only left with some rather vacuous defenses,” Jarrett summarized as he continued to dissect the testimony.
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