Hillary Clinton: 'Pathetic' Trump is Releasing Russian Disinformation on Me
'President Trump knows that the Russians helped him win in 2016'
Clinton allegedly approved an inquiry into then-candidate Donald Trump of ties to Russians hacking the Democratic National Committee.
The disclosure, released to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham earlier this week, was branded as Russian disinformation by Clinton and Democrats who argued it boosted President Trump’s claims of a witch hunt.
"In late July 2016, U.S. intelligence agencies obtained insight into Russian intelligence analysis alleging that U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had approved a campaign plan to stir up a scandal against U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump by tying him to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and the Russians' hacking of the Democratic National Committee," Ratcliffe wrote.
"The IC does not know the accuracy of this allegation or the extent to which the Russian intelligence analysis may reflect exaggeration or fabrication," he added.
Anchor Rachel Maddow said:
“The Trump-appointed U.S. Intelligence Director tonight, hours before the first debate, released Russian disinformation to the public to smear Hillary Clinton."
"Politico reporting tonight that this Russian material “was previously rejected by Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee as having no factual basis.”
"But sure, let’s get it out there anyway. Tonight seems like a good time. They’re literally trying to create a new news story that the Russian collusion was a Hillary Clinton plot," Maddow added.
"In realizing this information, Trump’s intelligence director explicitly admits that the intelligence community does not know the accuracy of this allegation."
"But, sure, put it out there anyway and make sure that it makes headlines as the president takes the debate stage. Joining us once again is former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Madame Secretary, thank you again for being here," Maddow said.
BREAKING: Rachel Maddow asks Hillary Clinton about the newly released unverified Russian intel on her approving a plan to muddy up Trump by tying him to Putin and the DNC hack.— Daniel Chaitin (@danielchaitin7) September 30, 2020
"It is a sign of such desperation by the Republicans..." Surprise! She doesn't actually talk about it. pic.twitter.com/IuEloS3XZ5
"I almost hesitate to ask you your reaction to them doing this, but I must.”
“I mean, it is a sign of such desperation by the Republicans, and it also is a reminder that President Trump knows that the Russians helped him win in 2016."
"And that is almost the biggest reason he wants to, you know, go back to it time and time again because he can’t come to grips with the fact that there will always with an err of illegitimacy around the 2016 campaign," Clinton said.
"And he also is always trying to change the subject, trying to somehow cast aspersions on anyone. I happen to be one of his favorite subjects for aspersion casting —but mostly, it’s just pathetic and a sign of their desperation," she added.
"They know they’re losing, and they’re not just losing in the presidency, they’re losing in the Senate, they’re losing across the board," Clinton continued.
"Because I think the American people are taking a hard look at President Trump and his Republican enablers and saying, you know, wait a minute, we can’t let this go on," she said.
"You know, I may have disagreements with Democrats, with Joe Biden or somebody else, but let’s try to get back on some sensible track where we can begin to, you know, solve our problems, work with each other, and move past this nonsense that President Trump has been promoting for years now.”