(Video: Fox News)
Former special counsel Robert Mueller is drawing lots of scrutiny after ex-Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook’s bombshell testimony that Hillary Clinton approved leaking the Trump-Russian collusion hoax to the media.
Fox News co-host Emily Compagno blasted Mueller on Monday’s episode of “Outnumbered” during a segment on former Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann’s trial, saying that it’s “absolutely unacceptable” that Mueller did not mention the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee’s role in leaking the unsubstantiated claim.
Sussmann faces one count of making false statements to the FBI in September 2016 about potential ties between a Kremlin-tied bank and a Trump Organization computer server, after he claimed that he wasn’t “acting on behalf of any client” when he handed over purported evidence of the secret backchannel — no link was ever found.
“Mook’s testimony is raising new questions for Robert Mueller and his team of prosecutors. They spent two years and $35 million in taxpayer dollars and issued nearly 3,000 subpoenas and held interviews with more than 500 witnesses. So why are we just now learning about this detail?” co-host Kayleigh McEnany said, in setting up Compagno.
“Anyone in Trump world — anyone in the world really remembers this — but when you were in Trump world, I mean, you lived this every day for 2 1/2 years, this looming shadow over the presidency,” the former Trump White House press secretary said to Compagno. “And you’d think that Robert Mueller would have this key detail but nope, we learn about it just now and by our records, we checked, we can’t find that he even interviewed Robby Mook.”
“That’s right, and to add to your grocery list they used 19 special prosecutors, more than 40 FBI agents. We footed that entire bill,” Compagno replied. “They produced three separate reports that basically said, ‘well, we can’t prove a connection between Trump and Russia, but we can’t disprove it.’ And to your point, all it would have taken is five minutes spent in a room with this guy who could have said, ‘yes, actually, it was greenlit by Hillary Clinton. Actually, yes. There was not one modicum of truth to this.’”
“And instead, this really important person is the one who approved of and spearheaded it being leaked to the media,” she continued. “And listen, if I was one of the attorneys on Mueller’s team, I would not only be extremely embarrassed right now, but I would have a lot of questions. Because either they did know and it didn’t make it into the report, or they didn’t know. And either of those answers are absolutely unacceptable.”
Clinton even tweeted the hoax at the time: “Computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank.”
Computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank. pic.twitter.com/8f8n9xMzUU
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 1, 2016
The Sussmann trial is expected to wrap up this week. Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith was the first person to be charged by special counsel John Durham in his probe of potential misconduct of the FBI in the Trump-Russia investigation.
Clinesmith was sentenced to one year of probation after pleading guilty to doctoring an email to get a FISA warrant allowing a wiretap against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page to be renewed.
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