The only 'evidence' they had was a supposed "secret backchannel communication" tie between the Trump Organization and a Kremlin-linked financial institution known as Alfa Bank.
But it didn't take long after Trump went ahead and won the election to discover that the 'Russia, Russia, Russia' narrative was a hoax, driven in large part by a hostile media who, like most of official Washington, simply did not think that Trump was worthy of being president, even though he was duly elected.
In 2018 when Republicans still controlled Congress, then-House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and his GOP investigators revealed that the 'Trump-Russia collusion' claim was false and that it likely came from 'the Clinton campaign.' In an explosive memo, Nunes laid out the details of how Clinton and her cronies in the media laid waste to the truth in a desperate attempt to keep Trump out of the White House and then put the country in jeopardy by literally undermining him on a daily basis.
That said, there was never an 'official' link back to Hillary Clinton herself -- until now.
According to testimony in a federal trial involving Michael Sussmann — the former Clinton campaign attorney charged with lying to the FBI when he dropped the fake link on the bureau and said he wasn’t acting on behalf of any clients when he was allegedly acting on behalf of Clinton — her 2016 campaign manager, Robby Moot, said she personally signed off on the lie about the Alfa Bank link.
During cross-examination by government prosecutor Andrew DeFillippis ... Mook was asked about the campaign’s understanding of the Alfa Bank allegations against Trump and whether they planned to release the data to the media.
Mook said he was first briefed about the Alfa Bank issue by campaign general counsel Marc Elias, who at the time was a partner at law firm Perkins Coie.
Mook testified that he was told that the data had come from “people that had expertise in this sort of matter.”
Mook said the campaign was not totally confident in the legitimacy of the data, but had hoped to give the information to a reporter who could further “run it down” to determine if it was “accurate” or “substantive.”
He also said that he discussed whether to pass along the information to a reporter with senior campaign officials including the campaign’s chairman, John Podesta, then-communications director Jennifer Palmieri, and senior policy adviser Jake Sullivan, the latter of whom now serves as President Joe Biden’s national security adviser.
“I discussed it with Hillary as well,” Mook told the court.
“I don’t remember the substance of the conversation, but notionally, the discussion was, hey, we have this and we want to share it with a reporter,” Mook noted.
After he was pressed about Clinton’s response, Mook replied: “She agreed.”
So there you have it: Clinton was aware that the alleged link was phony while also being personally responsible for having the lie leaked to the media.
“This is one of the greatest political scandals in history. 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.
Also, when is the media going to apologize for being heavily invested in 'the big lie?'