Donald Trump has responded to court testimony indicating that Hillary Clinton approved disseminating discredited claims about a 'covert server' in Trump Tower
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Donald Trump has responded to court testimony indicating that Hillary Clinton approved disseminating discredited claims that a ‘covert server’ in Trump Tower communicated with a Russian bank. 

‘This is one of the greatest political scandals in history,’ Trump told Fox News Digital on Saturday, a day after former Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook testified in a Virginia court. 

Mook testified that in 2016 Clinton ‘agreed’ to share the secret server allegations with the media. The claims were later dismissed by the FBI as unfounded. 

‘Where do I get my reputation back?’ asked Trump. ‘For three years, I had to fight her off, and fight those crooked people off, and you’ll never get your reputation fully back.’

Trump also lashed out at fellow Republicans Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, and his own Attorney General Bill Barr, accusing them of failing to respond more forcefully to the Russian collusion claims.

Donald Trump has responded to court testimony indicating that Hillary Clinton approved disseminating discredited claims about a 'covert server' in Trump Tower

Donald Trump has responded to court testimony indicating that Hillary Clinton approved disseminating discredited claims about a ‘covert server’ in Trump Tower

The testimony came in the trial of former Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussman, who is accused of lying to the FBI about his campaign ties

The testimony came in the trial of former Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussman, who is accused of lying to the FBI about his campaign ties

‘I had to fight them off,’ Trump said. ‘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.’ 

Mook’s testimony came in the trial of former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussman, who is accused of lying to the FBI about his campaign ties when he brought them allegations that a secret server in Trump Tower was communicating with Kremlin-controlled Alfa Bank.

Former FBI General Counsel James Baker testified Thursday that the bureau investigated the ‘covert server’ allegation and found that ‘there was nothing there.’ 

Sussman was the first to be charged in Special Counsel John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the FBI’s 2016 Trump-Russia probe. 

Mook told the court that he was first briefed about Alfa Bank by campaign general counsel Marc Elias.

He said he also discussed it with then senior adviser Jake Sullivan – now the White House National Security Adviser- and campaign chairman John Podesta about whether to share the information with a reporter.

Robby Mook testified that in 2016 Clinton 'agreed' to share the secret server allegations with the media

Robby Mook testified that in 2016 Clinton ‘agreed’ to share the secret server allegations with the media

‘I discussed it with Hillary as well,’ Mook told the court.

He also admitted the campaign wasn’t ‘totally confident in the legitimacy of the data’, but was hoping a reporter would follow it up and determine if it was ‘accurate’ or ‘substantive.’

FBI general counsel Jame Baker (above) said he was '100 percent confident' that Sussmann told him during the Sept. 19, 2016 meeting at FBI headquarters that he was not there on behalf of any particular client

FBI general counsel Jame Baker (above) said he was ‘100 percent confident’ that Sussmann told him during the Sept. 19, 2016 meeting at FBI headquarters that he was not there on behalf of any particular client

‘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 said.

They decided to share it with the reporter after the meeting, he testified.

‘I recall it being a member of our press staff,’ Mook said. ‘We authorized a staff member to share it with the media.’

The court was also shown the infamous October 31, 2016, message from Hillary saying: ‘Computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank.’

She included a statement from Sullivan titled ‘exposing Trump’s Secret Line of Communication to Russia’.  

Sussman is accused of lying to the FBI about the fact that he was representing Clinton’s 2016 campaign interests and that of another client – although the campaign says it never authorized Sussman´s actions.

Sussman, is accused of lying to the FBI about the fact that he was representing Clinton's 2016 campaign interests and that of another client - although the campaign says it never authorized Sussman´s actions

Sussman, is accused of lying to the FBI about the fact that he was representing Clinton’s 2016 campaign interests and that of another client – although the campaign says it never authorized Sussman´s actions 

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan

Mook said he also discussed the Alfa Bank link with Clinton’s senior aide Jake Sullivan, who is now President Joe Biden’s National Security Adviser 

James Baker was the FBI’s general counsel in September 2016 when Sussmann scheduled a meeting to provide him with computer data that Sussmann said showed a potential secret communications channel between Alfa Bank and the Trump Organization.

Sussmann is accused of lying to Baker during that meeting by saying he was not presenting the computer data on behalf of a particular client. 

Prosecutors allege Sussmann was not forthcoming about his Clinton ties because he assumed the FBI would consider the information less credible if it thought it was being presented with a partisan intent.

The Sussmann prosecution was brought by John Durham, the prosecutor appointed as special counsel during the Trump administration to investigate potential government wrongdoing during the early days of the investigation into Russian election interference and potential ties with the Trump campaign.

Defense lawyers have denied that Sussmann lied during the meeting and have suggested that it’s impossible for prosecutors to prove exactly what he said because only Baker and Sussmann were in the meeting and neither of them took notes. 

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