Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook gave statements accusing “the hand of the Kremlin” of being for Hillary Clinton’s main rival for the Office of the President this November and was made to answer something about the Clinton Foundation by the former senior advisor to Hillary’s husband.
Presenting his own partisan perspective on campaign events this week, Mook’s interview on the ABC News show This Week, included the Kremlin remark as well as a later defense against Clinton critics regarding the Clinton Foundation’s so-called “pay-to-play” situation being a distraction from the former senior advisor to President Bill Clinton/ABC host George Stephanopoulos.
“The hand of the Kremlin has been at work in this campaign for some time. It’s clear that they are supporting Donald Trump.”
“You’re saying he’s a puppet for the Kremlin?”
“Well, real questions are being raised about that. We — again, there’s a web of financial ties to the Russians that he refuses to disclose. We’ve seen over the last few weeks, he parroted Vladimir Putin in his own remarks. We saw the Republican Party platform changed. We saw Donald Trump talk about leaving NATO and leaving our Eastern European allies vulnerable to a Russian attack.”
Clinton campaign manager Mook pushed the Kremlin bit too far perhaps, revealing what the Clinton campaign wants now. (See the YouTube video below.)
“And we need Donald Trump to disclose all of his financial ties and whether his advisers are having meetings with the Kremlin.”
Stephanopoulos ignored it, and then asked Mook about the campaign’s announcement that the Clinton Foundation “would no longer take contributions from foreign governments or corporations if Secretary Clinton wins the White House.” People have questions about the influx of money from those governments during her time at State, he told Mook.
“And that has raised a lot of questions, people wondering why now and not when she was secretary of state.”
“Well, first of all, George, the steps that were taken when Secretary Clinton went to the State Department were unprecedented,” answered Mook. “It’s important to keep in mind this is a nonprofit, philanthropic organization. Ninety percent of the cost of malaria drugs has come down because of the work of the Clinton Foundation. There are over 10 million people around the globe today receiving life saving HIV and AIDS drug treatments because of the Clinton Foundation.”
But Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook was pushed for a better response.
“It’s not just Secretary Clinton’s critics who are suggesting a change should come,” replied Stephanopoulos. “You’ve had a former governor of Pennsylvania Ed Rendell said they should stop taking the contributions now, should disband.”
The host also mentioned an editorial from The Boston Globe, which had endorsed Secretary Clinton. He told Mook that they were calling for the Foundation to now “stop accepting funding,” as it was a growing distraction.
But Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook was adamant in his reply.
“Well, what the foundation has said is that they will continue to operate.”
Stephanopoulos, who has previously acknowledged that he donated $75,000 to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation according a 2015 article posted to the NY Times website by writers Jeremy W. Peters And John Koblin, seemed to be pressing Mook, perhaps due to words from reporters outside of America.
Allegations of a politically partisan American media have been expressed by at least one journalist overseas. It may be that Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook understands the issue of media bias, however, here in America. But other reporters, one of those being Glenn Greenwald, perhaps have shamed some of his colleagues.
“The U.S. media is essentially 100 percent united, vehemently, against Trump, and preventing him from being elected president.”
Pulitzer prizewinning reporter Greenwald made that lack of objectivity clear, per the article by writer Isaac Chotiner posted at Slate online. Greenwald, formerly of the Guardian and currently the co-founding editor of Intercept, also said that even if he does “share” the premise of fellow journalists against Trump, it doesn’t mean he would be “… willing to go along with any claim, no matter how fact-free, no matter how irrational, no matter how dangerous it could be, in order to bring Trump down.”
The interview Greenwald gave concerned the headlines that Trump had somehow “encouraged the Russians” to find or release “more Hillary Clinton emails” right after the Democratic National Committee suffered their “email hell” and the big WikiLeaks revelations before the DNC convention, mentioned previously here at the The Inquisitr.
“So, literally, the lead story in the New York Times today suggests, and other people have similarly suggested it, that Trump was literally putting in a request to Putin for the Russians to cyberattack the FBI, the United States government, or get Hillary Clinton’s emails,” Greenwald told Chotiner.
“That is such unmitigated bulls–t. What that was was an offhanded, trolling comment designed to make some kind of snide reference to the need to find Hillary’s emails. He wasn’t directing the Russians, in some genuine, literal way, to go on some cybermission to find Hillary’s emails.”
The fact that host Stephanopoulos actually pressed the Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook in this interview may signal an erosion of Clinton favoritism.
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