Sussmann Trial: Clinton Campaign Scrambles to ‘Protect the Queen’

On Friday, Hillary Clinton’s former campaign manager, Robby Mook, testified that Clinton personally authorized the delivery of since-debunked data alleging collusion between former President Donald Trump and Russia. A former U.S. Justice Department official likened his testimony to a chess move made to “protect the queen,” the New York Post reported.

Jim Trusty, a former federal prosecutor, said Mook’s testimony that the then-Democratic presidential nominee signed off on the release of information allegedly connecting Trump to Russia’s Alfa Bank fit with testimony in which Mook and former campaign general counsel Marc Elias said they were unaware that campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann planned to provide the information to the FBI.

“The strategy here is Protect the Queen!” Trusty wrote in an email. “The Knights (lawyers for the campaign, the campaign manager) have drawn the line — admitting what they have to admit.”

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