Hillary Clinton Accuses Trump of 'Spinning Up Fake Scandal' Amid the Durham Investigation
© AP Photo / Michel EulerFormer US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives at an international conference that aims to fast-track the road to gender equality and mobilise millions of dollars to achieve the long-sought goal quickly, in Paris, France, Wednesday, 30 June 2021.
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Last week, Donald Trump argued that Special Counsel John Durham's new filing proves that his 2016 campaign and subsequent presidency "were spied on by operatives paid by" Hillary Clinton "in an effort to develop a completely fabricated connection to Russia", which has repeatedly rejected all "collusion" allegations.
After almost week of silence, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has finally responded to a new court filing submitted by Special Counsel John Durham, who has been looking into the FBI's "Russiagate" investigation to determine whether this probe was legal.
In the 11 February filing, Durham alleged that Hillary Clinton paid cybersecurity experts to hack into Donald Trump's election campaign to back her false claim that he "colluded" with Russia to defeat her in the 2016 presidential election.
The ex-first lady tweeted on Wednesday that "Trump & Fox are desperately spinning up a fake scandal to distract from his real ones".
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"So it's a day that ends in Y. The more his misdeeds are exposed, the more they lie. For those interested in reality, here's a good debunking of their latest nonsense", she added, attaching a link to a Vanity Fair article.
The piece, titled "You'll never believe it but Hillary Clinton did not, in fact, spy on Trump's White House", claims that neither John Durham "nor anyone else for that matter had actually provided evidence of any such crime" related to the former US secretary of state's alleged spying on the 45th president.
Hillary Clinton's remarks come after Trump urged the Justice Department to declassify and make public all of the remaining documents concerning the claims that his campaign colluded with Russia.
"They have the declassification order. And they should declassify, absolutely, especially in the light of what has just happened and what has just been revealed", the former US president told Fox News on Tuesday, referring to Durham's 11 February filing.
The interview was preceded by Trump expressing hope in a statement that John Durham would "fully expose" the FBI's "Russiagate" probe, adding the special counsel's inquiry reveals "the crime of the century".
The ex-US president also argued that Durham's findings provide "indisputable evidence" that Trump's 2016 campaign and presidency "were spied on by operatives paid by the Hillary Clinton campaign in an effort to develop a completely fabricated connection to Russia".
The former POTUS dubbed the situation a scandal "far greater in scope and magnitude than Watergate".
The statement followed Durham filing court papers last Friday, in which he argued that a Clinton campaign lawyer enlisted a tech executive to help "mine" internet data from locations, including Trump Tower and the White House, "to establish 'an inference' and 'narrative' tying then-candidate Trump to Russia".
Moscow has repeatedly denied attempting to meddle in US domestic affairs during the 2016 election and dismissed all allegations against it. In April 2019, a report by then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller revealed that his probe found insufficient evidence to prove collaboration between Russia and Trump's campaign team ahead of the 2016 election.