Hillary Clinton’s actions were influenced by an outlandish theory that defies belief.
She completely lost touch with reality.
Hillary Clinton had a shockingly paranoid fear of a Republican conspiracy.
Campaign staffers working for former Secretary of State and Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign were so unhinged that some believed that the Russians would poison her through shaking hands with her rival candidate for president, Donald Trump, at a debate, according to the upcoming book “Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America” by New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman.
Senior members of the Clinton staff were paranoid to the point that they thought Trump would participate in a secret plot with the Russians to poison her by a handshake before the third debate and final debate.
“Democrats found themselves almost perpetually disoriented by autumn. During preparations for the third debate, Clinton’s team was disrupted by a warning from the husband of Senator Dianne Feinstein, who said he had been told that Russians might try to poison Clinton through a handshake with Trump, to inflict a dramatic health episode during the debate,” Haberman wrote in an excerpt provided to Breitbart.
Haberman said that while Clinton personally “did not take it seriously,” Ron Klain, now White House chief of staff, “wondered how Trump would poison Clinton but not himself.”
Then-Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri allegedly investigated whether worries about if Trump would deliver Russian poison to Clinton via handshake were legitimate.
“Her communications director, Jennifer Palmieri, took the prospect seriously enough to check it out; the warning turned out to be mere speculation from a historian with no knowledge of Russian plans,” Haberman writes.
Despite Haberman’s assertion that Hillary Clinton didn’t credit the rumors, there was no handshake either at the beginning or the end of the event.
It was the first time presidential candidates did not shake hands during a debate since debates were regularly established.
Haberman also exposed the fact in her book that a lawyer working for the Clinton campaign tried asking The New York Times to print attacks about Trump’s connection to Russia, but were turned down due to the fact that the evidence just didn’t back up the claims.
“The campaign and prominent Democrats were frantic to get people to pay more attention to possible connections between Trump’s world and Russia, which the FBI had been investigating for months… A campaign lawyer pitched my New York Times colleagues on a story about the server activity and the FBI investigation into it. But after several discussions with the reporters, the evidence did not support the incendiary claim.”
The FBI lied to the FISA court about the reliability of the Steele dossier in order to wiretap members of the Trump campaign.
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