Considering that she’s the woman who once coined the phrase “vast right-wing conspiracy” when defending her husband during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, you’d think Hillary Clinton would be hesitant to entertain any conspiracy theories of her own. But that’s hardly the case. For a woman who attacked Donald Trump’s conspiratorial beliefs about climate change being a Chinese hoax, she’s happy to entertain conspiracies of her own, specifically about Russia.
Hillary seems to think The Donald is in cahoots with the Russian hackers she believes to have leaked troves of information to Wikileaks. It’s apparently The Donald’s responsibility to denounce the Russians for exposing her.
Now, she’s going full-blown National Enquirer and trying to link the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank.
Computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank. pic.twitter.com/8f8n9xMzUU
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 1, 2016
She’s also trying to start a Trump “private email server” controversy with a week until the election.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 31, 2016
It’s a “theory” so far-stretched that even the New York Times can’t back her up on it (though they did publish their story on the matter all the way back on page 21).
As The Hill reported: Amid multiple reports drawing different connections between Donald Trump‘s campaign and Russia Monday night, The New York Times reported that FBI officials’ investigations of the GOP presidential nominee have yet to confirm any ties.
FBI officials said their investigations have yet to find a connection between the GOP presidential nominee and Russia. The bureau has been investigating the Russian government’s role in the U.S. presidential election. But the FBI believes that the country was likely trying to disrupt the overall race and not trying boost Trump’s chance of getting elected.
The Monday night report comes after CNBC reported earlier in the day that FBI Director James Comey argued against accusing Russia of interfering in the election due to the timing and because he did not want the accusation against Russia to come from his agency. And Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) alleged earlier in the day that the FBI has “explosive information” about a connection, suggesting federal investigators have “explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisors and the Russian government” and must make it public.
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and critics have criticized Trump for praising Russian President Vladimir Putin. But Trump has pushed back, saying he has “nothing to do” with Russia and doesn’t know Putin.
The conclusions also come amid a report from Slate that an unnamed computer scientist found a connection between a Trump organization server and two servers registered to a Moscow bank [called Alfa Bank].
The left-leaning fact checking website Snopes also lists Hillary’s claims as unproven, noting that it wasn’t long before cybersecurity expert Robert Graham of Errata Security tackled the claims. In a more concise and far less speculative blog post, Graham cast reams of doubt on the entire claim set and noted that a hotel marketing management company (Cendyn), not Trump, controlled the domains in question.
What does it say for Hillary Clinton when she’s grasping at straws this desperately a week from election day? It means the heat has been turned on, and despite the media narrative that a Hillary presidency is a done deal, even she knows better.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]