Author who Clinton ally tried to silence says Russiagate was meant to help Clinton’s campaign

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During “Sunday Morning Futures” with host Maria Bartiromo, author Lee Smith addressed Russiagate, claiming the entire story was designed to benefit Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Smith, who Clinton ally Sidney Blumenthal sought to silence, spoke of Stefan Halper’s involvement in the saga, saying Halper was a political operative paid to eliminate Donald Trump as presidential candidate, reports Fox News. 

“What we see is these are not actual studies — we hear that he was reportedly the FBI’s confidential source, sent against the Trump campaign,” he said. “What he really is… is a political operative. This was a political operation designed to assist the Clinton campaign. We talk a lot about the FBI, and DOJ and we’re right to focus on the very bad, likely criminal things they did. But it’s important to remember that the primary beneficiary was the Clinton campaign.”

Blumenthal reportedly said Lee’s book, “The Plot Against the President: The True Story of How Congressman Devin Nunes Uncovered the Biggest Political Scandal in U.S. History,” was defamatory, and tried to stop it from being published, by sending threatening letters to the author and publisher Center Street, a Hachette Book Group division.

“People in the Clinton world are keen for this book not to come out,” Smith said.

Smith’s book includes allegations regarding the Russia probe and its origin and the involvement of several Democratic operatives with the anti-Trump dossier compiled by Christopher Steele.

A source told Fox News, “the Clinton machine wanted to intimidate Lee.”