U.S. President Donald Trump revived a months-old controversy in a series of tweets April 3 by asking if Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton ever "apologized" for receiving debate questions in advance. Trump also suggested that the brother of John Podesta, Clinton's campaign manager, was attempting to remove sanctions from Russia.
Trump raised several questions in a series of tweets in the early morning, and it appears that Trump's information behind the tweets may have come from cable news, according to Politico.
The morning program "Fox and Friends" aired a segment with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, in which Gingrich decried the allegations about Trump's involvement with the Russian government as "absurd." He also went on to describe what he thought to be questionable involvement between Russia and the Clinton campaign.
"But, frankly, that involves the Podesta brothers, one of whom is a registered agent for a Russian bank,” Gingrich said, referring to John Podesta's brother, Tony Podesta. According to a report from The Daily Caller, Tony was paid $170,000 to represent a Russian bank in seeking to end Obama-era sanctions against the country.
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"It involves all the different things that Peter Schweizer wrote about [in his book "Clinton Cash]." And it’s ironic that all of the real evidence of real money and real influence-buying by the Russians relates to Democrats."
"Clinton Cash" is a New York Times bestselling book that examines the ties between Clinton and foreign benefactors during her tenure as secretary of state and with the Clinton Foundation. Research for the book was done by a nonprofit research organization founded by Schweizer and current White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, according to Bloomberg. Trump has mentioned the book in his speeches.
Trump's other tweet about Clinton allegedly receiving questions via email prior to the debate revives a year-old issue. Before a Democratic primary debate between Clinton and presidential rival Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont on March 12, 2016, Clinton allegedly received an email from former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile that contained a potential question about the death penalty.
During the debate, CNN read the question verbatim, according to the Daily Mail. Brazile was a paid on-air contributor at the time.
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Brazile said in an essay published in TIME that she will "forever regret" her actions regarding the email she sent to Clinton, according to Mediaite.
"My job was to make all our Democratic candidates look good, and I worked closely with both campaigns to make that happen. But sending those emails was a mistake I will forever regret," she wrote.