Anonymous sources told both CNN and The New York Times that Hillary Clinton was “unaware” that her own campaign had commissioned a dossier on Donald Trump from Russian operatives.
According to both media organizations, the woman who — at least according to her website — was set to be the most competent and capable leader to ever hold the nation’s highest office, was blissfully ignorant about her own campaign’s opposition research strategy, and left completely in the dark about a “blockbuster file” meant to destroy Trump’s credibility.
“Even Mrs. Clinton only found out about Mr. Steele’s research after Buzzfeed published the dossier, according to two associates who discussed the matter with her,” the NYT reported.
“Hillary Clinton was unaware of the now-infamous dossier of allegations about Donald Trump and Russia prior to Buzzfeed’s publishing of the document earlier this year, a source familiar with the matter has told CNN,” the major news network claimed.
The denials are, of course, awfully convenient, particularly considering that the sources close to the matter seem reluctant to reveal themselves. It’s especially strange since CNN’s reporting seems to indicate that Fusion GPS was so proud of the memo, which covered Donald Trump’s trips to Moscow, his sexual preferences, and his personal habits, that they were briefing journalists months before the election.
This is, of course, not the first time Clinton has feigned ignorance of technical issues or management decisions to relieve herself of the burden of responsibility.
During the investigation into her use of a private email server, Clinton claimed she was not aware that a “C” marked on the top of a memo indicated it was “classified,” though that seems to be common knowledge among even low-level DC staffers. She also told a press conference that she used two separate devices to retrieve emails because she was a technological luddite and chained to her outdated Blackberry.
Just a few weeks ago, Clinton said she was “shocked” that her campaign spent half a million dollars on hair and makeup, even though she received those services.