Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook repeatedly said Sunday morning that John Podesta’s emails released by WikiLeaks were stolen by the Russians, but Fox News host Chris Wallace pointed out that Donald Trump’s tax returns — which the Clinton campaign used to attack Trump — were also stolen documents.
Mook, on “Fox News Sunday,” said he’s unsure the tax returns were stolen, but Wallace kept pressing him.
Robby Mook: These are stolen documents, stolen by the Russians — it’s now confirmed — from John Podesta, that are being put out for this purpose.
Chris Wallace: Can I speak to that? You know, the Trump tax returns were stolen as well when they were mailed to The New York Times. You guys didn’t object to that, in fact, you jumped all over them.
Mook: Well, we don’t know where those tax returns came from.
Wallace: Well, they were clearly stolen.
Mook: We don’t know that.
Wallace: Do you think Trump had given them?
Mook: I don’t know. I don’t know how they got to The New York Times.
Wallace: I guess that’s what I’m saying, if we’re looking at the fruits of that theft — and I will call it a theft — it’s fair to look at the fruits of your theft.
Mook: Well, I think what’s particularly disturbing in this situation is that the intelligence community has now confirmed that John Podesta’s e-mails and the DNC e-mails were stolen by the Russians.
Wallace: I know about the Russian connection. I’m talking about the $12 million from the King of Morocco and the fact that this continues to sort of show the line between private and public and Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.
Mook: I think we got to look at what decisions were made. There was a meeting in Morocco, Secretary Clinton decided not to go, focus on her campaign here, and again, we’re having —
Wallace: But then Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton went. Correct?
Mook: My understanding is they did go, but she did not. Again, this is the discussion the Russians want us to be having. They stole this information, they’re selectively leaking. I can’t even verify the information you have there. We simply don’t have enough time as a campaign —
Wallace: I promise you, if these were not true, you’d tell us.
Mook: And we are trying to go through some of them as we can. But we don’t have time to go through them all. And again, this is a distraction put in place by the Russian government at the suggestion and encouragement of Donald Trump. That should be a chilling fact for every single American.