Former Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook testified Friday, May 20 in Washington, D.C. that then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton "approved the dissemination of materials alleging a covert communications channel between the Trump Organization and Russia’s Alfa Bank to the media, despite campaign officials not being 'totally confident' in the legitimacy of the data," according to a Yahoo News report today by Brooke Singman, Jake Gibson and David Spunt.

On Thursday, May 19, former FBI General Counsel James Baker testified that the bureau investigated the data alleging a Trump-Moscow connection and found that "there was nothing there."

Mook was on the stand today and was questioned by a prosecutor on special counsel John Durham’s team during Michael Sussmann’s trial. Federal Judge Christopher Cooper is presiding. 

Sussmann, 57, is Hillary Clinton's former campaign lawyer. He is on trial on a single count of lying to the government during a Sept. 19, 2016 meeting with Baker at FBI headquarters.

During cross-examination by government prosecutor Andrew DeFillippis today, Mook was asked about the campaign’s understanding of the Alfa Bank allegations against Trump – which have been discredited – and whether they planned to release the data to the media, according to Yahoo News, and other media.

Mook said he was first briefed about the Alfa Bank issue by Clinton campaign general counsel Marc Elias.

"I discussed it with Hillary as well," Mook said.

"I don’t remember the substance of the conversation, but notionally, the discussion was, hey, we have this and we want to share it with a reporter," Mook said.

The government asked Mook if Clinton approved "the dissemination" of the data to the media.

"She agreed," Mook testified.

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