Book Claims Hillary Clinton Campaign Feared Russians Could Poison Her Via a Handshake at Trump Debate

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    Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign staffers were so fearful that they thought the Russians would poison her at a debate through a handshake with her opposing candidate for president, Donald Trump, an upcoming book explains. 

    The paranoia is described in the novel Confidence Man: the Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America by New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, an excerpt of which was obtained by Breitbart News prior to the book's release. The book is due out this week.

    Haberman's book exposes that senior advisors to Clinton thought that Trump might be involved in a secret plan in conjunction with Russians to deliver poison to her through a handshake prior to the third debate in the 2016 election. The most shocking scene from The Interview, a show where an entertainment host, who was scheduled to talk to a fictional Kim Jong Un, meets with U.S. Intelligence agents who instruct him to attempt to poison with a handshake, is detailed in Haberman’s new book.

    Haberman wrote regarding the 2016 presidential campaign:

    Democrats found themselves almost perpetually disoriented by autumn. During preparations for the third debate, Clinton’s team was disrupted by a warning from the husband of Senator Dianne Feinstein, who said he had been told that Russians might try to poison Clinton through a handshake with Trump, to inflict a dramatic health episode during the debate.

    Haberman noted the fact that Clinton herself “did not take it seriously.” However, Ron Klain, who is currently Biden's White House chief of staff and was aiding Clinton to prepare for debate, “wondered how Trump would poison Clinton but not himself.”

    So, Clinton's Communications Director at the time Jennifer Palmieri, who is now co-hosting the Showtime program The Circus, set off to determine if Sen. Feinstein's husband's concerns over Trump poisoning Clinton through a handshake were credible.

    Her communications director, Jennifer Palmieri, took the prospect seriously enough to check it out; the warning turned out to be mere speculation from a historian with no knowledge of Russian plans,” Haberman explained.”

    Despite Haberman's claims that Hillary Clinton did not believe the allegations, there wasn't a handshake during the third debate between Clinton and Trump.

    This report isn't the only one that is shocking about the Clintons in the book by Haberman. In addition, Haberman also reports that Clinton's lawyers tried to send flimsy and unsubstantiated attacks on Trump to her publication, the New York Times, prior to the 2016 election after the push of other poor allegations to the FBI.

    “Clinton and her team felt wronged—by Comey and the FBI, by the email hacks, and by the media coverage, which they believed was stacked against them,” Haberman wrote. “The campaign and prominent Democrats were frantic to get people to pay more attention to possible connections between Trump’s world and Russia, which the FBI had been investigating for months. A lawyer for the Clinton campaign helped seed funding for in-progress research led by a former British spy that resulted in a dossier filled with unconfirmed salacious allegations against Trump. They also focused on research into computer servers used by his company; people connected to the campaign then gave the information, claiming the Trump Organization was communicating with a Russian state bank, to the FBI. A campaign lawyer pitched my New York Times colleagues on a story about the server activity and the FBI investigation into it. But after several discussions with the reporters, the evidence did not support the incendiary claim.”

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