Robby Mook said today on CNN’s “State of the Union” that he believes "Russian state actors" were involved in releasing embarrassing emails from within Hillary Clinton’s campaign that supposedly aided Donald Trump’s campaign. Emails leaked from the Democratic National Committee last week show that leading Democrats were dismissive of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ chances of advancing during the primary races that Clinton ultimately won.
 
Mook -- who manages Clinton's campaign --  told CNN’s Jake Tapper, "There's evidence Russian state actors broke into the DNC, stole those emails, and there are experts saying they are releasing these emails for the purpose of helping Donald Trump." He added, “I don't think it's coincidental these emails were released on the eve of our convention here."
 
He said that it is “disturbing” that Russia possibly helped Trump’s march toward the nomination at the Republican National Convention. Mook said, "We need to be concerned Trump and his allies made changes to the platform to make it more pro-Russian, and we saw him talking about how NATO shouldn't intervene [in Russian disputes]. So I think when you put it all together, it's a disturbing picture."
 
When Tapper sought clarification, Mook sought to draw a line between Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s network last month, which was followed by WikiLeaks's July 22 publication of 20,000 DNC emails. Among those emails are messages in which leading Democrats question whether Sen. Bernie Sanders remained a viable candidate while seeking to turn his Jewish faith into a negative in the campaign. Of these, Mook said, "If they are the ones that took them, we have to believe they are the ones releasing them."
 
Later, on ABC’s “This Week,” Mook repeated this claims in an interview with host George Stephanopoulos. 
 
Even while the Democratic National Committee is supposedly neutral during the primary process, the revelations in the emails may undermine the appearance of unity that Democrats are striving for as they embark on their four-day convention tomorrow. Sen. Sanders repeatedly accused the DNC and DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of supporting Clinton covertly. Today, Sanders again called for  Wasserman Schultz’s resignation. Mook was not apparently ready to go so far today, but said, "I'm going to leave that to the DNC, because I don't have all the facts." Today, Wasserman Schultz announced that she will step down from the DNC after the convention.
 
Trump’s campaign told The Washington Post that Mook’s assertions are a "joke." Jason Miller, speaking for the Trump campaign, said "This shows that Hillary Clinton will do and say anything to win the election and hold onto power in the rigged system." 
 
“There's evidence Russian state actors broke into the DNC, stole those emails, and there are experts saying they are releasing these emails for the purpose of helping Donald Trump.”

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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