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Book: Clinton Campaign Feared Russia Poisoning from Trump Handshake

'Democrats found themselves almost perpetually disoriented by autumn... '

(Chris Parker, Headline USA) An excerpt from the upcoming book The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America sheds light on a wild conspiracy theory perpetuated by Hillary Clinton’s senior staffers during the 2016 presidential election.

Apparently, top campaign staffers fell for their own fabricated Russian collusion farce to the point of  believing that Russia planned to use Trump to poison Clinton with a hand shake, reported Breitbart.

The book, written by New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, credits the bizarre paranoia originally stemming from Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s husband:

“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,” the except says.

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Haberman also claims that Clinton didn’t take the “threat” seriously, but it was still pervasive enough to merit an investigation. Clinton also refrained from shaking Trump’s hand during the third 2016 presidential debate.

“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 writes.

Haberman’s recent history of harsh criticisms against Donald Trump suggest that it’s unlikely her claims are stemming from partisan support. Still, she did call out Clinton’s legal team for feeding unverifiable information against Trump during the 2016 election season.

“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,” she wrote.

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“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.”

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