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Eric Trump says Durham indictment revealed Clinton bankroll of Alfa Bank dirt

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It took five years for the role Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign had in concocting the Alfa Bank scandal to become apparent, Eric Trump said on Sunday.

In working to dismiss one facet of the Russia collusion narrative, Eric Trump said he worked with the FBI on investigating allegations of a secret backchannel between Russia’s Alfa Bank and the Trump Organization, where he serves as executive vice president, but it was an indictment last week from special counsel John Durham's inquiry that finally showed evidence of bankrolling by Clinton's team.

"We had no idea where it came from. We worked with the FBI for a year, a year and a half. All our IT vendors worked with the FBI," Trump told host Maria Bartiromo during an interview on Fox News's Sunday Morning Futures.

Indeed, the FBI investigated findings brought forth by a small group of computer scientists connecting the business empire of his father, former President Donald Trump, to a Kremlin-linked bank in Moscow, but could not find evidence to support them, the Justice Department inspector general reported in late 2019. Alfa Bank also denied the claims.

Despite this, Trump insisted the Clinton campaign still got what it wanted in the final weeks of the 2016 campaign, starting with a media inquiry in which he was told a tip about Alfa Bank was "very, very" credible.

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"They wanted one thing, Maria. They wanted a headline in the New York Times or the Washington Post saying Donald Trump or the Trump Organization under investigation by the FBI for ties with Russia, which is exactly what they got," he said.

"For the two years that went past that, Pulitzer Prizes were won by literally writers all over the country about their great reporting on the collusion between Trump and between Russia," Trump added. "And we all know now that it was funded by Hillary Clinton. It's an absolute disgrace. It makes our country look like a banana republic. And it just shouldn't have happened."

Ending a high-profile investigation in the first half of 2019, special counsel Robert Mueller's team was unable to find a criminal conspiracy between Donald Trump's victorious campaign and Russia, but the notion of there being coordination with the Kremlin has never really faded. Now, roughly two and a half years later, Durham is wrapping up a criminal inquiry into the origins and conduct of the Russia investigation.

The indictment, returned by a grand jury last week, accuses Michael Sussmann, a former attorney from law firm Perkins Coie, of falsely telling the FBI's top lawyer he was not representing any clients when acting on behalf of a technology executive and the Clinton campaign during a Sept. 2016 meeting where he shared a tip about a secret electronic channel between Trump's company and the Russian bank. Sussmann pleaded not guilty to a charge of lying to the FBI on Friday, with lawyers insisting he never said he didn't have clients and was representing only the technology executive at the meeting five years ago.

The indictment says paperwork shows Sussmann billed the Clinton campaign for time spent working on the Alfa Bank matter, as well as the meeting with the FBI. The indictment also alleges that Marc Elias, another now-former Perkins Coie attorney who served as general counsel for the Clinton campaign, exchanged emails with the “campaign manager, communications director, and foreign policy advisor" about the Russian bank allegations, and Sussmann helped coordinate the dissemination of the claims to the media.

One Trump ally, Rep. Devin Nunes of the House Intelligence Committee, told Newsmax the indictment provides a great deal of evidence showing a broad conspiracy orchestrated by the Clinton team, but he wondered if Sussmann might become the "fall guy" in the end.

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Eric Trump suggested one person who should be interviewed or speak out is Clinton herself.

"Where is Hillary Clinton in this conversation? Where's her voice?" he said. "I mean, you better believe, if Donald Trump had one of his lawyers going in to make up lies to the FBI to try and smear another campaign, you would have — you better believe that he would have been on every paper around the world. Where is she? Why isn't she answering these questions?"

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