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On Friday, a 2016 tweet resurfaced in which Hillary Clinton’s campaign falsely accused the then-Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, of maintaining ties with Russia. The owner of SpaceX and Tesla, Elon Musk, asked Twitter executives for explanations regarding the permanence of the tweet on the social network, despite being “a hoax.”
An anonymous Twitter user warned Musk that he had reported Hillary Clinton’s tweet as “misleading disinformation.” Musk, in an unexpected response, agreed with the stranger.
“You’re absolutely correct,” Musk responded. “That tweet is a Clinton campaign hoax for which their campaign lawyer is undergoing a criminal trial.”
Immediately afterward, Musk tweeted at Twitter’s current CEO, Parag Agrawal, and the platform’s top lawyer and chief censorship officer, Vijaya Gadde: “What say you?”
When another user tried to disprove the facts on behalf of Clinton’s lawyer, Musk said he was “doubly upset” that both his vote and the funds he donated to the Democratic campaign in 2016 “were used to lie.”
“Sussmann himself admitted billing the Clinton Campaign to pay for him to present Russia hoax to the FBI! This is not even questioned by the defense,” Musk said, adding, “I donated to & voted for Hillary, so am doubly pissed off about those funds being used for lying.”
Debunking Hillary Clinton
Minutes later, Musk responded to a tweet from Ohio Republican Congressman Jim Jordan, in which he claimed that Democrats and the media lied about the alleged Trump-Russia link.
“Christopher Steele created the dossier. Glenn Simpson sold it to the press. Michael Sussman took it to the FBI. And Democrats and the media lied to you about it all,” Jordan’s tweet read.
Musk replied, “All true. Bet most people still don’t know that a Clinton campaign lawyer, using campaign funds, created an elaborate hoax about Trump and Russia. Makes you wonder what else is fake.”
On Friday, former Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook testified in court that Hillary Clinton personally approved the release of information about the alleged Trump-Russia link to the press.
Mook admitted in court that the Clinton campaign was “not entirely sure of the legitimacy of the data,” but hoped a reporter would follow up and determine if it was true.