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Broadcaster who sparked Trump’s ‘wiretap’ tweet claims Clinton, Mueller and FBI ‘colluded’ with Russia

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A right-wing broadcaster claimed “Hillary Clinton paid for a warrant” used to put a Trump campaign adviser under surveillance as part of a conspiracy that also involved Russia and the FBI.

Mark Levin, who inspired President Donald Trump’s claim last year that the Obama administration wiretapped him, appeared Monday night on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show to float his latest conspiracy theory.

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“I am telling you, we’re looking at the FBI, we’re looking at the Department of Justice, we are not looking at all at the White House,” Levin told Hannity. “Hillary Clinton paid for a warrant — that’s the easiest way we can put it. Hillary Clinton colluded with the Russians. But it appears the FBI at the senior-most levels colluded with the Russians, too. Whether it was witting or unwitting, it doesn’t matter. That’s a fact.”

Levin claimed special counsel Robert Mueller set the conspiracy in motion when he served as FBI director under presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, before stepping down in 2013 — when Trump was host of NBC’s “The Apprentice” and not a presidential candidate.

“It has everything to do with Mueller because it transitions from the counterintelligence investigation into a criminal investigation after (the next FBI director James) Comey, of all things, confesses of all things to being a leaker,” Levin said. “And Mueller — Mueller is the former FBI director. Those are his people. That is his environment. He’s not out there as some independent force.”

Levin then posed to Hannity a question he described as “logical.”

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“Why would the Russians want Donald Trump to be president of the United States when they could get everything they want from Hillary Clinton — whether it’s uranium, whether it’s undermining defense by cutting military spending, by refusing to secure our border?” Levin said. “Why in the world with the Russians want Trump as to Hillary Clinton?”

Levin, whose program “Life, Liberty and Levin” will launch later this month on Fox News, did not address sanctions against Russia imposed by Congress that the Trump administration has refused to enforce.

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