Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer published a tweet on Tuesday that accused Hillary Clinton of selling uranium to Russia through a fake charity, illegally deleting public records and murdering a U.S. ambassador.
Michael Cohen, executive vice president of the Trump Organization and special counsel to the presumptive Republican nominee, posted an image of the former secretary of state that included the conspiratorial accusations.
“I presided over $6 billion lost at the State Department, sold uranium to the Russians through my faux charity, illegally deleted public records, and murdered an ambassador,” the text above Clinton’s image read. “Elect Me!”
Cohen did not immediately respond to a request seeking evidence of the accusations. But in an email to the Washington Post, he sought to distance himself from the campaign. Cohen has repeatedly appeared on CNN as a Trump surrogate.
“As you are well aware, I am not part of the campaign and do not speak on behalf of Mr. Trump,” he wrote to the Post. “My tweets are mine and mine alone.”
Cohen’s Tuesday tweet was published hours before Republicans on the House Select Committee on Benghazi released its final report on the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, attacks that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, at a U.S. outpost in Libya.
The committee blamed the Obama administration for what it concluded was a slow response to help the Americans under attack. But the report did not find that Clinton, head of the State Department at the time, did anything illegal.
Democrats on the Benghazi committee blasted the GOP report as “a conspiracy theory on steroids — bringing back long-debunked allegations with no credible evidence whatsoever.”
Trump himself has repeatedly accused Clinton of breaking the law by using a private email server for official State Department business.
“What she did is illegal,” Trump said last week. “She shouldn’t have had a server.”
And the brash real estate mogul has floated other far-right-wing conspiracy theories about the Clintons. In a May interview with the Washington Post, Trump mused about the “very fishy” circumstances surrounding the 1993 death of Vincent Foster, the former White House aide who both police and federal investigators determined had committed suicide.