Louise Mensch, former Tory MP and relentless controversialist, is thrilled at being at the center of Donald Trump’s Russian-related meltdown.
By Lloyd Grove
An unlikely protagonist—or, depending on one’s perspective, anti-hero—has emerged from the delirious drama surrounding the charges of Russia’s collusion with Donald Trump’s campaign in its hacking of last year’s presidential election and Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that he was illegally wiretapped on orders of Barack Obama.
It’s British-born controversialist Louise Mensch, founder of the Rupert Murdoch-backed website Heat Street as well as a former Tory member of Parliament, who last November, the night before the balloting, authored a barely noticed story that has suddenly engulfed the political universe.
The 45-year-old Mensch, a resident of Manhattan’s Upper West Side with her three children and rock band-manager husband, is a former record-company publicist and chick-lit novelist who is better known for spinning outlandish conspiracy theories than for her investigative-reporting chops.
But it was her Nov. 7 piece on Heat Street—which claimed the FBI obtained a secret warrant last October to monitor communications between Trump Tower and two Russian-connected banks—that provoked the president into a Twitter meltdown that continues to reverberate, with White House demands for a congressional investigation and a report that Obama is “livid” with anger at Trump’s accusation.
“I was really thrilled,” Mensch told The Daily Beast on Wednesday about the president’s reaction, “because I thought he was simply admitting that my story was true.”
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Source: The Daily Beast