William Griffin claimed Winston Churchill made the following quote to him in an interview in 1936.
“America should have minded her own business and stayed out of the World War. If you hadn’t entered the war the Allies would have made peace with Germany in the Spring of 1917. Had we made peace then there would have been no collapse in Russia followed by Communism, no breakdown in Italy followed by Fascism, and Germany would not have signed the Versailles Treaty, which has enthroned Nazism in Germany. If America had stayed out of the war, all these ‘isms’ wouldn’t today be sweeping the continent of Europe and breaking down parliamentary government – and if England had made peace early in 1917, it would have saved over one million British, French, American, and other lives.”
Churchill later denied he made these remarks but acknowledged the interview to Griffin in 1936. William Griffin testified in a Congressional hearing that indeed Churchill made this statement. Griffin would later sue Winston Churchill for $1,000,000 in a libel suit. In October 1942 the case came up in British courts. Griffin at the time was under indictment in the US on charges relating to sedition and was unable to appear in British courts. The suit was dismissed on October 21, 1942.