Putin ‘interfered’ in 2016 election to ‘hurt me,’ Clinton says

Putin ‘interfered’ in 2016 election to ‘hurt me,’ Clinton says
03 May

Former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has claimed responsibility for her failed campaign in the 2016 election, however, blaming the loss on FBI Director James Comey and WikiLeaks.

“I take absolute personal responsibility, I was the candidate, I was the person on the ballot,” Clinton said in a Women for Women International event in New York on Tuesday.

“I am very aware of the challenges, the problems, the shortfalls that we had. It wasn’t a perfect campaign. There is no such thing,” she added.

Clinton said she was close to winning the election until Comey publicly announced he might reopen the investigation into her use of a personal email server when she was secretary of state. She also pointed to the alleged interference of Moscow in the last year’s election.

Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey delivers the remarks at the Intelligence and National Security Alliance Leadership Dinner on March 29, 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia. (Photo by AFP)

“If the election were on October 27, I would be your president,” Clinton said, referring to the day before Comey’s letter went public.

“I was on the way to winning until the combination of Jim Comey’s letter on October 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me but got scared off,” the former US presidential candidate said.

“And the evidence for that intervening event is, I think, compelling, persuasive. And so we overcame a lot. We overcame an enormous barrage of negativity, of false equivalency, and so much else,” she noted, adding that Russian President Vladimir Putin “certainly interfered in our election. And it was clear he interfered to hurt me and to help my opponent. And if you chart my opponent and his campaign’s statements, they quite coordinated with the goals that that leader who shall remain nameless had.”

Moscow has already rejected claims that it interfered in the US election, despite such a conclusion by the American intelligence community that has triggered three parallel investigations into the matter.

US President-elect Donald Trump delivers his acceptance speech at the New York Hilton Midtown, in New York City, November 9, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

Clinton sent more than 30,000 potentially confidential emails while heading the US State Department. This is while, she deleted thousands of the emails before turning over the server.

Before their ultimate face-off on November 8, GOP candidate Donald Trump accused Clinton of violating federal laws for using a private email server and using her political links to get away with the crime.

Clinton had been leading Trump throughout the campaign in most of the polls except for the last week of the election when she lost ground to Trump.

Trump stunned the world on November 8 by defeating his heavily favored Democratic opponent in the presidential election, sending the United States on a new and uncertain path.

Trump won the presidential election with 306 votes in the Electoral College, 36 more than he required to win the White House.

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