Clinton Says FBI and Putin Led to Her Defeat

Hillary Clinton attributed her defeat to a convergence of two “unprecedented” events: the release of a letter by FBI director James Comey, 10 days before the election, and what she called an “attack against our country” by Russian president Vladimir Putin, the New York Times reports.

“A few days after the election, she did talk about the impact of Mr. Comey’s letter in a conference call with supporters. But speaking in Manhattan on Thursday to a group of her campaign donors, many of whom are still despondent over her defeat, she was particularly pointed about the role of Russia.”

“The Russians, she said, sought to ‘undermine our democracy’ through cyberattacks on Democratic targets. She said the hacking into the Democratic National Committee and into the emails of her campaign chairman, John D. Podesta, were a result of Mr. Putin’s ‘personal beef’ against her, pointing to her accusation that Russia’s 2011 parliamentary elections were rigged.”

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