Hillary Clinton doesn’t need a special counsel probe to know “what happened” between President Donald Trump and the Russians. She’s already “convinced” that the two colluded to take away her right to ascend to the presidency.
In a new interview with USA Today, the twice-failed presidential candidate spoke from her Chappaqua, N.Y., home during the promotion effort for her new book, “What Happened,” which hit retail booksellers’ shelves on Tuesday.
“There certainly was communication and there certainly was an understanding of some sort,” Clinton told reporters on Monday. “Because there’s no doubt in my mind that (Russian President Vladimir) Putin wanted me to lose and wanted Trump to win. And there’s no doubt in my mind that there are a tangle of financial relationships between Trump and his operation with Russian money. And there’s no doubt in my mind that the Trump campaign and other associates have worked really hard to hide their connections with Russians.”
When asked point-blank if she believes there was collusion by Trump associates, she didn’t hesitate. “I’m convinced of it,” she said, adding, “I happen to believe in the rule of law and believe in evidence, so I’m not going to go off and make all kinds of outrageous claims. But if you look at what we’ve learned since (the election), it’s pretty troubling.”
Clinton’s memoir is used as a book of blame, after having lost a pivotal election to an unpopular candidate with all of the advantages, including a friendly media and the support of the outgoing president himself.
Former FBI director James Comey, Democratic primary rival Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden and even Barack Obama are taken to task for whatever they did or didn’t do to cause her to lose. But in the USA Today interview and the book, she emphasizes the role played by Russia.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is leaving no stone or bank account unturned as he searches for evidence that Trump’s associations actually “colluded with the Russians” to win him the presidency, but according to Clinton, there “certainly was communication, and there certainly was an understanding of some sort” between Moscow and Trump’s team.
Trump and his advisers have long-denied these outrageous accusations, with the president occasionally referring to the investigation as a “witch hunt.” He’s also pointed out the absurd notion that Vladimir Putin wanted him to win instead of Hillary, who was happy to sell off US uranium to Russia.
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