Hillary Clinton, who yesterday released her tell-all memoir about last year’s presidential campaign, said she has no doubt that Donald Trump’s associates helped Russia interfere in the US election.
Last year’s failed Democratic nominee told USA Today newspaper that there “certainly was an understanding of some sort” — and direct communication — between Trump’s campaign officials or associates and Russia.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that there are a tangle of financial relationships between Trump and his operation with Russian money,” she said in the interview published hours before she kicked off her first book-signing for the memoir, What Happened.
“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.”
The Trump campaign’s links to Russia are under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller and by multiple congressional committees.
Clinton’s assertions in interviews coinciding with the book launch amplify a core message of her campaign confessional: that a series of external forces conspired to prevent her from becoming the nation’s first woman president.
“There were all of these outside forces coming at me right until the very end,” she told National Public Radio.
Among them: the FBI’s relentless investigation of her e-mails, and the announcement by then director James Comey, just 11 days before the election, that the bureau was reopening its probe into her use of a private account and server while secretary of state.
“My numbers dropped, and we were scrambling to try to put it back together, and we ran out of time,” she told NPR.
Clinton also lashed out at her progressive rival, Bernie Sanders, whom she felt refused to fully back her campaign.
“I didn’t get anything like that respect from Sanders and his supporters. And it hurt,” she told Pod Save America, an internet podcast.
Clinton’s 15-stop book tour is intended not only to drum up sales but perhaps burnish her standing as a prominent figure in US political life.