Clin­ton says ‘no doubt’ Trump team in­ter­sected with Rus­sia

Manila Times - - OPINION - WhatHap­pened.

NEW YORK: Hil­lary Clin­ton, who on Tues­day re­leased her tell-all mem­oir about the 2016 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 “There’s no doubt in my mind re­la­tion­ships be­tween Trump and his op­er­a­tion with Rus­sian money,” she said in the in­ter­view pub­lished hours be­fore she kicked mem­oir,

“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 sev­eral 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

“There were all of th­ese out­side forces com­ing at me right un­til the very end,” she told Na­tional Pub­lic Ra­dio.

Comey and San­ders

Among them: the FBI’s re­lent­less in­ves­ti­ga­tion of her emails, and the an­nounce­ment by then- di­rec­tor James Comey, just 11 days be­fore the elec­tion, that the bureau was re-open­ing its probe into her use of a pri­vate ac­count and server while sec­re­tary of state.

“Af­ter the Comey let­ter, my mo­men­tum was stopped,” Clin­ton told NPR.

“My num­bers dropped, and we were scram­bling to try to put it back to­gether, and we ran out of time.”

Clin­ton also lashed out at her pro­gres­sive ri­val Bernie San­ders, whom she felt re­fused to fully back her gen­eral elec­tion 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.

pres­i­den­tial can­di­date fol­low­ing her Novem­ber loss, but she is not go­ing away qui­etly.

Her 15- stop book tour is in­tended not only to drum up sales but per­haps bur­nish Clin­ton’s US po­lit­i­cal life.

In her mem­oir the 69-year-old as­sumes her share of re­spon­si­bil­ity for her stun­ning de­feat—”My mis­takes burn me up in­side,” she writes of her topsy-turvy cam­paign.

But the for­mer first lady and

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