Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic Presidential nominee, said in an interview that she is sure that President Trump’s associates helped the Russian government interfere in the election, saying there is “no doubt in my mind” that there was communication and even possibly collusion between the parties.
“There certainly was communication and there certainly was an understanding of some sort,” she said in an interview with USA Today on Monday. “Because there’s no doubt in my mind that 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.”
Clinton said she is “convinced” that the Trump campaign was involved in some time of coordination with Russia, but said she “happen(s) to believe in the rule of law and believe in evidence,” so she doesn’t want to “make all kinds of outrageous claims.”
“But if you look at what we’ve learned since (the election), it’s pretty troubling,” she said.
She added that she believes Russian President Vladimir Putin has a “personal vendetta” against her due to her husband’s presidency and because of some moves she made during her tenure as Secretary of State.
“Yet I never imagined that he would have the audacity to launch a massive covert attack against our own democracy, right under our noses — and that he’d get away with it,” she said.