Clinton says Comey's letter, Russian
hackers cost her the election
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[May 03, 2017]
By John Whitesides
(Reuters) - Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday
she was on the path to victory in the 2016 presidential election until
late interference by Russian hackers and FBI Director James Comey scared
off some potential supporters.
In her most extensive public comments on the Nov. 8 election, Clinton
told a New York conference she was derailed by Comey's Oct. 28 letter
informing Congress the Federal Bureau of Investigation had reopened a
probe of her use of a private email server and by the WikiLeaks release
of campaign chairman John Podesta's emails, allegedly stolen by Russian
"If the election had been on October 27, I would be your president," she
told a women's conference moderated by CNN's Christiane Amanpour.
"It wasn't a perfect campaign, but I was on the way to winning until a
combination of Comey's letter and Russian WikiLeaks," the Democrat said
of the loss to Republican Donald Trump. "The reason why I believe we
lost were the intervening events in the last 10 days."
Clinton, who said she is going through the "painful process" of writing
a book dealing in part with the election, also said misogyny played a
role in her defeat. Becoming the first woman U.S. president would have
been "a really big deal," she said.
Clinton took personal responsibility for the campaign's mistakes, but
did not question her strategy or her staff. "I was the candidate, I was
the person who was on the ballot. I am very aware of the challenges, the
problems, the shortfalls that we had," Clinton said.
She said she had no doubt that Russian President Vladimir Putin tried to
influence the election for Trump, and bluntly criticized the new U.S.
president for some of his foreign policy views and for tweeting too
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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton takes part in the
Women for Women International Luncheon in New York, U.S., May 2,
2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
"Iím back to being an activist citizen - and part of the
resistance," she said.
Clinton said broader negotiations involving China and other
countries in the region were critical for convincing North Korea to
rein in its nuclear program. She questioned Trump's recent
suggestion he would be willing to meet with North Korean leader Kim
Jong Un under the right circumstances.
"You should not offer that in the absence of a broader strategic
framework to try to get China, Japan, Russia, South Korea, to put
the kind of pressure on the regime that will finally bring them to
the negotiating table," Clinton said.
She also said she supported the recent missile strikes ordered by
Trump in Syria but was unsure if they would make a difference.
"There is a lot that we don't really yet fully know about what was
part of that strike," she said.
(Editing by Phil Berlowitz and James Dalgleish)
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