Wednesday 18 October 2017

Clinton 'convinced' Kremlin helped in her election defeat

Hillary Clinton at book launch
Hillary Clinton at book launch

Nick Allen

Hillary C;omtpm is "convinced" that associates of the Donald Trump campaign colluded with Russia to beat her in the US election.

In her most outspoken allegation so far, the defeated Democrat nominee said she was in "no doubt" that people connected to her rival helped Russia to interfere. Mrs Clinton was speaking as she published a 495-page book about the campaign, called 'What Happened'. In it, she called Mr Trump "hateful and flagrantly sexist", a "clear and present danger to the country and the world," and a "fraud and liar" who made her skin crawl.

Speaking to 'USA Today' about Russia links, she said: "There certainly was communication and there certainly was an understanding of some sort. Because there's no doubt in my mind that [Vladimir] Putin wanted me to lose and wanted Trump to win."

Asked if she believed there was collusion with Russia by Trump associates, Mrs Clinton said: "I'm convinced of it."

The question of whether there were links between the Trump campaign and Russia is being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller and several committees in Congress. In her book, Mrs Clinton said the Mueller investigation was "much more serious" than Watergate, and Mr Putin had a "personal vendetta" against her. She wrote: "I wasn't just running against Donald Trump. I was up against the Russian intelligence apparatus. This wasn't the normal rough-and-tumble of politics. This was, there's no other word for it, war."

Mrs Clinton also blamed former FBI director James Comey for reopening an investigation into her email server days before the vote, and her Democrat rival Bernie Sanders. She said: "There were all of these outside forces coming at me right until the very end. I didn't get anything like that respect from Sanders and his supporters and it hurt."

Mrs Clinton also likened Mr Trump's approach to George Orwell's novel '1984' and the Soviet Union, saying he had waged "war on truth".

She wrote; "Attempting to define reality is a core feature of authoritarianism. This is what the Soviets did when they erased political dissidents from historical photos. This is what happens in George Orwell's classic novel '1984', when a torturer holds up four fingers and delivers electric shocks until his prisoner sees five fingers as ordered."

Irish Independent

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