Clinton says Comey's letter, Russian hackers cost her the election

While claiming responsibility for her failed campaign in the 2016 election, Clinton however, blamed the loss on FBI Director James Comey and WikiLeaks.

"If the election had been on October 27, I would be your president", she told a women's conference in NY moderated by CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

In her most extensive public comments on the November 8 election, Clinton told a NY conference she was derailed by Comey's October 28 letter informing Congress the Federal Bureau of Investigation had reopened the 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 hackers.

"If the election was on October 27, I'd be your president", Clinton continued, pointing to an analysis by FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver showing that Comey's October 28 announcement that the FBI was reopening the investigation into her private email server impacted her chances.

President Donald Trump hit back at Hillary Clinton's remarks about her election loss.

"I specifically request that this administration not stop efforts to make women's rights and opportunities a central goal", Clinton said, adding that she would continue to advocate for women's rights. We overcame an enormous barrage of negativity, of false equivalency, and so much else, but, as Nate Silver, who doesn't work for me, he's an independent analyst, but one considered to be very reliable, has concluded if the election had been on October 27th, I'd be your president, and it wasn't. She said she would stay active in public affairs.

Mrs Clinton said she has been going through the "painful" process of reliving the 2016 contest while writing a book. "It wasn't a flawless 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. "Every day that goes by, we find out more about the unprecedented inference, including from a foreign power whose leader is not a member of my fan club", Clinton said, without mentioning Russian President Vladimir Putin by name.

The former candidate also reminded attendees that she still managed to defeat President Trump in the popular vote - even though his Electoral College win provided a path to victory.

As a former first lady, USA senator and secretary of state, the 69-year-old Clinton said she has spent decades "learning about what it would take to move our country forward".

And it was clear he interfered to hurt me and to help my opponent.

'We later learned that the Russians and the Syrians moved jets off the runway, ' Clinton said.

And so, while Clinton initially supported Trump's military move, she was unsure about its impact.

  • Salvatore Jensen