Hillary Clinton Breaks Her Silence to Share the 2 Things That Cost Her the Election

December 16th 2016

Danielle DeCourcey

Hillary Clinton, after laying low for weeks following the election, finally opened up publicly Thursday about why she lost the election to President-elect Donald Trump. 

Speaking to a group of campaign donors in New York, the former Democratic presidential nominee revealed the two “unprecedented” events she believed may be behind her November loss to the Republican opponent, according to The New York Times

1. Jim Comey's letter to Congress right before the election. 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation director made an announcement in July that Clinton's "extremely careless" handling of classified emails didn't warrant any criminal charges.

However, in late October only days before the presidential election Comey wrote a letter to Congress saying that the FBI was reopening its investigation and reviewing additional emails. The letter didn't give any details about the content of the emails. 

“Swing-state voters made their decisions in the final days breaking against me because of the FBI letter from Director Comey,” Clinton explained to campaign donors. 

2. The Russian hacking of emails from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign leaders. 

Hackers, that the CIA now believes were Russian, obtained emails from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton's campaign staff that showed former Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz showed a bias in favor of Clinton and against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. 

Clinton said that the hacking was an attempt to "undermine our democracy" because of a "personal beef" against her by Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

She added when speaking to her donors, "Putin publicly blamed me for the outpouring of outrage by his own people, and that is the direct line between what he said back then and what he did in this election." 

[H/T The New York Times]

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