Hillary Clinton is convinced that President Donald Trump’s associates colluded with Russia during November’s election, according to a report published Monday night.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that the Trump campaign and other associates have worked really hard to hide their connections with Russians.”
In an extensive interview with USA Today, the onetime Democratic presidential candidate said “there’s no doubt in my mind” that Russian President Vladimir Putin favored Trump, that there were financial ties between Trump’s operation and Russian money, and that Trump’s associates have worked to conceal those ties.
“I’m convinced of it,” she told USA Today when asked if there was collusion. “I happen to believe in the rule of law and believe in evidence, so I’m not going to go off and make all kinds of outrageous claims. But if you look at what we’ve learned since (the election), it’s pretty troubling.”
Clinton said Putin had a “personal vendetta” against her dating back two decades. “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.
Clinton’s memoir of the 2016 campaign, “What Happened,” hits bookstores Tuesday and is already on Amazon.com’s AMZN, +1.25% bestseller list. While taking responsibility for some of her campaign’s failures, in the her book Clinton also singles out Democratic rival Sen. Bernie Sanders and former FBI Director James Comey as undermining her.