| Clinton vs. Trump, again: Hillary Clinton delivered her most forceful critique of President Donald Trump‘s 2016 victory today — taking personal responsibility for her failed campaign, but also pointing to the timing of a letter from FBI Director James Comey and Russian interference as factors.
“I take absolute personal responsibility. 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," she told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour at a Women for Women International event in New York, before adding that she was “on the way to winning until a combination of Jim Comey‘s letter on October 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me and got scared off."
Clinton, who is writing a book that partly reflects on her 2016 loss, added, “The reason I believe we lost were the intervening events in the last 10 days." The event marks the latest where Clinton, in a stinging rebuke to Trump, blames herself for the 2016 loss and also casts the current President as someone aided by outside factors, including the Russian government.
Aides and friends say Clinton has grown more at peace with her loss in recent months, but is still focused on the interference by the Russian government, especially the fact that WikiLeaks began releasing John Podesta‘s hacked emails hours after the damaging “Access Hollywood" Trump tape was released. More from CNN’s Dan Merica.