BLAME GAME

Clinton Lashes Out at Russia, Putin for ‘Attack Against Our Country’

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers remarks at a ceremony to unveil a portrait honoring retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. December 8, 2016.

In a private meeting with donors Thursday night, Hillary Clinton attributed her election loss to Russian computer hacks and FBI Director James Comey’s revelations about her private email server during the home stretch of the presidential campaign. Clinton accused Putin of trying to “undermine our democracy” over his “personal beef” with the former secretary of State. “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,” Clinton said, according to an audio recording from the meeting that was obtained by The New York Times. Clinton characterized Putin’s actions as “an attack on our country,” and said “the press is finally catching up to the facts.” On the Comey letter, she added: “Swing-state voters made their decisions in the final days breaking against me because of the FBI leter from Director Comey.”