September 23, 2017

In her interview with Joy Reid today, Hillary Clinton responded to Reid's question: Did she think any crimes were committed by the Trump campaign?

There was "certainly an attempt by many of the Trump associates to hide the connections that they had with representatives of the Russian government and people close to Putin," she said.

"We know that Putin was intent upon helping Trump. That's no longer subject to debate. We knew that he wanted to defeat me. That's also accepted. Now what we're finding out is how some of that happened.

"The interference with the election included everything from what we now know about Facebook ads and posting. I was so amused when Senator Mark Warner pointed out the Facebook ads were paid for with rubles. We now know that without a doubt that the DNC had materials stolen through Russian intelligence efforts, through cyber attacks, which then migrated to Wikileaks.

"We know a lot, but I'm going to leave it to the investigators in both the Congress and the special counsel to actually come up with whatever legal conclusions: were there laws broken, what more do we need to know?

She said it was really important to note that "even if there was not this smoke around the Trump campaign's involvement with the Russians, we should still be really upset and determined to do something about it. If I had been elected president and I knew this was out there, even if in some other alternative universe it helped me instead of my opponent, I would have demanded we do an independent commission with all the authority needed, subpoena power to get to the bottom of this, because it's not going to stop. It has been too successful for Putin.

"And now we're hearing these bragging comments from Russian media persons, from Russian members of Parliament and their government saying, yeah, you know, we picked a president. We won an election.

"That should terrify every American. I don't care what party you are. Maybe it was me today. It could be somebody else tomorrow."

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