On Monday, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton held her first press conference in 275 days, during which she expressed her “very serious” concern over Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Clinton described Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government as an “adversarial foreign power” that’s actively trying to elect Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
“I’m really concerned about the credible reports about Russian government interference in our elections,” Clinton told reporters aboard the maiden voyage of her Boeing 737 “Stronger Together” campaign plane, which the Democratic nominee will share with her press corps for the final 63 days of the campaign.
“The fact that our intelligence professionals are now studying this, and taking it seriously,” she said, “raises some grave questions about potential Russian interference with our electoral process.”
Hillary also went after Trump, who she described as a having a “bizarre attraction to dictators.”
“We’ve never had the nominee of one of our major parties urging the Russians to hack more,” she said. In July, Trump encouraging Russia to find and release the deleted emails from the private server Clinton maintained at the State Department.
When Clinton was pressed on whether she thought the Russians were actively trying to ensure that Trump wins the election, she gave a long pause before giving her reply:
“I think it’s quite intriguing that this activity has happened around the time Trump became the nominee,” she conceded.
“I often quote a great saying that I learned from living in Arkansas for many years: If you find a turtle on a fence post, it didn’t get there by itself.”
Clinton’s focus on Russia may be part of a much broader strategy aimed at connecting Trump’s finances to the Russian government and its interests. Many people have openly speculated over the possibility that Trump is choosing not to release his tax returns due to evidence linking him either directly or indirectly with Putin’s regime.
Trump has also made several alarming statements, suggesting that the U.S. could pull out of NATO, which would drastically shift the balance of power in Europe to favor the Russians.
As Trump continues to use every lie, rumor, and conspiracy theory to promote uncertainty about Clinton’s character, the former Secretary’s newest offensive may serve to promote stronger doubts about Trump’s loyalty to his country.
Because treason beats out lost emails any day of the week.
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