In one of her few direct comments since the 2016 election on why she lost, Hillary Clinton today said if the voting had taken place before FBI Director James Comey’s letter about a renewed investigation became public, she would be president today.
She cited data from political analyst Nate Silver that showed if the election had been held on Oct. 27, she would have won. Comey’s letter was leaked the next day.
“It wasn’t a perfect campaign, there is no such thing,” Clinton said in response to a question from Christine Amanpour during a Women for Women International event in Washington, D.C.
“But I was on the way to winning until a combination of Jim Comey’s letter on October 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the mind of people who were inclined to vote for me but got scared off. The evidence for that intervening event is, I think, is compelling and persuasive.”
Silver too said she was going to win until those events. He tweeted about it in December.
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) December 11, 2016
Clinton said that the Russian hacking and leaks around the same time were also damaging. She said she is writing a book that will have much more on her take about what happened, which she expects to publish this fall.
Comey’s letter and other events in retrospect appear to be dirty tricks designed to sway the election to Trump. Along with her book, there are on-going investigations into the Russian connection in particular that may ultimately bring the truth to light.
Watch her remarks here: