What Happened — Hillary Clinton Says ‘I Would Have Won’ If Not For James Comey


Hillary Clinton appeared on Today Wednesday morning in her first live interview since the 2016 election to promote her new book, aptly titled What Happened.

In the interview Clinton discussed what she saw as the reasons for her loss to now President Donald Trump, who was one of the most — if not the most — unpopular candidates in U.S. general election history.

After placing some ceremonial blame on mistakes made by herself and her campaign, Clinton pointed to a number of outside factors, including “endemic sexism and misogyny,” the “unprecedented action of the FBI director,” “voter suppression” and Russian efforts “to turn or tilt the outcome of the election.”

NBC’s Savannah Guthrie then asked Clinton what she thought the single biggest factor was in determining her loss.

“I think the determining factor was the intervention by Comey on October 28th,” Clinton declared, referring to former FBI director James Comey’s bombshell letter released just days before the election regarding the investigation into her emails.

“As I write in the book and I could have put much more into the book, and independent observers like Nate Silver and others say, yes, but for that intervention I would have won,” she explained. “But it stopped my momentum. It drove voters from me, understandably.”

“So I think that, in terms of my personal defeat, was the most important factor.”

Nate Silver, in his FiveThirtyEight post-mortem of the election, determined that “Hillary Clinton would probably be president if FBI Director James Comey had not sent a letter to Congress on Oct. 28,” as it precipitated a sharp drop in her polling in crucial states that ultimately cost Clinton her Electoral College loss.

On Today, Clinton also discussed the investigation into Trump’s campaign ties to Russia, though she stopped short of accusing her opponent’s campaign of collusion.

She also declared that if she were president today, she would not let Russia get away with an interference in the U.S. election:

“Getting to the bottom of this — which I hope everyone agrees we must — if I had been elected and this had come to light, if I had known once I walked into the Oval Office what we now know, I would have stopped at nothing to make sure this never happened again to anybody.”

Watch above, via NBC.

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