Hillary Clinton is telling her allies and donors that FBI Director James Comey and Russian President Vladimir Putin are to blame for her loss in the presidential election, according to the New York Times.
The Times reported Clinton told rich donors in Manhattan on Thursday the letter from the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the hacks reportedly done by the Russians into the Democratic National Committee and campaign chairman John Podesta convinced undecided voters to go for President-elect Trump.
While Clinton has blamed Comey before, the remarks reported Friday were some of her most pointed against Putin. She said Putin blamed her for calling the 2011 parliamentary election in Russia rigged.
"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," she said.
The comments come after several campaign post-mortems that exposed the failure of Clinton's campaign staff to heed warnings that it was losing ground to Trump in crucial Midwestern states. Clinton has also been criticized for not visiting the battleground state of Wisconsin during the final six months of the campaign, and running on a platform of not being Trump instead of making her case to the American people.
Clinton told her donors the press didn't help her enough during the campaign in order to make the case that Russia was trying to interfere in the election. The reports of Russian involvement in the hacks were widespread.
"Make no mistake, as the press is finally catching up to the facts, which we desperately tried to present to them during the last months of the campaign," Clinton said.
"This is not just an attack on me and my campaign, although that may have added fuel to it," she said. "This is an attack against our country. We are well beyond normal political concerns here. This is about the integrity of our democracy and the security of our nation."