Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asserted during a conference that an unspecified group of Americans had colluded with Russian officials to damage her campaign during the 2016 election. While Clinton did not directly accuse President Donald Trump's campaign of collusion, she joked that he communicated with the Kremlin through Twitter.
On May 31, Clinton sat down for an interview at Code Conference 2017. During her remarks, the former Democratic nominee offered analysis of the Russian government's role during the presidential race, citing the consensus among 17 U.S. intelligence agencies that they committed cyber espionage to damage her campaign.
"They concluded with high confidence that the Russians ran an extensive information war campaign against my campaign, to influence voters in the election," Clinton said, according to Recode. "They did it through paid advertising we think, they did it through false news sites, they did it through these thousand agents, they did it through machine learning, which you know, kept spewing out this stuff over and over again."
The former Secretary of State added "it is important that Americans, and particularly people in tech and business understand, Putin wants to bring us down."
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Clinton asserted that Russian intelligence required American sources in order to strategically disseminate the information they had allegedly stolen from both her campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
"The Russians -- in my opinion and based on the intel and the counterintel people I've talked to -- could not have known how best to weaponize that information unless they had been guided... Guided by Americans and guided by people who had polling and data information," Clinton said.
The former Secretary of State did not directly name the Trump campaign, but strongly implied that they had fed Russian intelligence polling data to help damage her campaign. She did touch on Trump’s alleged ties to Russia in jest.
When asked about Trump's much-speculated tweet featuring the mysterious term "covfefe," Clinton joked "I thought it was a hidden message to the Russians."
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Later that day, Trump took to social media to blast Clinton for her remarks during the Code Conference.
"Crooked Hillary now blames everybody but herself, refuses to say she was a terrible candidate," Trump tweeted out.
Clinton responded by tweeting "People in Covfefe houses shouldn't throw covfefe."
On May 26, it was disclosed that the FBI was investigating the Trump campaign's analytics team as a part of their probe into Russian meddling during the election, CNN reports.