John Podesta, the chairman of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, has stated that he feels personally responsibility for the election of President Donald Trump. Podesta also asserted the Trump campaign should answer some questions about Russia's role in the election.
On Aug. 2, Podesta was asked during an interview why Trump continued to reference Clinton in his social media posts.
"It's unprecedented," Podesta told CNN. "You never saw that behavior from any other president who's talking about the person they beat. I think it really just bugs the hell out of him that she got 3 million more votes than he did."
The former campaign chair added, "Obviously we bear the burden of having lost the Electoral College, so I lose sleep about that every night."
On Aug. 1, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders blasted questions about Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with Russian officials for damaging information about Clinton in June 2016, asserting that Clinton had more ties to Russia than the Trump campaign.
"If you want to talk to somebody who's actually been tough on Russia, look at President Trump," Sanders said during a press conference, according to Fox News. "If you guys want to talk further about a relationship with Russia, look no further than the Clintons."
Podesta asserted that Sanders and the Trump administration were citing the Clintons to deflect controversies from the Trump administration.
"What they like to try to do is throw dust someplace else so they at least give the alt-right media and Fox News something to talk about," Podesta said.
In Podesta's view, the Trump administration is attempting to distract from the controversy surrounding the Russian government's meddling in the election.
"They like to say there's no crime," Podesta continued. "This all goes back to crimes that were committed: The hacking of the [Democratic National Committee], the hacking of my emails, the hacking of other Clinton campaign staff emails. Those are crimes committed by the Russians and now we know that at a minimum, [Trump campaign staff] were encouraging them to use the fruits of those crimes."
Clinton will offer her own take on the 2016 election in an upcoming book titled "What Happened."
On July 31, an excerpt from the book signaled the former Democratic nominee would give her unfiltered opinions on the election, The Associated Press reports.
"In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I've often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net," Clinton wrote. "Now I'm letting my guard down."