Hillary Clinton said Thursday night that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s alleged involvement in the hacking of Democratic organizations during the 2016 election stemmed from a longtime grudge Putin has held against her.
The former presidential nominee made the claims at a party meant to thank her millionaire donors in New York Thursday night, according to two donors who were there.
The Daily Caller reports,
They said that Clinton blamed the grudge on comments she made that were critical of Russia’s parliamentary elections in 2011, which she said were not free or fair.
Clinton told guests at her party that she was proud, as secretary of state, to have defended democracy when confronted by Putin.
Another donor who was there told CNN that Clinton said she believed the hacking was an “attack on our national security and an attack on our democracy.”
Guests were seen sobbing while Clinton spoke at the event, the donors added.