Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said Friday that President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey was "an effort to derail and bury" the agency's probe into possible ties between the Republican's campaign and Moscow.
"I am less surprised than I am worried," Clinton told New York magazine in an interview published on Friday. "Not that he shouldn’t have been disciplined.
"And, certainly, the Trump campaign relished everything that was done to me in July and then particularly in October.
"Having said that, I think what’s going on now is an effort to derail and bury the Russia inquiry – and I think that’s terrible for our country," Clinton said.
The interview took place at Clinton's home in Chappaqua, N.Y., the day after Trump fired Comey earlier this month.
Clinton reiterated her claim that she would have won the November election had it not been for Comey and Russian meddling.
"What I was doing was working," Clinton told New York. "I would have won had I not been subjected to the unprecedented attacks by Comey and the Russians, aided and abetted by the suppression of the vote, particularly in Wisconsin."
Besides the Badger State, Clinton lost such Democratic strongholds as Michigan and Pennsylvania.
Former FBI Director Robert Mueller was appointed special prosecutor in the agency's Russia investigation.
Clinton also slammed President Trump in a commencement speech at her alma mater, Wellesley College.
"You are graduating at a time when there is a full-fledged assault on truth and reason," she told graduates. "Some are even denying things that we see with our own eyes, like the size of crowds.
"When people in power invent their own facts and attack those who question them, it can mark the beginning of the end of a free society.
"This is not hyperbole.
"It is what authoritarian regimes throughout history have done," Clinton said. "They attempt to control reality."
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