Hillary Clinton said Tuesday the nation needs "a new Congress and a new Republican Party" to be a check-and balance on an "uncontrollable and unaccountable" President Donald Trump.
In a wide-ranging interview on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show," the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee — promoting her book, "What Happened" — said GOP lawmakers are "turning a blind eye to what is going on," and the midterm elections will reflect Americans' dissatisfaction.
"I see them standing by when the president orders the declassification of very important intelligence information in order to help himself and hurt others," she said. "The continuing assault on the FBI, the Department of Justice, these are serious problems that the Republicans in Congress seem unwilling or unable to address."
"And we at least need a new Congress and a new Republican Party to begin to speak out and to exercise their constitutional responsibility as a check and balance on what the administration is doing," she declared.
Clinton predicted after this November's election, Trump is "going to wholesale fire people."
"And if we don't have one or both houses of Congress in place, he will be even more uncontrollable and unaccountable," she said. "He will fire people in the White House. He will fire people in his administration who he thinks are crossing him, questioning him, undermining him."
Questioned about whether Russian president Vladimir Putin wanted her to lose the 2016 election, Clinton said his preference was for Trump, "but it was more than that."
"I think they play a long game," she said. "I don't know whether Trump is a witting or unwitting tool of Putin. I don't know that. But it's clear he is playing checkers and Putin is playing three dimensional chess."
She also said she supported the idea of an FBI investigation of allegations by California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault more than three decades ago.
"What I think the White House and the Republicans on the [Senate Judicial] Committee are trying to do is, you know, is basically put her in the dock and try to rush this through,” she said of the Kavanaugh nomination hearings.
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