On Monday morning, the nation awoke to the news that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates had been indicated on twelve counts, including conspiracy against the U.S. and money laundering.
At a Monday book signing, Hillary Clinton responded to the indictments, quipping that she included a “great chapter about Russia in here,” speaking of her new book, What Happened, which tells of her experiences running for president against Donald Trump in 2016.
She began her brief remarks at the Winnetka, Illinois, bookstore at which she appeared by quipping that “you can find out what happened and what is still happening” on the national political stage in her book.
Clinton, as has been widely touted by now, finished the election with millions more votes than Donald Trump overall, but he won enough densely populated areas to finish with a majority in the electoral college last November.
Clinton was the target of a massive disinformation campaign carried out by Russian government aligned interests throughout the months leading up to the election; just this Monday, CNN reported that Facebook estimates “roughly 126 million Americans may have been exposed to content generated on its platform by the Russian government-linked troll farm known as the Internet Research Agency between June 2015 and August 2017.”
Russian government aligned interests, including the Internet Research Agency, spread actual fake news across the internet in the months leading up to Election Day 2016, accusing Clinton of all sorts of crimes which she has not committed. Their efforts muddied the waters to sufficient degree to keep Clinton’s campaign from taking off among the voters who, if they’d voted for Clinton, would have handed her the presidency.
Interestingly, through all of this, Trump-aligned interests have sought to accuse Hillary Clinton of wrongdoing, although she has been beyond thoroughly vetted at this point. Interests aligned with the president have alleged that she facilitated a treasonous transfer of uranium to Russia, when she did not personally facilitate that transfer, without regard to whether or not it was treasonous.
Trump-aligned interests have also alleged wrongdoing on Clinton’s part because her campaign pitched in on the opposition research against Trump that has led, in part, to the present investigation into Trump’s team. Opposition research, however, is not illegal.
Watch Clinton’s brief Monday remarks at an Illinois bookstore below. Monday evening, Clinton will be making an appearance at an event at Roosevelt University’s Auditorium Theater.
Asked about today’s indictments during book signing in Chicago, Hillary Clinton says, “I have a great chapter about Russia” in her book. pic.twitter.com/FRYiR9RWbe
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) October 30, 2017
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