Hillary Clinton suggested in an interview Monday that she might challenge the legitimacy of President Trump’s victory if more evidence emerges of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
On NPR’s “Fresh Air,” host Terry Gross pressed Clinton on whether she would rule out questioning Trump’s win as the investigation into Russia’s meddling continues.
“No. I would not,” Clinton said.
“No, I wouldn’t rule it out.”
Hillary Clinton’s concession speech.
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Clinton acknowledged that she doesn’t know of any established method for challenging Trump’s win — which would create an unprecedented situation of a defeated presidential candidate disputing an election long after it has been settled.
But she suggested the overturn this month of Kenya’s presidential election might provide a path.
“What happened in Kenya, which I’m only beginning to delve into, is that the Supreme Court there said there are so many really unanswered and problematic questions, we’re going to throw the election out and re-do it,” Clinton said.
In her campaign memoir “What Happened,” Clinton has insisted that Russia’s election interference was a decisive factor in President Trump’s (pictured) surprise victory.
“We have no such provision in our country. And usually we don’t need it.”
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta defeated challenger Raila Odinga by more than one million votes. But the nation’s Supreme Court ruled in a 4-2 decision that there were so many irregularities in the vote that a recount was needed. The court did not pinpoint specific problems with the outcome, but critics of the election suggested there were flaws with tallying forms and violent intimidation of election officials.
Clinton pointed out that Cambridge Analytica — the electoral data firm hired by Trump’s campaign — also served Kenyatta’s reelection committee. Cambridge Analytica also worked for the “leave” campaign that prevailed in the United Kingdom’s Brexit vote last year.
Donald Trump in the White House
“We know that there was this connection,” Clinton said.
Congress is investigating Cambridge Analytica for any potential links to the Russian hackers blamed for meddling in the U.S. election.
In public addresses and her campaign memoir “What Happened,” Clinton has insisted that Russia’s election interference was a decisive factor in Trump’s surprise victory.
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