Clinton just discussed contesting the 2016 election results (details)

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Hillary Clinton has been busy lately with promoting her book What Happened. As a part of the promotion, she has been doing many interviews. In an interview on Monday, she raised many interesting points.

Clinton sat down with NPR’s Terry Gross, where she was asked about the idea of contesting the 2016 election results. Gross asked if she would rule out contesting the election results if more Russian interference evidence comes to light.

Here’s that part of the interview below:

Gross: I want to get back to the question, would you completely rule out questioning the legitimacy of this election if we learn that the Russian interference in the election is even deeper than we know now?

Clinton: No. I would not. I would say —

Gross: You’re not going to rule it out?

Clinton: No, I wouldn’t rule it out.

Clinton quickly followed that up by explaining the difficulty of doing so at this point, as there isn’t a clear legal path to do so.

“There are scholars, academics, who have arguments that it would be [possible], but I don’t think they’re on strong ground. But people are making those arguments. I just don’t think we have a mechanism,” Clinton said.

Clinton was not shy about tying Trump’s campaign actions into the Russian interference.

“I think you can raise questions,” Mrs. Clinton said. “He knew they were trying to do whatever they could to discredit me with emails, so there’s obviously a trail there, but I don’t know that in our system we have any means of doing that, but I just wanted to add to the point you made. There’s no doubt they influenced the election: We now know more about how they did that.”

CNN’s Chris Cillizza pointed out that this kind of talk from Clinton is a “big deal” because she has yet to discuss the possibility of contesting the election. Cillizza explained that Hillary does not just say these things off the cuff, and has therefore been considering the possibility.


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