Twice failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said that President Donald Trump led a “seditious conspiracy” against the U.S government to hold on to power after “losing” the 2020 presidential election.
During an interview on “CBS Evening News,” anchor Norah O’Donnell asked Clinton, “What is your takeaway about the January 6 committee and Donald Trump’s actions?”
Clinton said, “I would not be honest if I didn’t say I think there was a seditious conspiracy against the government of the United States, and that’s a crime.”
O’Donnell said, “Led by Donald Trump.”
Clinton responded, “Led by Donald Trump, encouraged by Donald Trump.”
“You know, I was the secretary of state. I spent, you know, many days on airplanes, flying from place to place, encouraging people to have a real democracy.”
“And one of the hallmarks of a real democracy is the peaceful transfer of power,” Clinton said.
“Was I happy when I beat Donald Trump by nearly 3 million votes but lost the Electoral College?” Clinton asked.
“No, I was not happy. Did I ever for a nanosecond think, ‘I’m gonna claim victory and try to get the Democrats to refuse to certify the election?’ No.”
If Trump runs again, Clinton said, “he should be soundly defeated.”
“It should start in the Republican Party,” she added. “Grow a backbone. Stand up to this guy […] And heaven forbid if he gets the nomination, he needs to be defeated roundly and sent back to Mar-a-Lago.”
Last month, the FBI raided Trump’s Florida residence in search of classified documents.
In 2016, Clinton was under investigation for her own handling of classified information using a
private server as Secretary of State.
Then-FBI Director James Comey said that although Clinton and her team were extremely careless, he recommended she not be prosecuted.
Clinton claimed that was a “very different situation” from what Trump is currently facing.
“I was cleared and [Comey] just kept talking and talking,” she said. “And then came up with a new reason to talk some more 10 days before the election.”
“So I think it’s a really different comparison to what’s going on here when it appears that the Justice Department and the FBI have been incredibly patient, quiet, careful, until they finally apparently thought that national security was at stake,” she added.