Hillary Clinton says Mueller report shows obstruction occurred
Hillary Clinton said Saturday that two “inescapable conclusions” came from special counsel Robert Mueller’s report — Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election and "obstruction of justice occurred."
Clinton, who lost her bid for the presidency in 2016 against then-candidate Donald Trump, made the remarks during an appearance with Madeleine Albright at their alma mater, Wellesley College.
Clinton said Saturday that Russia “conducted a sweeping and systemic interference in our election.”
"You cannot read the report, chapter and verse, fact after fact, without reaching those conclusions," the former Secretary of State told the crowd.
Clinton went on to say that people are tired of hearing about the findings of Mueller's report and are ready to move on "to their normal lives."
“People just want to quit hearing about it and get back to their normal lives. There is nothing normal about undermining the rule of law. There is nothing normal about attacking the press. There is nothing normal about trying to undermine another branch of government,” she said, according to the Associated Press.
The remarks Saturday were Clinton’s first public comments on obstruction since Mueller gave a televised statement on his report last month. The special counsel said his office could not make a prosecutorial decision over obstruction of justice, citing existing Justice Department guidelines that prevent the indictment of a sitting president.
But Mueller also maintained that his report did not exonerate Trump.
“If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” he said at a press conference last month.
Clinton has previously noted that she believes Russian interference in the 2016 election was a factor in her loss to Trump.
Clinton and Albright, both former Secretaries of State, reportedly discussed the current state of women’s rights globally and the impact social media and the speed of information is having on society.