Hillary Clinton has made crystal clear who she blames for Russian interference in the 2016 US election.

Clinton, in an interview with USA Today published Monday night, said she believes associates of then-candidate Donald Trump had an “understanding” that Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted her to lose and wanted Trump to win.

“There was certainly communications, and there was certainly an understanding of some sort,” Clinton said.

“And there’s no doubt in my mind that there are a tangle of financial relationships between Trump and his operation with Russian money,” Clinton said, asserting that she is also confident the Trump campaign “worked really hard to hide their connections with Russians.”

Clinton’s remarks echo those of congressional investigators who have pointed to some top-level officials within Trump’s inner circle who have been accused of misrepresenting their contacts with Russian diplomats and insiders tied to the Kremlin during and after the 2016 campaign.

Members of that inner…

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