Clinton Can't Decide If It's Her Fault Trump Won Or Comey's Fault She Lost

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton was criticised for swearing on TV. Andrew Kelly/Reuters

Hillary Clinton seems unsure why she did not win the 2016 presidential election, lashing out at James Comey over her defeat just one week after blaming herself for Donald Trump's victory.

The former secretary of state reiterated her view that a letter sent by then FBI director James Comey prior to the election was responsible for her loss, in an interview with CNN on Sunday.

Comey wrote a letter to Congress just before election day, to say his agents had found new evidence in the completed Clinton case, despite having announced the case was closed back in July.

But shortly afterward Comey announced once again that the case was closed—but by that point, Clinton believes, her chances at the presidency had been badly affected.

"I would have won but for Jim Comey's letter on October 28," Clinton said in the Sunday interview.

"I think everyday that goes by, the evidence of that becomes clearer," she said, adding: "And I don't blame any woman who hears that, 'Oh the FBI's opening another investigation into Hillary Clinton' for saying well, 'I'm not wasting my vote' or 'I can't vote for her' or 'I'm just not going to vote now.'"

Clinton has made similar statements before, also addressing the reasons why she lost the election in her book What Happened, but still seems unsure why she lost the election.

Just one week ago, the former presidential hopeful said she believed it was her fault Trump was in office as she did not find a way to defeat him.

Speaking to The Sunday Times, the former presidential hopeful said she had been surprised by the results of the November 2016 election; indeed polls largely universally predicted a victory for the Democrat ahead of the vote.

"I thought I'd be a damn good president, I did not think I was going to lose," Clinton told the publication. "I feel a terrible sense of responsibility for not having figured out how to defeat this person. There must have been a way and I didn't find it."